For ages, the pious land of Kashi has been a major pilgrimage centre for Hindus. One of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, Varanasi (Banaras) has been a mute witness to innumerable historic events and upheavals. Mythological records reveal that it is at this place where River Ganges, originated from the tresses of Lord Shiva, expanded into the mighty river that today, traverses the Indian subcontinent. Considering the importance of Ganges, or Ganga in local parlance, among Hindus, it is believed that one who dies on the sacred land of Varanasi is bound to attain salvation and freedom for reincarnation.
Besides the Hindu religious sects - Vaishnavism and Shaivism, which have co-existed in Varanasi harmoniously, the city is also a prominent hub for Jainism as it is believed to be the birthplace of the 23rd Tirthankar Parsvanath. Not just religion, but knowledge, culture, philosophy and Indian arts and crafts have all flourished in Varanasi over the centuries. Serving as the cultural and spiritual capital of the country, Varanasi is definitely a place worth exploring.
Attractions in Varanasi
One of the oldest ghats in Varanasi, the Dashashwamedha Ghat is said to be the place where ten horses were sacrificed by Lord Brahma. With a riverfront in the backdrop, this ghat looks beautiful during the evening Aarti.
Manikarnika Ghat is believed to be the centre of the five tirthas and is most known as a cremation spot for Hindus. There is a well at this sacred ghat that is said to have been dug by Lord Vishnu.
The southernmost ghat of Varanasi, Assi Ghat marks the confluence of Ganga and Asi rivers. Pilgrims come here to bathe before paying their homage to Lord Shiva, who is enshrined in the form of a Lingam at the ghat.
Kashi Vishwanath Temple
Kashi Vishwanath Temple is a Shiva shrine in Varanasi, dedicated to one of the twelve renowned Jyotirlingas of India. It has earned the sobriquet of Golden Temple owing to the golden planting done on its 15.5-m high spire.
Banaras Hindu University
Popularly known as BHU, the Banaras Hindu University is undoubtedly one of the most prized possessions of Varanasi. Inside this historical campus is the Bharat Kala Bhavan, where a vast collection of paintings, sculptures and archaeological items are displayed.
Our Recommended Hotels in Varanasi
Rivatas by Ideal
The Mall Road, Cantonment Varanasimore...
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Rivatas By Ideal is a premium hotel in the vibrant city of ghats – Varanasi. There are 68 aesthetically-designed accommodation units in the hotel that are categorised as Deluxe Rooms, Executive Suites and Deluxe Suites. For a great dining experience, guests can step-in to the in-house multi-cuisine restaurant, which serves an array of delicacies, ranging from local to international dishes. The hotel also has an Indian speciality restaurant and a well-stocked bar. Within the premises of the hotel, there is a spa, swimming pool and health club for recreation purpose. In addition to these facilities, the hotel also provides travel assistance for sightseeing.
Radisson Hotel Varanasi
The Mall Cantonment, Varanasimore...
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Radisson Hotel Varanasi is a 5-star property that offers luxurious stay in the city of ghats and temples, Varanasi. It has 116 elegant accommodation units, which are categorised as Superior Room (100), Business Class Room (14) and Suite (2). Guests can head to the on-site multi-cuisine restaurants, bar and lounge bar for a fine dining experience. There is a spa, swimming pool, health club, gift shop and curio shop in the premises of the hotel for recreation and leisure. The hotel also has a state-of-the-art business centre, conference rooms, banquet halls and open-air venue to organise important business events and social gatherings.
Ramada Plaza JHV
The Mall, Cantonment, Varanasimore...
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Ramada Plaza JHV offers a luxurious stay in the holy city of Varanasi and has 120 well-maintained accommodation units, which are categorised as Suites, Club Rooms and Superior Rooms. With two multi-cuisine restaurants, an Indian speciality restaurant, a bar-cum-lounge and poolside bar, this hotel offers a fine dining facility to its guests. There is a well-equipped fitness centre and spa within the premises of the hotel. It also houses a beauty salon, which offers a wide variety of services. To cater to the conference requirements of its business guests, the hotel offers state-of-the-art banquet halls and business centre with modern equipment.
Gateway Ganges Varanasi
Nadesar Palace Grounds, Cantonmentmore...
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The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi is luxury hotel, which is located close to the famous Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Spread over an area of 40 acres, this hotel offers 130 aesthetically designed accommodation units, which are classified into Standard Rooms, Executive Rooms, Executive Suites and Deluxe Suites categories. There is a multi-cuisine restaurant, an Indian speciality restaurant and a well-stocked bar in the premises, where guests can pamper their taste buds with palatable delicacies and exotic drinks. The hotel houses a fitness centre, swimming pool and spa for recreation and leisure. There is a shopping arcade within the premises. The hotel offers three meetings rooms and an open-air venue to conduct business and social events.
Nadesar Palace Groundsmore...
Nadesar Palace, located in Varanasi, is a luxury hotel by Taj Group. Established in 1835, this palatial property has 10 luxurious suites that are categorised as Palace Room, Historical Suite and Royal Suite. The two multi-cuisine restaurants in the premises serve an array of delicacies including traditional and contemporary dishes. The hotel has a spa that offers several kinds of massages therapies, beauty treatments, body scrubs and wraps. Recreational facilities on offer at this hotel include a swimming pool, yoga sessions, 4-hole golf course and well-manicured gardens. The hotel also provides conferencing facilities to organise seminars, meetings, parties and social functions.
Hotel Clarks Varanasi
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Hotel Clarks of the holy city of Varanasi is situated near the banks of the Varuna River. Some of the basic utilities, offered by the establishment, are central air-conditioning, currency-exchange facility, wireless internet access, travel assistance and cab-rental. Its recreational aspect is defined by its outdoor swimming pool and yoga and fitness centres. Its eateries include a restaurant, coffee-house, Tarang bar and tea-lounge and outdoor dining by the pool. Besides these, the property also offers facilities for holding conference and banquet dining at six halls, specially designed for these purposes.
The property offers lodgings in the form of its 104 standard rooms, 19 Executive Rooms and 2 suites. Inside their bed-units, guests can watch unlimited free movies and satellite channels on televisions, make calls from phones or avail the in-room dining. The attached bathrooms have all basic amenities like shampoos, hairdryers, soaps, shaving kit and hot and cold water.
Hotel Hindustan International Varanasi
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Hindustan International is a 5 star hotel in Varanasi, located near the small Pishach Mochan Tal. Parking, airport transfer, banquet halls, currency-exchange, concierge and secretarial services are all offered by this luxury establishment. For relaxation, guests can enjoy in the pool with snacks and beverages or flock to the spa for a nice pedicure. Guests have the option of gorging on Indian and international dishes at the Aangan Restaurant, savor beverages and snacks at the Atrium Cafe and unwind with cocktails at the Windsor Bar.
There are 98 accommodation-units here designated as Colony Rooms, Premier Club Rooms and Suite Rooms. All beds are big and have 5 pillows for added comfort of guests. For in-room entertainment, guests will find 42 inch LCD television sets, DVD players and a work-desk with Internet connection. The units also have walk-in closets and attached bathrooms with spacious tubs, showers and all bath amenities.
Map of Varanasi
Varanasi tour packages
Cultural North India
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Classical India and Nepal
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Royal Rajasthan On Wheels
(7N / 8D)
Maharajas Express Indian Panorama
(7N / 8D)
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