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Varanasi, popularly known as Banaras, is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world and is situated on the banks of river Ganga – the Ganges. Known as Kashi in the pages of history, Banaras is considered the seat of Vedic religion and philosophy. One of the most sacred pilgrimages to Hindus, Varanasi offers vibrancy in its culture and in the complete atmosphere. From Ghats to Ganges, temples to pedestrianized maze of alleys, or 'gullies', beautiful sunrise to Ganga Aarti (a Hindu prayer ritual), Varanasi exudes the spirit of beauty, magic and old-world charm. Come explore the grandeur of Kashi with Stay Banaras!

The most sacred of the rivers in India, the Ganges, is personified as the Goddess Ganges. An enduring legend has it that the goddess descended upon the earth for King Bhagirath, who prayed for the liberation of the souls of his ancestors.

Ganga Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Banaras

A breath-taking crescent along the ghats at Varanasi, the 2525-km-long Ganges traverses many states before offering herself to one of the largest river basins in the world, the Bay of Bengal. All along her travels, she has been the lifeblood of the north Indian plains and the mother of many ancient cities that have been birthed on her banks.

In Varanasi, 'Ghats' are man-made embankments of stone, centuries old and built to face east towards the rising Sun. Originally built as access to the river for pilgrims seeking a holy dip to perform sacred rites and religious ceremonies, some sections of the ghats are dedicated to cremation rites.

Exploring the spectacle of Varanasi with Stay Banaras

The 8-kilometre stretch of the river in Varanasi has 84 Ghats and over 300 temples dedicated to various Hindu deities. Built post-1700 AD, the patrons of the ghats were of Maratha lineage from the noble houses of the Scindias, Holkars, Bhonsles, and Peshwas.

Dashashwamedh Ghat is where Ganges Aarti, a ritual offering to the Ganges, is performed every evening to intense chanting and the beating of cymbals. The energy, music, and ambience make for a captivating & spiritually enlightening evening. Believers and travellers from around the globe flock to participate in this ritual every day throughout the year.

Other ghats of historic and religious importance are the Panchganga Ghat, the Manikarnika Ghat, and the Lalita Ghat, to name a few, each with a special function and significance.

Discover Kashi

Our instinct to wander the Earth and roam around searching for contentment has only grown throughout our existence. To nurture this nomadic instinct, we at Stay Banaras offer you a variety of tours to delve deep into the worlds of both spirituality and material fulfilment. Choose one you've been planning for a while, or try something completely new, and enjoy the thrills of exploration with Stay Banaras carefree!


City Tour

Besides our outstation tours, we also provide city tours that take you through the streets and ghats of Banaras and help you better understand the rich cultural heritage of the city.

  • Heritage tour (Sangam, Ayodhya, Gaya)
  • City tour with Boat Ride (Includes main temples of Varanasi)
  • Food tour (Delicacies of Varanasi)
  • Sarnath (The Lord Buddha Place and Museum)

Food Tour

We offer a food tour through the broad pathways, as well as the narrow alleys of the city to help you enjoy Indian street food and delicacies of Banaras like Litti Chokha, Indian Chaat, Kachori, Thandai, Lassi, Dahi Vada, Chhena Dahi Bhalla, Malaiyo, etc.

Other Offerings

  • Astrology and all kinds of Puja-Paath
  • Bike on rent starting at Rs. 50/hour
  • Rental cabs
  • Air and Railway Ticketing
  • Tour Guides (Preferred Language)

A sojourn like no other awaits you at Stay Banaras!