Varanasi – The Land of Silk and Dreams

by Lianne Walker

Wonder Podcast

Season 3 Episode 4

Varanasi – The Land of Silk and Dreams


Ganga Aarti Varanasi: Wikimedia Commons


In Northern India there lies a city, believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world and the spiritual home of India.


Thousands flock here each day, to bathe in the waters of the Ganges, to cremate their loved ones, to pray in their many temples and/or to commune and to learn.


This city has a strong heritage in music, literature, arts and craft, the most cherished being the art of silk weaving, known the world over for the beautiful and prized Banarasi sarees.


It is also a city of legends, with myths and tales of curiosity across its narrow alleyways and in its many ruins.


It is a vibrant city of contrasts, a much loved and revered Holy city, a commercial city, a seat of learning and all wrapped up in its daily bustle, noise and pollution; it is a land of silk and dreams.


This is the story of Varanasi.


Banarasi Saree : Wikimedia Commons


The sources I mentioned in the show are listed below

Living History

Living History Video

Varanasi City

Sacred Sites


Telegraph India



The music is a piece called “Gardens of Delhi” – from Music Loops

Varanasi Ghat : Wikimedia Commons

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