Best place to stay in Varanasi/Benares

#1 Sep 13th, 2015, 23:06
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Hello everyone,

My partner and I will be visiting Benares for the first time this December and would like to book our accomodation asap as many things are booking up fast due to the high season.

We would like somewhere close as possible to one of the main ghats, with a view overlooking the ganga if possible. I have had a good look online, but can only find places which are quite budget on the river (such as: palace on steps and shiva ganges view) or places which are fairly opulent, but far away from the main ghats.

Can anyone reccommend a place which is comfortable, boutique or a little bit of luxury which is close to the main ghats and has a good atmosphere. Out budget can stretch to 50 per night, which I know from experience in India can go a very long way!

Any recommendations would be much appreciated -thank you in advance!

Alexandra. X
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My suggestion: http://hotelgangesview.co.in and follow the tripadvisor link for reviews.

I have NOT stayed at this place but twice stayed close by at a cheaper guesthouse, still with river views. I recommend Assi Ghat for location even though it is the furthest upstream ghat.
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Hello, yes this hotel was a first choice for me, but sadly they do not have availability for my travel dates

Thank you for the reply. X
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You could try Heritage Inn.
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Try jaipuria dharamshala/hotel. It's walking distance from dashashwamedh ghat, which is famous for daily Ganga Aarti. We stayed there this may. However beware of small cockroaches in the room, there were plenty when we visited. Alternatively you can book/check in after reaching there. There are plenty of hotels, which are not listed on net. This way you can first find out the quality of rooms before booking.
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I stayed at Ganpati Guest House. You can get a room with a balcony, which is quite nice. It was about five minute walk from the main ghat.
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Thank you, I will try this. X
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Originally Posted by N S View Post Try jaipuria dharamshala/hotel. It's walking distance from dashashwamedh ghat, which is famous for daily Ganga Aarti. We stayed there this may. However beware of small cockroaches in the room, there were plenty when we visited. Alternatively you can book/check in after reaching there. There are plenty of hotels, which are not listed on net. This way you can first find out the quality of rooms before booking.
No thank you -we really dont want cockroaches! I have done years of backpacking in India in my early 20s and really dont want that kind of experience for this trip. Visiting Benares is a lifetime aspiration of mine and I want to make sure my short stay is worry free and as beautiful as it can be.
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Originally Posted by N S View Post Try jaipuria dharamshala/hotel. It's walking distance from dashashwamedh ghat, which is famous for daily Ganga Aarti. We stayed there this may. However beware of small cockroaches in the room, there were plenty when we visited. Alternatively you can book/check in after reaching there. There are plenty of hotels, which are not listed on net. This way you can first find out the quality of rooms before booking.
Try reading the post before you comment!

He has 50 English pounds a night to spend for a room. Who would pay that for a cockroach infested room?

Maybe a 50 pence room!

Plus he want's a view of the Ganges.

It should be really easy to get a very nice non-cockroach infested room for that price with a view.
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India is India is India. When you are in your room you are in your room. Room is there. TV if you want to watch, or only lie on your back watching a ceiling fan turn. During the day you will see everything, more than enough. At the hotel you will retreat, whether you are at the ghat or not. And Varanasi is a place to die. Viewing anything outside of hotel window why look for that?

It's 10 minutes maximum via autorickshaw from the Cantonment to the Dashashwamedh ghat, only due to requirement to circumnavigate the perimeter of the rail station. Or you can walk to the rail station, cross over the footbridge, and shift to the ghats from the town side. As you wish, and where you would like to take your breakfast.

The point being, staying in the Cantonment does not make your stay at Varanasi somehow inauthentic. You are still there, and the full experience is on offer.

And there's lots of very, very comfortable rooms on offer in the Cantonment at or below your fabulous 50 GBP budget.

Stick close to the ghats if that is where your heart draws you. I would suggest though that you do not rule out staying in the Cantonment.
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I stayed in Palace on Steps 2 years ago, and I enjoyed it. It was clean, nice view and balcony to the river. staff and roof-top restaurant were also good. It was not expensive at all. I remember 900 R, if that.
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Originally Posted by Bhimbekta View Post India is India is India. When you are in your room you are in your room. Room is there. TV if you want to watch, or only lie on your back watching a ceiling fan turn. During the day you will see everything, more than enough. At the hotel you will retreat, whether you are at the ghat or not. And Varanasi is a place to die. Viewing anything outside of hotel window why look for that?
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The point being, staying in the Cantonment does not make your stay at Varanasi somehow inauthentic. You are still there, and the full experience is on offer.

And there's lots of very, very comfortable rooms on offer in the Cantonment at or below your fabulous 50 GBP budget.

Stick close to the ghats if that is where your heart draws you. I would suggest though that you do not rule out staying in the Cantonment.
I'm sympathetic to Bhimbekta's points except that Varanasi is a place where many of the riverside locations provide exceptional outlooks from balconies and rooftops. In my two more recent visits I stayed here: http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Hotel_...r_Pradesh.html
Taking breakfast on a balcony was sometimes wonderful. On occasion there was smoke from pilgrims' campfires and flies but otherwise it was a memorable experience.

In my first stay in Varanasi, with a tour group, our hotel was in the Cantonment which has some interest. I prefer Assi Ghat as there are several good cafes, bookshops and tourist shops within a few minutes walk.
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50 per night, was that per person or total budget?

I'd second Francesb's suggestion of Ganpati, by far my favourite place I've stayed in Varanasi. I got a large shared balcony view for R2500 3 years ago. R3500 got me a private balcony last year. This year I'm going all out with the best view option at R5000 per night.

I thought Scindhia guest house also offered a great view from their balcony, can't remember how much I paid though (going back a few years).

Sita Guest house was reasonably priced a couple of years ago, but my balcony was just diving platform to the steps below I watched a you tube clip on Varanasi recently and the guest house had a massive sheet covering the whole front...so best not book there. Falling-to-your-death fun can also be had at Elena Hotel aka Palace on Step aka Ajay Guest House whose suite room will set you back about R5000.

Wouldn't go anywhere near the Cantonment area again, it was just a pain to haggle with tuk tuk drivers to get back to the ghats, even with a guide... and you've still got to walk a bit.
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Spud: <<This year I'm going all out with the best view option at R5000 per night.>>

I had that room for a night--they moved me when I complained about the noise from renovations. It was still kind of loud, but the balcony made up for it.
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Long term accomodation

Hey all hope your well.

Can anyone recommend a place or area for a long term stay??

I will be studying Hindi in Varanasi, not sure what area yet but i am looking for places in the Benares area.

Any information will be appreciated.

Thanks Lloyd Bryant

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