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What We Love

  • Peaceful getaway within easy reach of Varanasi's city center
  • Set on 40 acres of tropical gardens, with a heated outdoor pool
  • A choice of two restaurants for pan-Asian and traditional Indian cuisine

What To Know

  • Located around three miles from the city center (the Chowk)
  • Free standard WiFi for up to two devices
  • Tea- and coffeemaking facilities, a daily newspaper and free water come standard in all rooms


  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Peaceful 40-acre retreat near Varanasi, with an outdoor pool, two restaurants and a colonial-style bar

The Lowdown

Set back from the hustle and bustle of downtown, the Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi is an elegant urban retreat surrounded by tropical gardens and landscaped lawns. Just three miles from the city center, the property has a honey and cream exterior that tastefully echoes Varanasi’s rich architectural history. The 130 guestrooms and suites have a similarly classical vibe, with large, arched windows and polished teak floors. They’re decorated with local furniture, bedspreads and artworks; splashes of scarlet and burnt orange add warmth. The marble-clad bathrooms are roomy, with bathtubs and glass walk-in shower cubicles. For extra space, book a Deluxe Suite, which comes with added extras like a separate living room and free wine and canapés on arrival. Dine on innovative local fare at Varuna, a wood-paneled dining room with recessed lighting and a glittering chandelier, or have some top-notch continental cuisine at Gad, a more casual place, with floor-to-ceiling views of the lush, manicured gardens. Curl up with a good book by the large, mosaic-tiled pool, or unwind with a vodka martini at the swish colonial-style Prinsep Bar.

In the Area

Spiritually uplifting and effortlessly photogenic, Varanasi​ is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Regarded as a holy place by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains, it’s believed to be around 3,000 years old. Your concierge will happily arrange a dawn boat trip on the Ganges, where you can witness the funeral processions and rituals that take place every day on the riverbank. Next, visit one of India’s most famous Hindu sites, the Vishwanath Temple. This gold-plated shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva; he is said to have appeared here as a shining column of light. Don’t miss a visit to Open Hand​; this café and retail outlet sells excellent handicrafts — and the best espresso in Varanasi.

How to Get There

The Gateway Hotel Ganges
Nadesar Palace Grounds
Varanasi, 221002 India


4.0 Very Good 1806 Reviews
One of the friendliest staff
Reviewed 22 hours ago

Loved it. Very good service. Dining is top class. Diverse menu. Indian menu is par excellence. Overall facility was great. I would go there again with my entire family. Does allow a nice refuge from the crazy city.

Fantastic Taj experience at Varanasi except for check-in
Reviewed 1 day ago

We stayed at Taj Gateway Ganges for our maiden visit to this holy city of Varanasi. We had a fantastic stay and experienced the Taj hospitality at its best all over again except for the check in when Amit there - initially said we didn't have any reservation. Then found it after 2 phone calls. Then he allotted room 110 with 2 separate beds for me and my wife and said that is the only room available. Then a senior guy allotted 411 with a King size bed and relieved our agony.

Varanasi and Ganges
Reviewed 1 day ago

This was a part of our holiday that we were not sure about. But it was well worth the trip. The whole experience was incredible. Our tour guide was fantastic. Hotel was great again set in large grounds. Really enjoyed 93 days we had here.

Beautiful hotel with good service
Reviewed 3 days ago

I enjoy my stay and morning walk at this place. A big green field inside hotel gives a feel of huge garden. Breakfast is good with variety of options with local cuisine serving.
Recommend to stay here.

Very Professional
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While staying at the Taj Ganges, Varanasi, my wife required medical assistance. Management and staff went above and beyond to be help. We were checked on day and night make sure all our needs were met.