"Benaras was famous before Rome was known, and for many centuries has claimed and gained the homage of every devout Hindu. Its rivers, its temples, its banks, are known and revered throughout India. Its very air and soil are counted holy. Residence in the city ensures salvation, death there makes salvation doubly sure."
- Reverend Charles Phillips Cape
"Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together."
- Mark Twain
How to reach
Varanasi is a railway junction. Nearby is Mughal Sarai (12 kms), one of the main railway junctions of India having train connections to all over India. The nearest airport (Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport) is at Babatpur, about 24 kms from Home of Service. There are daily trains from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Hyderabad/Secunderabad. The air service is also available daily from Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.
From Varanasi station take Luxa Road via Sigra, coming through Rathayatra cross Guru Bag and the campus of the Home of Service falls on the right. The Home of Service is widely known as "Kaudiya Hospital" among locals.
Today this multi-dimensional institution of service, a 230 bedded General Hospital, sprawls into an area of 13 acres. A bird's eye view of the campus is given below :