Whenever we hear the term "Benaras", our mind immediately invokes pictures of Ganga ghats and people performing all kinds of Poojas and Aartis along them, but we have never really thought of the ancient city as a place to experience world-class luxury. That's precisely where I was proven wrong during my most recent visit.
All thanks to a stunning 5-star property called Tree of Life Varanasi, all my preconceived notions about Varanasi vanished in no time. I'm going to tell you more about this below.
Where is it and how to go?
Do you see the perfect chaos amidst calm in the picture above? It's not a one off, but an everyday sight in Varanasi. It is a legendary city in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh dating to the 11th century B.C. Regarded as the spiritual capital of India, the city draws Hindu pilgrims who bathe in the Ganges River’s sacred waters. Along the city's winding streets are some 2,000 temples, including the extremely popular Kashi Vishwanath.
How to reach
Here is how to reach the city:
Via flight: The nearest airport is in Varanasi, which is a 20-minute drive away from this property. You can readily get taxis from right outside the airport. The airport is connected to all major cities in India.
Via train: The nearest railway station is Varanasi Cantt, which is merely half an hour away. Again, you can get taxis or government buses from right outside the railway station.
Via road: Varanasi can actually be reached pretty easily via road from all major cities nearby. If opting for public transport, one can get state transport buses from Delhi, Lucknow, etc. in the morning as well as at night. It's a 10-hour journey from Delhi and a 3-hour journey from Lucknow. The property is located 15km away from the main bus stand. You might as well drive down with your vehicle since the roads are smooth, the surroundings scenic, and the food on the roadsides good.