The spiritual capital of the country, Varanasi, also known as Benaras or Kashi, is a city on the banks of the holy River Ganges. It is the holiest of the Sapta Puri, or seven sacred cities, of both Hinduism and Jainism, and it also played a pivotal role in the development of Buddhism.
Varanasi’s Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport is located 24km from the city. The airport primarily services domestic flights, with only select international flights.
Operated by both the Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) and private agencies, buses connect Varanasi to northern cities like Lucknow, Allahabad, Gorakphur as well as other major Indian cities. Bus tickets are easily available across many reputable online travel portals.
Varanasi falls on an extensive network of highways, including NH 2, which links its to Delhi, Agra, Kanpur and Kolkata. National Highway 7, which runs from Varanasi to Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of the country, is listed as the longest national highway in the country.