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Varanasi in northern India is one of the world’s oldest cities, and a spiritual capital drawing thousands of Hindu pilgrims who bathe in the Ganges River’s sacred waters and perform funeral rites on its banks. When you imagine India it’s likely something similar to Varanasi springs to mind – sunrise over the Ganges, the bustling maze-like old town, vibrant markets, mouth-watering street food and incredible sunsets. To soak in all this unique city has to offer, check into one of these top boutique spots, all bookable on Culture Trip.
The bright white walls and big yellow doors of this independent ‘experiential’ boutique hotel are hard to miss. The vibe is young, modern and authentic. Expect food tours, art workshops, yoga classes and co-working spaces. The property has 12 cosy, yet minimalist rooms, each with 24-hour room service. Kick back in a hammock in the leafy courtyard before enjoying North Indian dishes at the outdoor Behind Yellow Doors Diner, washed down with delicious masala tea.
There’s a multitude of reasons to stay at the Ganpati Guest House, including the incredible views of the Ganges, kind-spirited staff, the hotel’s historic backstory and its unique red stone pyramid architecture. All 20 rooms are decked out with a rainbow of colour to create a sunny atmosphere. On the facilities side of things, the hotel has an ATM, internet access, laundry services and a rooftop restaurant, which serves up authentic Indian cuisine. For active travellers, there are yoga sessions, a badminton court and cool leafy gardens to explore.
Naintara Gurung contributed additional reporting to this article.