A major draw of visiting Varanasi is the sacred River Ganges, so can there be any better place to stay than directly on its banks? The grand Brijrama Palace offers visitors this memorable opportunity. The prominent Dashaswemedh Ghat is a stones-throw from the property, so you’re perfectly positioned to observe the spectacular sunset ritual of the Ganges Aarti.
Built in 1812 as a royal residence, this heritage hotel is one of the oldest buildings in Varanasi. Substantial renovation work took place in the 1990’s, however the property still oozes an historical elegance. Time-honoured interiors are filled with traditional furniture and antiques; original artworks adorn the walls and textiles from India’s oldest silk house drape the furniture. The guest rooms and suites tastefully blend old world charm with contemporary comforts and many enjoy views of the Ganges. If a guaranteed river view is what you’re after, book the Varuna Burj Room which boasts 180° sweeping panoramas, or the Maharajah Suite which enjoys views from the bathtub!
Views of the Ganges can also be experienced from the hotel’s rooftop terraces - a sunrise yoga class on the terrace is worth getting up early for – and from the patio of the Kamalya Café, which serves a delicious high tea. The hotel’s main restaurant, Darbhanga, offers a varied menu of Indian, Asian and European cuisine: the nine-dish Banarasi Thali is a hearty feast not to be missed! It’s worth noting that only vegetarian food is served in the hotel’s restaurants and no alcohol is available, as with all hotels located in close proximity of the Ganges.
We SayThe Brijrama’s location makes car access difficult, so you’ll arrive in style, cruising along the Ganges aboard a traditional wooden boat complete with uniformed boatman
Darbhanga Ghat, Dashashwamedh
- Your Accommodation
- 32 Rooms & suites
- Deluxe room amenities
- Eating & Drinking
- Darbhanga restaurant (no alcohol)
- Kamalya Café (no alcohol)
- River Boat dining
- Private dining
- Leisure & Relaxation
- Roof top terraces with river views
- Sunrise yoga
- Evening Aarti (prayer ceremony)