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VaranasiIndia

Situated on the banks of the Ganges River is one of the oldest cities in the world, a sacred place for Hindus, filled with temples and holy sites.

For thousands of years, people have worshipped on the shores of the River Ganges at Varanasi. The ancient city is of great spiritual importance to Hindus because, according to legend, Lord Shiva and his wife Parvati stood here at the beginning of time. It is an exciting place of temples, shrines and rituals on the western banks of the river.

A good way to understand the importance of the river to Hindus is to take a boat ride along the waterfront to see the ghats. These are the long stone steps that lead from the city's alleys down to the river. At any time you may see people praying, bathing and washing their clothes. Weddings, funerals and cremations are also conducted on the banks of the river.

In the evening, go to Dasaswamedh Ghat to see the nightly ritual where thousands of lamps float across the water. The ghat is close to the 18th-century Kasha Vishwanath Temple and to the Jantar Mantar Observatory. Tour the 18th-century science base and see instruments that once recorded the motion of stars. The observatory is on the roof of the palace of Man Mahal.

Varanasi has temples at just about every turn. As a general rule, non-Hindus are not permitted inside Hindu temples, but do visit some of the sanctuaries to appreciate their architecture. The white marble Tulsi Manas Temple is open to everyone. Step inside to see walls decorated with images from Hindu legends.

While Hinduism is the main religion in India, Varanasi is also sacred to Buddhists. Visit the small village of Sarnath, just outside the city, where Buddha first preached his message of peace. See ancient holy structures, such as the Dhamekh Stupa, which dates back to the 5th century.

Being a place of religious significance to many Indians, Varanasi is well connected to many parts of the country by road, rail and air. Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport is the nearest international airport, just 11 miles (18 kilometers) away.

When you see the temples and rituals along the waterfront, you'll understand why Varanasi is so special to many Indians.

Where to stay in Varanasi

Top hotels in Varanasi

Taj Nadesar Palace,Varanasi
Taj Nadesar Palace,Varanasi
5 out of 5
Nadesar Palace Grounds, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
The price is Rs13,999 per night from 21 Jan to 22 Jan

Located in the heart of Varanasi, this luxury hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from JVH Mall and within 3 miles (5 km) of Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Dasaswamedh ghat. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (20 reviews)

"Excellent service. Relaxing, beautiful property. Excellent food. Highly recommended."…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2020

Taj Nadesar Palace,Varanasi
Taj Ganges, Varanasi
Taj Ganges, Varanasi
5 out of 5
Nadesar Palace Grounds, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs4,500 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan

Located in the heart of Varanasi, this luxury hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from JVH Mall and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Bharat Mata and Vishwanatha ...

4.2/5Very Good! (228 reviews)

"Great Property and excellent hospitality. Vandana, the from t desk staff was extremely helpful and polite."…"

Reviewed on 23 Dec 2020

Taj Ganges, Varanasi
Ramada Plaza by Wyndham JHV Varanasi
Ramada Plaza by Wyndham JHV Varanasi
5 out of 5
The Mall, Cantonment, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
The price is Rs4,229 per night from 21 Jan to 22 Jan

Situated in the historical district, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from JVH Mall and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Bharat Mata. Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Dasaswamedh ...

3.8/5Good! (202 reviews)

"Generally comfortable, modern room though the bathroom showed evidence of prior life. It was a little shabby but perfectly functioning - nice hot showers, etc. and useful clothesline in tub. Breakfast options very good and room service menu and delivery were fine."…"

Reviewed on 8 Feb 2020

Ramada Plaza by Wyndham JHV Varanasi
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Varanasi

Savoy Suites Noida
Savoy Suites Noida
3.5 out of 5
A -79A, Sector 16, Noida, Uttar Pradesh
The price is Rs3,000 per night from 21 Jan to 22 Jan

Situated in Noida, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Atta Market and Noida Film City. Worlds of Wonder is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away. Noida Sector 16 Station ...

Savoy Suites Noida
Desire Villa
Desire Villa
3 out of 5
Celebrity Greens, Sushant Golf city, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
The price is Rs1,338 per night from 21 Jan to 22 Jan

Situated in Lucknow, this golf villa is within 3 miles (5 km) of HCL IT City, Phoenix Palassio and Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium. ...

Desire Villa
Bankey Bihari Holiday Homes By Naavagat
Bankey Bihari Holiday Homes By Naavagat
4 out of 5
F40 G Ganpati Infinity Chhatikaran, Vridavan Road near Shanti Sewa Dhaam, Mat, Uttar Pradesh
The price is Rs1,607 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan

This family-friendly Vrindavan aparthotel is located in the historical district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Banke Bihari Temple and Madan Mohan Temple. Prem Mandir ...

1.8/5 (6 reviews)

"This place is good to stay if you are looking for a stay completely disconnected and reserved. The place is away from the main town and and has limited connnectivity for both, comminication and commution. The person here did not even check for normal documents for check in. For almost 30 minutes ..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Oct 2020

Bankey Bihari Holiday Homes By Naavagat
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Verified traveller

20 Feb 2020

Kashi is an ancient Hindu city with great history. Experience the spiritual fervour with with the awesome ghats ans great food like jalebis,chats,kachoris,and puri sabzi. Be also ready for crowded places and honking of vehicles.

5/5 - Excellent

ISABELLE

5 Jan 2020

An amazing experience with so much culture, and above all lovely people. Safe place to go to. December weather is dull, but all the colours people wear make this place shiny and beautiful.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Aug 2019

Familiar nature Interactive Helpful & Simplicity of the people of Varanasi

5/5 - Excellent

Abhiraj

13 Aug 2019

City of temple... lots of fun... very interesting sight seen..

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 May 2019

City is wonderful. Got a real feel of holiness

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

29 Mar 2019

This hotel gives you feel of Dharmasthala initially. Small galis and less transport gives you bad feeling But if you visit Varanasi the you must have to visit near by area of this hotel. So it's good to stay here.

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