Although I’ve never lived in Uttar Pradesh myself, my roots still belong there and no matter where one goes in the world, the roots can’t be uprooted.
Banaras, or as people call it Varanasi, is a major city in Uttar Pradesh. The people and their dialect instantly made me feel at home. The moment I landed, I could overhear people talking in ‘my’ language and although people say U.P is not a very safe place to travel especially for a girl alone, somehow I didn’t fear being on my own.
Sometimes, there’s a lot to see in a new place but not so much to feel. Banaras is the complete opposite. It’s all about the vibe of every corner of this city. The city thrives in chaos yet it’s the very heart and rhythm of the city that makes it alluring. It’s not the type of chaos one can really imagine. Only when you go you’ll see that it’s not about the usual cars honking or the traffic. It’s the clash of some beautiful sounds and sight which makes it peculiar.
On one hand, river Ganga flows uninterrupted while on the banks, the resting bodies await Moksh. On the streets, you can hear the sadhus chanting mantra while on the banks, the Ganga Aarti attracts attention. Within the chaos, there’s a sense of peace and that’s what makes it different from the normal city life. One could probably write a descriptive essay on this, however, I’ll head on to the places to visit in this holy city.