An impressive palace on the banks of the holy Ganges River, there’s no place more fitting to rest, recuperate and immerse yourself in this highly spiritual city. Subject to an 18 year restoration, the 200-year-old property is a striking landmark and an architectural work of art. Look out over the holy river from the rooftop terrace, and watch the tourist boats float past the hotel and its scenic ghat. The unfolding scene creates an iconic image.
Strolling around the immaculate interior is rather like being in a living museum, with a constant parade of artwork and things to look at adding to the historic atmosphere. The rooms receive the same heritage treatment and are welcome havens from the confined, bustling byways of Varanasi.
In an epic position on the Ganges at Darbhanga Ghat, looking out over one of the most famous and sacred rivers in the world. There is nowhere better to immerse yourself in Varanasi culture.
Two vegetarian restaurants
No alcohol served, in keeping with the location
Varanasi was the India we sought: spiritual but hard hitting. The Brijrama was the perfect antique capsule of serenity, good food and comfort. The staff were so, so sweet to us.
Discover what to expect from staying at Brijrama Palace
For many travellers, India can feel overwhelming, and Varanasi’s ferocious bustle certainly fits that narrative. How you start your days here and, perhaps even more essentially, how you finish them can make all the difference. The Brijrama Palace is a serene point of calm amidst the seeming chaos of this complex, crumbling and poetic city.
The Brijrama Palace is an event, with its 200-year-old walls and bold position on the riverbank. The main focus in Varanasi is, naturally, the Ganges river, and it is here that your Brijrama journey begins. Like the opening scene in a film, you make your way towards the hotel by boat from a nearby ghat, getting your first glimpse of visceral Ganges life en route. There’s a feeling of satisfaction as the exotic facade of the hotel looms, and the excellent staff instantly make a good impression.
Apart from the exhilarating boat arrival and general ambience of the hotel, there’s some wonderful, bespoke touring to be had in the world’s ‘oldest inhabited city’. Take a pre-dawn trip to nearby Assi Ghat to immerse yourself in a community collective of Ganga Aarti, yoga and Vedic chanting - an extraordinary way to start the day.
Take your best shot at spotting wildlife with an itinerary that includes not one but three different parks, all located in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. This allows you to explore some surprisingly diverse scenery, see myriad bird and animal species, and hugely increase your chances of spotting one of these elusive big cats.