Varanasi is said to be the oldest surviving city of the world. Varanasi is also called as Kashi or Banaras. Being the most venerated pilgrim place in Hindu religion, Varanasi is said to be a museum of temples. It is also called the city of temples and is home to about 2,000 temples. People from all parts of India as well as the world come to Varanasi to visit these temples, making the holy temples of Varanasi amongst the most visited temples in India. Many important and famous temples are located at Ganga Ghats (river front), adding to the religious value of the holy river, Ganges. "Banaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together". Banaras is the cultural capital of India. Varanasi is a melting pot, where both death and life come together.
Gaya - Gaya is situated about 92 kms. South of Patna and 15 kms. North of Bodh Gaya. Gaya is one of the most important pilgrimage places for the Hindus and Buddhists. This town derives its name from Gayasur, a demon who was an ardent devotee of Vishnu. Gaya lies between Pretshila and Ramshila hills and is washed by the shores of river Phalgu. Gaya is the city which Vishnu is said to have blessed with power to absolve all temporal sins in the same way like Varanasi. This place draws Hindus to the various sacred shrines where they offer prayers and perform the saraddha ceremony for their forefathers and take a dip in the holy river Phalgu. Here, cremations take place on the funeral pyres in the burning ghats along the river.
Allahabad - Allahabad or Prayag as it was previously called is one of the most ancient cities in India. It is famous for housing the hugely famous Kumbha Mela celebrated once in 12 years at the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythological Saraswathi river. The ancient origin of the city has brought it a rich heritage that has enriched the culture of the city immensely. The divinity and sacred culture of the city has given the country a number of national leaders and thinkers to lead the common people of the country. As you will visit the city, the simple and clam lifestyle of the city will definitely steal your heart.