Another flagship property of the Taj Hotel group, this regal hotel sits on the banks of the Ganges River, set back amid tropical mango orchards and jasmine trees. The ten upscale suites have been welcoming the great and the good since the mid 19th century, and the period touches testify to this tradition of high end hospitality.
Varanasi is a city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh dating to the 11th century B.C.E. Regarded as the spiritual capital of India, the city draws pilgrims who bathe in the River Ganges’ sacred waters and perform funeral rites. Along its winding streets are some 2,000 temples, including Kashi Vishwanath, the “Golden Temple,” dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.