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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

HIGH CLASS HOSPITALITY
Ankittravelworld

I am writing this on behalf of Mr. Sagar Nagpal who had dinner at Taj Nadesar palace .
He wants to thank the whole food service staff for delicious food .
special thanks to Mr. Rohit Dubey (Jr. sous chef)
also he doesnt want to forget mentioning Mr. Santosh and Mr. Harsh for serving mouth watering food.
Thank you all
wonderfull staff and service overall.

Once-in-a-lifetime experience
renos_201

No words can describe our time at this beautiful amazing hotel. From the moment we entered the people, the staff, the managers, the cook, the waiters, the musicians; everything - every single person working there were amazing. I would love to go back the soonest possible. It is a private paradise (only 10 rooms in the hotel) - These are the only words that can describe this hotel and my family’s experience! The hospitality, friendliness and genuine warmth of each individual staff made us feel welcomed and feel like being home. Thank you everyone at Taj Nadesar Palace and see you soon!

From the Markides family

Maharaja Life Style
Sandeep M

Heart of the Holy City of Varanasi is this beautiful 43 acres old ancestral property maintained by Taj Hotels has an excellent ambience , spacious rooms limited to 10 (rooms) only and you are pampered by the staff to no end . Food is like home made although the dishes are priced very high . To get a booking is difficult so book in advance and enjoy .