"sacred city of Kashi"

Creative Commons AttributionVaranasi - Credit: Steve Evans
The city of Kashi in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is also known as Varanasi or Benares.  Kashi was the name given to the city in the Rigveda and means "the luminous one". 

The city is located on the west bank of the River Ganges and is considered a holy place and a centre of great cultural and religious importance.