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Stepping into another world – Varanasi

Let’s put this part of the world in perspective, look back to the 7th century BC.

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were built, the Maya culture was thriving, Ezekiel the Hebrew prophet was born, Egypt’s Thebes was captured and sacked, Argos defeated Sparta for the last time, Greeks had their first naval battle, the Zhou Dynasty ruled in China, and Varanasi was part of the world stage.

This century, every kilometer closer to Varanasi is a step closer to another world. About an hours drive from the airport, we reached Mahishasura Assi Ghat* on the Ganges to board a boat to take us to our luxurious hotel on the ghats. The Brijrama Palace is a 200+-year-old Heritage hotel, open since 2016 after 18 years of restoration.  On the Darbhanga Ghat, the only way to get there is by boat, but luckily for us, it’s the only hotel on the ghats with an elevator. The Ganges is a holy river and today Varanasi is the spiritual capital of India, a sacred city for the Hindu. The entire area along the 7.6 kilometer stretch of the river is vegetarian and there is no alcohol served (there is in the interior of the city). There are 84 ghats and 300 temples. Read the rest of this entry