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
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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.
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
Of all the places we stayed in India over two weeks this was the best. In a very crowded and noisy city it was an oasis of serenity with huge magnificent grounds and a staff that caters to your every whim. With only. 10 rooms this palace is an incredible contrast to the amazing, crowded spiritual place that is Varanasi. This is the place to splurge.
This guy in the restaurant made dining there so personal like laughing and remembering what table we liked and how we took our coffee. Very very professional but didn't take himself too seriously especially with all the dignitaries around. At the time for instance the something something from Mauritius was staying there. The other is a very firendly security lady outside that worked the walk through machine and the conveyor belt.
I had a fantastic stay with a couple in the hotel for 4 nights and enjoyed every bit. The Chef and his entire team were very friendly. The food selection was limited but the tastes were very good. The room service and all staff were very friendly. Location wise excellent too. We had a great driver Kishan taking us around the city and stay at Kushinagar
Any trip to northern India would be incomplete without a stay in Varanasi - one of the spiritual capitals of the world and a fascinating place.
And if you are looking for classic luxury, this is the place to stay.
Downtown Varanasi can best (and amiably) be described as chaos - but in a good way.
But not far from downtown, is this magnificent and beautiful property which takes one away from chaos and brings you to absolute serenity. You will have a sense of what luxury was like in the last century, but with all the modern amenities thrown in.
The grounds are vast and manicured. Tranquility abounds.
With only 10 rooms and a staff-to-guest ratio that seems like 5 to 1, each guest is in deed treated like a VIP.
The accommodations, service and meals are over the top.
Each staff member goes out of their way to make you feel like royalty.
Special mention should be made of Prakesh and Santosh who were terrific, as well as the carriage driver Naseem who is third generation at his job and also doubles as the golf caddy and golf master.
A stay here will not disappoint.
This was the most spiritual enlightening visit I made whilst in India. From the gardens of the hotel to visited the Ganges River, the yoga capital of the world was amazing. In three short days I had an experience of a lifetime here.