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  • Colourful main ghat, Varanasi, India
  • The River Ganges, Varanasi, India
  • Hindu man washing, Varanasi, India
  • Religious man in robes, Varanasi, India
  • View of Varanasi from the River Ganges, India
  • Ganga puja ceremony, Varanasi, India
  • Ghats in the ancient city of Varanasi, India



Known as one of the holiest destinations in India, Varanasi sits on the banks of the sacred river Ganges and is the site where Hindu pilgrims come to bathe in the ghats in a ritual that washes away ones sins and cleanses the mind body and spirit.

Alongside the bathing ghats are the burning ghats or funeral pyres here the bodies of the recently deceased are taken and cremated leaving a haze of smoke over the riverfront. The Old City is a maze of tiny alleys and is home to several colourful temples, including the beautiful Golden Temple - which is only accessible to Hindus.

Varanasi is one of India’s main silk producers making it the ideal place to purchase exquisite high quality fabrics. Close to Varanasi and worth a visit is Sarnath, the site where Buddha preached his first sermon and is now a spiritual place of mainly ruined stupas, shrines and temples.

Varanasi Hotels

$$$$ Nedesar Palace Varanasi

Forts & Palaces, Character Boutique, Luxury

A luxurious mansion located on the banks of the sacred river Ganges, Nadesar Palace was built by the East India Company to house officers stationed in the Holy city of Varanasi. The Palace was bought...

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$$ The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi Varanasi

Located amidst 40 acres of beautifully manicured gardens, The Gateway offers a tranquil haven just 6kms outside the busy Holy city of Varanasi. The hotels façade is not particularly attractive...

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