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
Parking on site
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Intimate 10-room palace near Varanasi owned by a maharaja, with butler service and a holistic spa
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.