The colourful temples of the city combined with the charismatic vibrancy of the pious ghats paint a distinct picture of Varanasi. Also known as Benaras and Kashi, this one of the oldest city in the world is located on the banks of the River Ganges has a spiritual history behind it and is known as one of the holiest places in the country.
Founded by Lord Shiva around 5000-year ago, the city provides a life-changing experience here with the Hindu traditions and realms of spiritualism in abundance. Many Hindu pilgrims come here to take a dip in the holy water to wash away their sins and sometimes to cremate their loved ones. The theory of ‘Moksha’ is witnessed here in all definite and indefinite forms, attracting thousands of researchers and tourists every year.
Apart from taking walks at ghats to explore the city and its culture, the popular attractions of the place include Kal Bhairava temple, Durga Kund, boat rides, holy dip in River Ganges and the highly buzzing Chhath festival that happens every November.
Some of the stay options for Varanasi are:
This one is a great budget option for tourists on short stay. The hotel is a mere 15-minute walking distance from the main market and provides you comfort away from the hustle bustle of the town. Since the hotel is located on a ghat, the rooms offer great views overlooking the River Ganges. The rooms are clean, comfortable and the staff is very helpful and friendly right from your stay until your departure.
Hotel Rivatas by Ideal
The hotel is a sure-shot way to pamper yourself with amazing services, royal treatment and great food on offer. The rooms are big and nice; and offer perfect recluse to rest in after a long day exploring the ghats at Varanasi.
Feel free to order a luxury massage session for yourself while at the hotel and enjoy the bliss with the free WI-FI they offer you.
The Gateway Hotel
The hotel is a luxury right from the entrance with the amazing interior, royal decor and mind blowing rooms. The security here is stringent and the staff extremely polite and helpful.
Radisson Hotel Varanasi
The hotel comes from one of the most popular hotel chains of Radisson hotels. The hotel lives up to its mark to an extent with commendable services and spacious, nicely done rooms. The special highlight is the breakfast and the buffet service at the hotel.
Scindhia Guest House
This is a good budget option for backpackers. The river side location offers a perfect view from the rooms while the good, home-cooked food ensures you don’t have to run around for food options.
Hotel Ganges View
The hotel is located on one of the most popular ghats, thus ensuring spectacular views from the rooms. All the rooms have beautiful furnishings and the entire hotel is nicely done. Since it’s an old house now renovated into a hotel, parts of the hotel still reflect that old-world charm.