Scindhia Guest House

Scindhia Guest House

Scindhia Guest House Next To Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi 221001 India
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Situated ideally in the crescent on the left bank of The Holy Ganges is The Scindhia Guest House just adjacent to Manikarnika (The burning ghat) offering excellent panoramic view of the river on both the sides.Breathtaking sunrise to the scintillating evening view of the river and the ghats can be enjoyed from all the available balconies in the property. Enchanting ringing of temple bells is simply nostalgic.AC / Non-AC rooms are neatly laid with attached toilets equipped for round the clock hot and cold shower. Super-Deluxe rooms have TV, Refrigerator and intercom too.Internet is available on demand.The Roof top (river view) restaurant offers sumptuous refreshments cooked under strict supervision in very hygienic conditions.Pick-up service on request is available from the railhead as well as the airport (Payable).Medical aid is available on call.As a policy matter, Scindhia Guest House does not allow consumption of Narcotic Drugs / intoxicants of any kind and nature within the property.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Restaurant
Airport transportation
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Wifi
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Car hire
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Refrigerator
Bath / shower
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
River View
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Hindi

Location

Scindhia Guest House Next To Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi 221001 India
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Balisc wrote a review Jan 2018
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India91 contributions64 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The balcony view of Ganga is worth all the access impediments and troubles. The property is family managed who are vey helpful. It is definitely over priced for the facilities offered but the Ganges view from the balcony more than makes up for it. The ghats and the evening 'arati' venues are close by. For a first-time visitor, it is a lifetime experience.
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Date of stay: December 2017
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FriskyFrisco wrote a review Jan 2018
New Britain, Connecticut644 contributions198 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Varanasi may be a little overwhelming for most Westerners, but Scindhia Guesthouse was a great retreat away from all the chaos. It's not a fancy hotel or anything remotely close, but the views of the Ganges are breathtaking and that makes it all worthwhile. From the moment we checked in the owner was helpful and compassionate. Our flight was delayed by about four hours, yet still he waited for us and wasn't upset with what we couldn't avoid. The room itself was a little barbaric, but I think that's what added to the charm of the place. The beds were basic and simple. The bathroom was more or less a room with a toilet and a water spout to shower. It kind-of looked like a custodial closet if you asked me. The hot water was not that great. Lukewarm at best. But hey, at least it was better than having only cold water. The balcony was small, but it did provide for a great viewing area of the action down below in Varanasi and of the Ganges River. What was a little odd is that the door into your room was not opened by a key. The room was actually locked from the outside with a padlock. Inside, however, there was a deadbolt. It was just strange to open your hotel room this way. I reserved a room with air conditioning and it worked great. If you are not accustomed to excessive heat where you live, I strongly suggest booking a room that has air conditioning because it can get mighty hot in India. The restaurant at the hotel wasn't anything spectacular, but it did provide a haven to dine without having to scramble through the narrow streets of Varanasi finding some place to eat. Of course Indian dishes were served, but thankfully some Western dishes were available in case you could not eat another bite of curry and cumin. As far as getting to the hotel, make sure you hire a porter. You will never be able to find the hotel if you don't seek their assistance. No cars are allowed into the city and the streets are extremely narrow. If it weren't for the porters I'm sure we would have been lost for hours. It takes about a half an hour to walk to the hotel from the furthest point cars are allowed to drive. So, be prepared to walk through the congestion and chaos of Varanasi before arriving at the front desk. Upon arrival I was ill. I had caught the dreaded Delhi Belly. The owner of the hotel was concerned and compassionate about what I was going through. He offered suggestions on where I could go to get some prescription medicine without a prescription and even gave me some electrolyte packs to mix with some water and drink as dehydration is a major concern when catching Delhi Belly. I am very grateful to the owner for all his help, suggestions, and guidance. The only disappointment I had was when I found out during the checkout process that I was charged for the electrolyte packs. Even though I would have purchased them when offered, I feel I should have been told about the charge prior to the owner giving them to me. It was more heartfelt when I thought the owner was looking out for my best interest instead of what obviously was a way to make money off yet another tourist. Unfortunately, you will feel that way all throughout India. Everybody wants your money and nothing is done or given from the kindness of their hearts. It's all about making money there. Other than that, I enjoyed my stay at Scindhia Guesthouse and would recommend it to anyone interested in spending a night or two there. Yes, it's barbaric and a bit of a hike to get to and you'll need someone to direct you to the hotel, but for Varanasi standards it's up to par and a great place to stay.
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Date of stay: September 2017
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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ploops wrote a review Feb 2013
Auckland Central, New Zealand36 contributions30 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
* Free shelves of books to read
* Very nice staff
* Can pay extra for a balcony
* Breakfast very expensive (instead go to Jai Shive in Sunrise Lodge, a 5 min walk)
* Closes their door at 11pm so beware of this when arriving! They might be closed if you arrive late
* All stairs are very steep
* Use the fan on low to stop mosquitos from biting at night
* Don't book anything through them. All prices for anything, like a taxi, boat, rickshaw are exactly double what you would normally pay
* Relatively quiet for Varanasi. It's possible to get a good night's sleep here

