Varanasi is the oldest living city in the world dating to the 11th century B.C. Regarded as the spiritual capital of India, it is the most sought-after pilgrimage town for Hindus. It is believed, if anyone dies in Varanasi will attain salvation and freedom from the cycle of birth and rebirth. Sarnath, near Varanasi is where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon after enlightenment. Boat rides on the holy river Ganges, walking and practicing yoga and meditation on the ghat are popular activities for tourists in Varanasi.