Sacred Brahmin bull / cow wanders through the street. Here at Gadolia Chowk a busy shopping distrct / area of Varanasi. The culture of Varanasi is closely associated with the River Ganges and the river's religious importance.It is "the religious capital of India"and an important pilgrimage destination.Varanasi, also known as Benares, an ancient city, one of the world's oldest continually inhabited cities, situated on the left/west bank of the sacred Ganges River. Regarded as holy by Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains. Uttar Pradesh State, India, Asia.