Mirzapur lies about 51 km from Varanasi and draws devotees and nature lovers alike. Vindhyachal, a small town in the district of Mirzapur, is the highlight of the place. Situated on the banks of River Ganges, it is one of the most famous shaktipeeths (place where the severed body parts of Goddess Shakti fell) of Goddess Vindhyavasini. It also finds mention in ancient scriptures and as per the reference, Goddess Vindhyavasini is believed to be an instant bestower of blessings. The town boasts many other shrines dedicated to the goddess. Its many ghats and structures that date back to the British era are also quite interesting. 

Mirzapur is famous for its brassware and carpet industry. The concept of handwoven carpets was introduced here by the Mughals in the 16th century. Today, Mirzapur is believed to produce a huge percentage of India's carpets that are a blend of Persian and western styles. 

The scenic beauty of the region is also noteworthy and one can visit some of the popular ghats like Nar Ghat and Pakka Ghat.

Mirzapur was properly established by the British East India Company in 1735 though signs of civilisation have been found dating back to 5000 BCE. Evidence like artefacts and painted rocks unearthed here also show that Palaeolithic age existed in the region of Belan River Valley. Some petroglyphs discovered in the sandstone of the Vindhya range are as old as 17000 BCE. 

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