Varanasi has got a makeover. At least, along the 25-km stretch of road through which the convoy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart, and guest, Shinzo Abe, will pass through on Saturday.
The two leaders will visit the temple city and attend a ‘Ganga Aarti’ at the famous Dashashwamedh Ghat.
It would be the first time that Mr. Modi will visit his constituency with a foreign dignitary. The visit comes in the backdrop of the Partner City Agreement between Kyoto and Varanasi signed by the two leaders during Mr. Modi’s trip to Japan last August.
Varanasi is barely 15 km from Sarnath, a holy site for Buddhists, where Lord Buddha is believed to have delivered his first sermon.