Varanasi is a city of traditional classical culture. No cultured visitor to Varanasi should fail to visit Sarnath which lies at a distance of a few miles to the north of the city. If Varanasi is one of the holiest places for the Hindus, Sarnath is the same to the Buddhists. It was here that Buddha preached his gospel for the first time in 532 B. C. The archaeological finds at Rajghat, on the northern outskirts of the present Varanasi, bear witness to the continued existence of the town at least as far back as the IX century B. C., but the town must be much older. It is also the city of education having 4 universities including Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Banaras Hindu University (BHU), and other prestigious universities.
In short, Varanasi is the city which cannot be explained in few words: It’s an oldest of all the cities, It’s a city of temples, It’s a city of food, It’s a city of streets, It’s a city of tradition, It’s a city of cultures, It’s a centre of moksha, It’s a center of knowledge, It’s not only a city…… It is much more than that.