If one could suggest a single place that attracts most pilgrim footfall in India, it can only be this city. Almost 20 out of each hundred pilgrimage traveller in or to India, lands in Varanasi as part of his/her itinerary.
Viswanatha temple of Kashi is one of the 12 Jyotir Linga sthan of Lord Shiva and attracts a massive devotee base through out the year’. Add to this is the dominating presence of Holy river Ganga, that flows parallel to the entire city limit.
Besides, Varanasi is an ancient centre of learning and textile industry too. All these factors, together makes this city unique and very important.
The city can be used as the base station for visiting many other places too. Allahabad [Prayagraj}, famous for the confluence of Ganga and Yamuna is 125 kms away and is well connected by rail and road. Sarnath- the famus centre of Budhistlearning is just 6kms from the city centre. Ayodhya, the birth place of Lord Sriram, is about 200 kms. Regular buses and trains ply in between.
The city is easily accessible from all parts of the country by road, rail and air .