What a Varanasi hotel offers business guests
Varanasi, also called Kashi or Banaras, is believed to be one of the oldest cities in the world. One of the top attractions of Varanasi is the holy Ganges River. Take a boat cruise down the Ganges at dawn, and along with observing the wonderful sunrise, you’ll get a chance to observe fascinating Hindu traditions along the river banks. You can book hotels in Varanasi with great views of the river.
What makes Varanasi stand out?
Hindus believe that a dip in the holy Ganges absolves one of all sins, so you’ll find pilgrimages of all sizes performing rituals along the river. The riverfront steps leading to the river banks of the Ganges are called ‘ghats’. There are 87 ghats in the city of Varanasi.
What can I expect from Varanasi business-wise?
Varanasi is a centre of civilisation and learning. The famous city of Sarnath, just 13km away from Varanasi, is believed to be the site of Buddha’s first sermon after his enlightenment. Varanasi is home to the Benares Hindu University, the biggest university in Asia. Varanasi is also believed to be the birthplace of Ayurveda, the foundation of modern medical practices such as plastic surgery. In addition to playing an important role in religion and philosophy, Varanasi has been central to the development of Indian arts and crafts, which have prospered here for centuries. Trade and commerce have also flourished here since ancient times. Some of the finest silks, as well as gold and silver brocades, are a speciality of Varanasi.
What can I do around my Varanasi hotel in my spare time?
There are innumerable temples in Varanasi – step out of your Varanasi hotel and you’re sure to find one or two of them at every turn. The most famous of them all is the Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Also called the Golden Temple, it is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Lahore supplied 800kg of gold plating for the tower and the dome of the temple in the early 19th century. The Gyan Kupor Well lies to the northern side of the Vishwanath Temple. Although drinking the water from this well is believed to elevate you to a higher spiritual plane, it can’t be accessed as it’s under heavy security at all times.