Banaras or Varanasi - the Eternal City
by Arunava Ghose
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There was a city - thriving and prosperous - on the banks of the River Ganges, more that three thousand years ago. It is mentioned in the Vedas and in many ancient travelogues. Today, it remains the oldest continuously inhabited city, home to over 4 million people.
My focus primarily is on the ancient Ghats and the labyrinthine lanes that forms the core of the mystique that is Varanasi.