Brijrama Palace Varanasi, Varanasi India, Uttar Pradesh
Situated right on the banks of the river, in the heart of the Varanasi action, the ornately decorated Brijrama Palace boasts great views over the city and ghats. After years of painstaking renovation, this grand sandstone heritage building sits above the cascading Darbhanga Ghat and is within walking distance of the famous Dashashwamedh Ghat.
One of Varanasi’s oldest landmarks, the palace was built in 1812 by a Minister for the Estate of Nagpur, and its architecture and design was heavily influenced by the rule of the Marathas dynasty. Its location is ideal for exploring the city, with the Kedar Ghat, Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Nepali temples quite close by. The interiors pay homage to its past, with traditional Maratha artwork and textiles adorning the walls and rooms. Dine in the wonderful rooftop restaurant, enjoying traditional Maharaja style dining as well as international flavours with a great view out over the river.
The expansive hallways and communal spaces are filled with antiques, intricately carved pillars and chandeliers evoking a grandiose feel; it’s impossible to forget you’re staying in a palace! As for the rooms, they have an old-world, elegant feel and are decorated to showcase its past charm. We especially recommend the Maharaja Suites overlooking the river.
While this is one of the priciest properties on the ghats, being located in such a historical building right on the river allows for a truly unique and memorable experience for your time in the holy city of Varanasi.
Deluxe - This is our first really 'upmarket' category. It might be a beautiful tiny hotel with very limited facilities or a 5* resort hotel with all the trimmings; but any hotel in this category will be a well-run establishment with very comfortable rooms, a strong service ethos and excellent food.
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