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Benares
The Banks of the Ganges at Benares, 1890, Major Edward Molyneaux
Public DomainThe Banks of the Ganges at Benares, 1890, Major Edward Molyneaux

Modern-day Varanasi, one of India’s holiest cities, was once named Benares or Kashi. The city runs along the west bank of the Ganges river, and is sacred to Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. It is thought to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, and is probably the oldest in India.

 

Modern-day Varanasi
Creative Commons AttributionModern-day Varanasi - Credit: www.viajar24h.com, Flickr