In the past, the city has been known as Kashi and Benares, but its present name is a restoration of an ancient name meaning "the city between two rivers"—the Varuna and Assi Rivers. It has been a center of learning and civilization for over 2000 years, and claims to be one of the oldest living cities in the world. It's a magical city where the most intimate rituals of life and death take place in public on the city's famous ghats (steps which lead down to the river). It's this accessibility to the practices of an ancient religious tradition that captivates so many visitors.
Guest room amenities include a coffee/tea maker, iron & ironing board, hairdryer, International direct-dial phone, complimentary bottled drinking water, mini bar, refrigerator, Internet access, work desk, in-room safe, and cable television.