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.

Interests

  • Heritage

Highlights

  • Boat Rides on The Ganges
  • Ganga Aarti
  • Spirituality
  • Sarnath

Places to Stay

Brijrama Palace

Style: Heritage

Brijrama Palace is a unique heritage hotel on the bank of the Ganges in Varanasi. Originally built in 1812, it is one of the oldest buildings in the area and incorporates classical Indian and Greek architecture.

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Nadesar Palace

Style: Heritage

The Nadesar Palace is located in the bustling holy city of Varanasi, amongst mango orchards, jasmine and marigold fields.

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Radisson Hotel Varanasi

Style: International

The Radisson Hotel Varanasi, effortlessly combines classic heritage with contemporary elegance to establish itself as the discerning traveller's favored getaway.

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Suryauday Haveli

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.

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The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi

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.

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Activities in Varanasi

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.

3h-Tallis-Private Aarti

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.

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