Varanasi, the holy city, is older than history and legend! Located along the banks of the holy River Ganges, it is the oldest living city in the world. Thousands of scholars and sadhus (holy men) visit Varanasi every year to gain ancient wisdom and debate the nature of Godhead, whilst Hindu pilgrims flock to the riverside to wash away their sins and conduct significant life and death rituals. An awe-inspiring melting pot, the spiritual capital of India is also known for its beautiful silks, perfumes and sculptures. Colorful, chaotic, inspiring and moving, Varanasi is not for the faint-hearted.
The Nadesar Palace is located in the bustling holy city of Varanasi, amongst mango orchards, jasmine and marigold fields. See Hotel
Hotel Style: Heritage
A recently lovingly renovated and restored Haveli on the Shivala Ghat on the banks of Ganges is now a new boutique hotel by the name of Suryauday. See Hotel
The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi
Hotel Style: International
Much like the city it is anchored in, the Gateway Hotel enjoys a continuous stream of faithful guests who are completely bowled over by this veritable haven of peace, tranquility and simplicity. See Hotel
Things to do
City Highlights of Varanasi
Be enchanted by the colorful maze of ghats lining the Ganges in Varanasi… a crossing place between the physical and spiritual worlds – where both death and life come together. Enjoy morning and evening boat rides on the Ganges
City Highlights of Allahabad
Visit the holy Sangam (confluence) of 3 of India’s holiest rivers – Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswathi; enjoy a boat ride on the river Ganges; be mesmerized by Akbar’s majestic Allahabad Fort and the Ashoka Pillar. EI Special Activities: Explore the Allahabad University, one of the finest examples of Indo-Saracenic architecture.
Indulge in a Private Aarti – an experience that recreates the magical evening of a Ganga aarti especially for you, away from the madding crowd, in a temple overlooking the Ganges river. Pay salutations to the Holy river and your ancestors while sacred mantras are chanted. Extend the ceremony to include a traditional ‘deep daan’ (oil lamp immersion) on the Ganges from a beautifully decorated boat, accompanied by live classical music.