Varanasi, formerly known as Banaras, is one of the most important religious cities in India, situated on the banks of the river Ganges. It is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. Its unique culture and spiritual atmosphere, transformed it into a major tourist destination. The city is called Kashi, "the luminous" and is referred to as "city of temples and learning." Varanasi is also a noted centre for silk weaving and brassware. Fine silks and brocaded fabrics, exquisite saris, brassware, jewellery, woodcraft, carpets, wall hangings, lamp shades and masks of Hindu and Buddhist deities are some of Varanasi's shopping attractions.
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