Varanasi, or the erstwhile city of Banaras, is fabled for its mystique. Banked by the holy river Ganga, Varanasi witnesses millions of pilgrims and tourists walk through its narrow streets, bathe on its stepped ghats, pray at its over 2000 temples, and find deliverance from the throes of mundane, urban life. No wonder it is called the spiritual capital of India.
For a complete spiritual awakening, a wide range of eclectic experiences can be derived from the city of Varanasi:
1. Walking through the lanes
The streets of Varanasi are older than time, and are bustling with mystics, ancient artefacts, goods and commodities. You can immerse yourself in the local culture and architecture by walking over to Dal Mandi, Kite Market, Vishvanath Gali, and the famous Dasashwamedha Ghat.
2. Soaking in at the evening arti
A boat ride in the sacred Ganga River will liberate your senses, which can be followed by the enchanting evening arti at the ghats.
3. Indulging in yoga and meditation
The air at Varanasi is pure and incense-laden, thus creating the perfect ambience for yoga and meditation sessions. You can join in the exercise at the temples, river banks or at wellness centres.
4. Basking in the village life
Experience the life of the local at a nearby village by learning to drive tractors, tilling the fields, digging vegetables, and celebrating the idyllic simplicity of life. t
5. Taking a pilgrimage to Sarnath
The famous Buddhist site of Sarnath is 25 minutes away from Varanasi, and will transport you to a different world altogether.
And to heighten this spiritual awakening, Tree Of Life – which is renowned for having some of the best 5 star hotels in Udaipur, Jaipur, Binsar, etc. – has created a spectacular resort with spaces designed to heal the mind, body and soul. All the above-mentioned experiences can also be found in the resort’s activities that have been curated carefully for the weary-eyed traveller who is seeking solace in the lap of luxury and serenity.
Located 20 minutes from the airport, Tree of Life Resort & Spa Varanasi is your ultimate retreat that captures the essence of Varanasi in its design, similar to how luxury hotels in Udaipur or Kerala try to bring in their local flavours in their interiors. Lavish balconies called barjas, dispersed shivlings, evening arti Ganga Kund, the Yantra watering hole, and Ekam The Spa come together to create hallowed spaces reminiscent of Varanasi.
Come, find your peace.