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What We Love

  • Elegant rooms furnished with antiques and artworks from the maharaja owner’s personal collection
  • Surrounded by mango orchards and jasmine fields, a three-mile drive from Varanasi
  • Dinner by the pool lit by votive candles
  • Butler service is included in the rate

What To Know

  • A 12.42 percent luxury and service tax per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
  • Free WiFi for up to two devices
  • It’s very quiet, but that’s one of its charms; if you want an active bar scene, this isn’t the place
  • Despite the historic look, all rooms have WiFi and flat-screen TVs

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Golf Course
  •  Gym
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Overview

Intimate 10-room palace near Varanasi owned by a maharaja, with butler service and a holistic spa

The Look

Built by the East India Company and acquired by Maharaja Prabhu Narain Singh in the 19th century, this elegant palace near the holy city of Varanasi is surrounded by mango trees and jasmine fields. Inside, it’s like stepping back into the days of the Raj, with black and white checked marble floors, curved verandas, iron four-poster beds, Persian rugs and a grand winding staircase. The public areas are filled with antiques and artworks from the maharaja’s personal collection.

Bed and Bath

The 10 guestrooms and suites are gracefully decorated with original antiques, traditional furnishings and mirrors framed with Venetian glass. The walls reflect the colors outside (marigold, pink and peach) and are dotted with historic photos and the maharaja’s paintings. The spacious bedrooms have majestic wrought iron four-poster beds draped in billowing fabric, and the marble bathrooms come with deep soaking tubs.

Beyond

The palace’s restaurant serves refined Indian fare either on the veranda, by the pool or (if the heat is too intense), in the intimate air-conditioned dining salon, which has marble floors and antique sconces. The best way to tour the grounds is in the horse-drawn buggy, which once belonged to the maharaja. Head to the JIVA Spa for a treatment that brings together traditional royal wellness and therapeutic experiences. Since this is India, yoga classes are available, and, again, since this is India, there’s an astrologer on call.

In the Area

One of the most spiritually important cities in India, Varanasi exudes a richness that is felt by all, Hindu and otherwise. Everything revolves around the Ganges. At sundown, the best way to experience the aarti, a highly choreographed devotional ritual using fire as an offering (near Dasaswamedh Ghat, facing the river), is in a small boat that the hotel can arrange. Taking a boat is also the best way to see Varanasi and the Ganges at sunrise, when the scene is more tranquil and residents descend the stairs of the ghats to bathe in the river. On a less spiritual note, the mazelike streets of the old city are also filled with market stalls, and Varanasi has long been known as a center of beautifully woven silk. Buy a sari or a shawl at the Silk Weaving Center.

How to Get There

Nadesar Palace
Nadesar Palace Grounds
Varanasi, 221002 India

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 358 Reviews
TIE President
Reviewed 1 week ago

An impressive restoration of a colonial property by Taj matched with unparalleled service. The rooms and the common areas are magical and the whole experience is fantastic. It is adjacent to another Taj property so one can access facilities there and yet be in absolute serenity.

A palacial property in bustling Varansi
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent 2 nights at the beginning of August 2018 at Nadesar Palace in a Palace room.
From the very welcome ceremony to the farewell blessing this property stands out in Varanasi for being unique and a total resort like experience in one of the most fascinating but cahotic cities in the world!
The property really brings you back to the raj period with its antique furniture, atmosphere and wonderful service.
The building, grounds and rooms are pristine and maintained perfectly so that you can have all the comforts of today with the charm of bygone days!
Having just 10 rooms service is of course tops and very friendly and accommodating.
One area of improvement is in our opinion the restaurant food offer, which is quite limited and rather expensive also compared to the nearby sister hotel which offers a much wider selection of high quality food at a more reasonable price.
Nadesar Palace and its extensive relaxing grounds are not really close to the Ganges and the ghats so a car + driver are mandatory (would not dare to drive in Varanasi traffic!), but it is definitely the best choice for a unique experience!
Do not miss the carriage tour!
Thank you to all the staff at the palace for making our visiti to magic Varanasi even more special!!!

Once again, Taj and the services at its best!
Reviewed 1 month ago

This palace is very unique and charming in the heart of Varanasi. The staff was extremely courteous and nice. We arrived early and we were allowed early check-in.
The suite was beautiful over looking the gardens. The decor is simple yet sophisticated. Loved the food, Kachori bhaji was my favorite. We asked if there was Uppma(Indian porridge) the chef was so courteous that he actually prepared just for us. These are the finer details that makes Taj the Best for me!
Do not miss out the Jiva spa, Jenny who attended to me was simply amazing. I had a bad muscle catch a while ago before arriving, I braved the massage and I don’t regret it!
Keep up the good work and keep the services as they are!

A unique Edwardian house Palace visited by the great and the good
Reviewed 1 month ago

We stayed for thirteen nights in the Mountbatten Suite, the suite used by Lord and Lady Mountbatten when they visited the then Benares. Lord Mountbatten was Viceroy of India at the time and the suite contains pictures of the couple during that era. In the suite and throughout the hotel, the furniture and furnishings are in the Edwardian country house style making the place an ideal retreat in a very challenging city. The grounds are very extensive and provide opportunities for bird watching. The level of service puts it on a par with any hotel in India, with outstanding food, a small but perfectly placed swimming pool, excellent spa staff and highly attentive staff. It is an ideal place to retreat to, to recuperate, while still being well placed to visit the many attractions of the city and the neighbourhood. If you like history, this is a place not to be missed

Luxurious getaway
Reviewed 2 months ago

Located near the city centre , with lush green gardens all around . Nadesar Palace is definitely one of Taj’s jewel . The service was great , especially in room dining , the spa was just fabulous (actually surprised me pleasantly) and the employees at the entrance were ever so helpful. A must stay during your time in the city to enjoy the city in peacefulness.