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
I was very fortunate to be invited to India with a client to source various manufactured products, which I had been researching for a few months. At the end of our first day of meetings in India we flew from Ahmedabad to Varanasi (the spiritual capital of India) to meet another potential supplier. We were met from the airport and taken out for dinner.
His initial choice was one fo the restaurants in the Radisson hotel in Varanasi, but for a variety of reasons our host deciced to go to another restaurant.
We had no idea where we were going but we were not disappointed.
The magnificent Taj Nadesar Palace was our destination. Originally built by the East India Company, it was acquired by Maharaja Prabhu Narain Singh in the late 1800s.
More recently it has been refurbished and transformed into a stylish boutique hotel, with ten rooms and an excellent restaurant, which is usually only available to guests.
We were shown to our table by the most polite waiters I think I have experienced; napkins were unfolded and menus offered, and then it was decision time.
Being in India for the first time there was no choice what to select from the extensive menu: it was going to be Indian and vegetarian. Choices made and drinks selected, we relaxed back into conversation.
Before long the starters arrived, which were absolutely delicious. I can't tell you what I had, but one of the dishes was small florets of curried broccoli that just melted in the mouth. When the main dishes arrived everything was silver-served, including side orders, the main dishes and rice.
The food, again vegetarian, was fantastic and the waiters' service was impeccable; they were never intrusive and we did not keep being asked if everything was alright, but they did appear at the table to offer more food as soon as you had finished eating.
As well as the service, the restaurant itself was immaculate. Ample space between the round tables, fine linen tablecloths and napkins, complemented with just the right level of air conditioning.
It was my first time India and the first time I have experience such amazing Indian cuisine; I will ensure that it is not my last.
This Hotel has all its goes to make your visit to Varanasi, a hustling & bustling city, into a peaceful and serene one. The Hotel is perfect with the facilities it offers with decent sized and clean rooms. Food choices are ample for breakfast. Seemingly, non-veg options are few for international guests. Rest is Best.
Most importantly, we got extremely competitive tariff for our stay which made us choose the hotel over similar ones. Thanks
Very nice hospitality....beautiful rooms n washrooms...excellent food .....must stay ....worth the money....very relaxing....food was made as per our choice from the fresh organic vegetables brought from there garden....also when we liked a vegetable n requested to know how it is made a cookery class was organised specially for us !!
This is a really classy small hotel (ten bedrooms), impeccably furnished and fitted, with attentive and well trained experienced staff. The food is excellent, the pool and the garden are a delight to the eye, and a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of the rest of Varanasi.
We were a little concerned about being "out of town" away from the views of the ghats and typical views of Varanasi...but this turned out to be a quiet oasis that we returned to for calm after the whirlwind that is Varanasi. We had the good fortune to stay on the main floor in the Laos Room...where the King of Laos had once stayed. It was not just lovely, but ideal for our 80+ old legs, since there are no elevators. The food was excellent and we enjoyed the musicians both in the morning and evening. The staff made us feel most welcome and comfortable. Between some very hectic times going up and down the ghats...this was a place to unwind and be totally pampered.