One of the oldest living cities in India, Varanasi, also known as Kashi, is one of the holiest places in the world. As per Hindu mythology, Varanasi is associated with Lord Shiva, who is said to be the founder of Kashi. There is a mythical belief that the city of Kashi is balanced on the trident of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva has said that anyone who bathes in river Ganges flowing through the city of Kashi and burned in its funeral pyres would definitely achieve Moksha. The dead are cremated on the banks of Ganges and their ashes are submerged in the river. Varanasi, also known as the 'Cultural Capital of India', is the birth place of many prominent writers, philosophers and musicians who had lived here. There are around 1000 temples in Varanasi that were ransacked in the 12th century. The most famous of all is the famous ancient 'Kashi Vishwanath Temple' of Lord Shiva with a 16 meters long gold plate.
Nestled on the banks of the sacred Ganges, Varanasi has been a center of learning for more than 5000 years. There are 1000's of temples in Varanasi and therefore the city has been nicknamed as the 'City of Temples'. Alongside temples, there are numerous Ghats that lead people down to the river. Varanasi is also home to one of the best universities in India-Banaras Hindu University-established by Madan Mohan Malviya.
Approximate time taken for visit: 2 hours
The Jiva Spa at the Gateway Hotel, Varanasi, offers luxurious Indian wellness signature treatment in a colonial and rich setting. Their wellness ethos is based on the rich and ancient wellness heritage of India. The heritage of India explains the fabled lifestyle and culture of Indian royalty and embraces the Indian spirituality. All treatments and therapies are carefully selected to bring physical, mental and spiritual balance.
Besides signature experiences of Jiva Spa and Indian therapies, the Spa offers a range of Yoga and Meditation practices, evening chanting and Sanskrit classes. Offered with the pure natural ingredients, Abhisheka offers a purifying, rejuvenating and therapeutic spa experience.