The famous Ganga aarti (Hindu religious way of worshiping) along the Dashashwamedh Ghat is a choreographed, well-rehearsed act of Pooja which over the years is attracting millions of tourists across the world. Yes, it is not fancy, but you won’t mind experiencing it once. Its hymns chanting give goosebumps.
How can one miss the queen of silks, but with time her sheen have wore a faded look. Her shine has frayed and younger rivals has now become the new darlings of the evening.
Not many would know that this fabric gained popularity under the Mughal rule. As its name tells about its origin, Varanasi, a city which is also called Benares or Banaras. The saris are among the finest saris in India and are known for their gold and silver brocade or zari, fine silk and opulent embroidery. The saris are made of finely woven silk and are decorated with intricate design, and, because of these engravings, are relatively heavy.
With the nation’s top designers coming together to recreate the magic of Banarasi weaves with a contemporary twist, the princess of silks may get its lost glory.
If you love visiting temples, if spirituality is your thing, be my guest, places of worship are like everywhere. Well, I am not that much of a religious person, so for me Banaras was all about observing life being lead at a different pace amid Ghats, boats and food.
This post was originally published on Wanderer's Diary.