Benares has a unique ambience of long-lasting peace, intellectual activities and ingrained spirituality, breaking the limits of cast, creed and religion, witnessing centuries of progress, degeneration and political assaults.
Situated in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi is home to the holy river Ganges and is a centre for Indian culture. Some of the main attractions include the Ganga Aarti, a traditional yet spectacular ceremony that involves a set of priests holding a metal structure set on fire, towards the river. They rotate the flames in a clockwise manner, offering prayers to the mother Goddess Ganga (after which the river is named).
This takes place in the evening every day at Dashashwamedh Ghat. A ghat is basically a set of stairs that lead down into the river.
Varanasi is a mystic city, where the narrow paths are homes to the temples of several deities. Hindus often visit Varanasi and its ‘Kashi’ temple, as a pilgrimage.
Not too far from the city, is Sarnath, a Buddhist pilgrim site, that consists of a magnificent temple, gardens and statues.
As for accommodation, I recommend staying at the Ramada JHV Plaza, for a comfortable, luxurious stay.
So enjoy a boat ride along the mystic month we river Ganga, at Varanasi.