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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

ONE OF MY BEST
onlinecompt

The location and the campus of the Hotel is excellent. The campus is maintained very well . The staff provide you the highest quality of Indian hospitality. this Quality of service can not be imagined from over seas hotel Chain present in India in general & Varanasi in Particular

An amazing hotel
WadeGray

This hotel and every member of staff was the absolute best. The service was top top quality, the attention to every detail was superb. The meals were 5 star. The setting incredible. I can’t praise this hotel or the staff more highly.

always again
silvia782

we spend a great time in Taj Nadesar Palace and the Service also the food was excellent.

It is very quiet with a fantastic Terasse and garden for outside dining . We enjoyed our stay and we can recommand the hotel. For us it is the best and friendliest in Varasani.