Varanasi, known as India’s spiritual capital, is a wonderful place to visit not just for its historical landmarks and religious sanctuaries, but also for its fine dining and lodging options. Here’s our guide to the best boutique hotels in this stunning city by the river Ganges.
This hotel is set in a mansion by the river on the Shivala Ghats, just 13 km from the Mughal ruins of the Ramnagar Fort. The Haveli is an ancient building constructed by the Royal Family of Nepal that offers beautiful views of the surrounding area, impressive architecture and rustic interiors. The suite facing the Shivala Ghat is the most popular, although the other five comfortable en-suite rooms are also good options. The outdoor restaurant provides is an excellent place to enjoy traditional cuisine, featuring an exclusively vegetarian menu. The Suryauday Haveli organizes a unique set of activities from Yoga sessions to amusing boat rides.
This boutique hotel is a peaceful setup with stunning panoramic views of the Ganges that you’ll be able to admire as you wake up each morning. The warm hospitality, serene ambiance, and activities such as Reiki classes and Ayurvedic massage treatments, will enhance your trip especially if you are visiting Varanasi to have a spiritual experience. Shiva Ganges View features a spacious rooftop where many visitors like to practice Yoga or meditation early in the morning. Situated on the banks of the river Ganga, this hotel captures the spirit of the local heritage in its rooms and common areas. Here you’ll also be able to sample authentic homemade food.
This luxurious home-stay is defined by its generous hospitality and salubrious ambiance, providing travelers with a unique experience during their trip to Varanasi. The boutique hotel has been created by Aruna and Asha, two sisters who are always ready to entertain their guests with exciting stories. Feel at home at the Granny’s Inn, where you will be spoiled with home-cooked treats from their kitchen as you find peace in one of the seven rooms, creatively furnished and brimming with tradition.
Located right across the river Ganges, this classic five-star hotel has a picturesque garden, vibrant interiors and a pleasant staff. The Nadesar Palace has hosted royalty since 1835. This luxurious hotel is a haven for travelers, set amidst mango orchards and marigold plantations. It showcases antique furnishings and has a rustic appeal. Indulge in a barbecue dinner, unwind at the exotic Jiva Spa or catch a lazy game of golf.
Discover the heritage of the spiritual capital of India at Hotel Buddha. Spacious, luxurious and absolutely tasteful in design and decor, this boutique hotel has a charming and serene aura. The large courtyard, the themed in-house restaurant, and the variety of rooms for families and newly-weds make it an ideal place to book your stay. Whether you’re staying in the Super Deluxe room or have booked a Premium room your stay will be comfortable and peaceful, away from the city’s hustle and bustle.