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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. 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.

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 earth for King Bhagirath who prayed for the liberation of the souls of his ancestors.

Ganges Aarti

A breathtaking crescent along the ghats at Varanasi, the 2525 km long Ganges traverses many states before offering herself to one of the largest river basins of the world, the Bay of Bengal. All along her travels, she is the lifeblood of the north Indian plains and mother of many ancient cities that have 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 for cremation rites.


The 8 km 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 beating of cymbals. Believers and travelers from around the globe flock to participate in this ritual every day throughout the year.

Other ghats of historic and religious importance are Panch Ganges ghat, Manikarnika ghat and Lalita ghat, to name a few, each of them with a special function and significance.


Our instinct to wander the Earth and roam around searching for contentment has only grown over the span of our existence. To nurture this nomadic instinct, we at Stay Banaras offer you a variety of tours to delve deep into the world of both spirituality and material fulfillment. Choose one that you have been planning all along, or pick a completely new one and enjoy the thrills of exploration.


City Tour

Besides our station 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 wide winding, 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)