Very Good 1988 Reviews
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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 1988 Reviews
The staff at Taj Ganges made our stay memorable

They took extra care about everything. Taj Ganges has a wonderful set of staff. Everyone from the front office to house keeping to the food and beverages staff. They are extremely friendly and helpful. I don't have all the name, but some of the names which I remember are Ashwini, Azhar, Rohit, Abhimanyu, Daksh, Vanadana, Punam, Aanay, Abhishek. Thank you all for making our stay such a wonderful experience.

Nithya G

We stayed at the Nadesar Palace Benares and had breakfast at the Taj Ganges. Both properties are outstanding in every sense of the word. And not just the property or location. The service is top notch and we were taken care of really well. I cannot remember the last time that we were lavished with so much attention with every little detail taken care of. There was for example, body lotion right at hand on the side table next to the bed and warm water to soothe our feet (with rose petals and aromatic salts) every night. The dinner at the Nadesar palace was simple and made exactly the way we liked it and reminded us what our mother would make at home. A special mention of Rajiv at the Ganges who remembered exactly what we liked and made sure we got our health juice each day that we were there. We look forward to returning not just to the property, but the humans who make it what it is. God bless


Stayed here for two nights on family holiday religious tour to Varanasi
Good location Well maintained rooms comfortable stay
Traditional touch hospitable staff
Everyone was caring
Met Vikas Nagar F & B Manager and had good interaction. Positive approach
Ended stay with satisfaction