Malindo Air becomes the only airline with a non-stop service between Kuala Lumpur and Varanasi
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If you’ve always been fascinated by the holy city of Varanasi in India, here’s good news! Malindo Air commenced its direct Kuala Lumpur-Varanasi route beginning July 18, 2019, with a three-time weekly service utilising the Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
Varanasi (also known as ‘Kashi’ or ‘Benaras’) is located on the bank of the Ganges, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. With its origins dating back to the 11th century BC, it is one of the oldest living cities in the world. Varanasi is also one of the seven holy cities in Hinduism, and so is regarded as an important Hindu pilgrimage point, drawing hordes of devotees to the Ganges river seeking to cleanse their souls by bathing in the sacred waters of the river and perform funeral rites.
Attracting tourists from the world over are some 2,000 temples, including Kashi Vishwanath (the ‘Golden Temple’ dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva), its many ‘ghats’ (river landing stairs) as well as the elegant Banarasi sarees, known for their gold and silver brocade, fine silk and opulent embroidery.
Malindo Air is currently the only airline with a non-stop service between the two cities.