Varanasi, Hinduism’s holiest city, draws more than a million pilgrims annually to ritually bathe in the sacred waters of the Ganges River, whose waters are believed to wash away sin. Banares Hindu University is one of Varanasi's most famous landmarks and its campus is home to the Bharat Kala Museum which boasts a fantastic collection of art, sculptures, miniature paintings and Mughal artifacts.
The architectural masterpieces of Khajuraho's majestic temples, which rank amongst the most important archaeological sites in India, feature over 800 sculptures and are adorned with ornate spires, carved pillars and erotic panels. Just 22 of the original 85 temples remain today and these stunning monuments feature intricately carved friezes depicting all aspects of life including the spiritual and sensual. The largest and most exquisite of the group is Kandariya Mahadeva which features carvings of celestial maidens, eternal lovers, gods and goddesses.