Arriving:

Ring or email your arrival details to them and ask if they can arrange for a pickup from train or bus station. However for us we had to get a prepaid rickshaw to Chowk Street (I think they were busy?) then someone associated with the hotel met us there and led us to it. It's a good 10 min walk through the old city (which everything is that's on the Ganges) although for the most part it's a mostly straight path with a number of small turns. Once you've done it once, you can mostly guess your way to walking it again. You'll follow the many signs to Mishra Hotel which is next to Schindhia, and once you arrive at Mishra.

If someone from the hotel doesn't meet you, or if you don't manage to arrange a pick up then do this: Get a auto rickshaw or taxi (preferably from a pre-paid station at the airport or train station) to take you to Chowk Road. From there you should see at least one painted sign on the wall with an arrow directing you to Mishra. Follow these signs into the old city and you should find the Mishra hotel, which is next to Scindhia Hotel.

Location:

You'll be right on Schidhia Ghat, next door to the main burning ghat (called Marnikarnika). Despite being close to where they cremate people you won't notice any smoke (or at least any more than anywhere else in Varanasi). Scindhia Ghat is quite beautiful, and has a picturesque temple that has half submerged into the river bed due to being too heavy. If you take a right at the Ganges after exiting the hotel t's a 5-10 min walk to the "main" ghat, although if you take a left you'll see all sorts of fascinating scenes of people washing and bathing with very few tourists around.
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Date of stay: January 2013
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Navigate52531371624 wrote a review Jan 2024
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
If I could give a zero star rating, that would be ideal. This place is on the verge of shutting down or no one books it anymore. We were the ONLY people in the whole guest house. The common dining area was sealed off, and the owner was very keen that we eat outside as much as possible. There was no intercom in the room, and we were told that we have to call him on the mobile if we have any needs. When we returned after darshan in the night, the door was locked and when no one opened it after repeated knocking we had to call them on the mobile and then someone came to open the door. The breakfast timing was mentioned as from 8.30 am but when we went down at that time we were told that we had to inform in advance if we needed breakfast ( which we had) and that since they get it from outside we would have to wait till the staff arrived. Finally they toasted two pieces of bread for us and we left as we had a guide waiting. All through this the owner did not pick up the phone and when asked about it the next day, he said he doesn't get up so early !
We asked the room to be cleaned but when we came back , it was in the same condition that we left it in.
The so called view from the guest house is that of the Manikarna ghat which is the dirtiest possible ghat in the whole area. The access to the guest house itself is through a maze of alleys and a non-localite cannot find their way back without help either from the main road or through the ghat road. It is just not possible to come back here for a short break in the day and go back for other activities. They do pick you up on the day you arrive and drop you the day you leave, but they charge you for the same.
The next evening they seemed overeager for us to leave as early as possible and we echoed their sentiments. When we had a slight disagreement on the time agreed upon , the next day, the owner took out his phone and played the recording of the conversation! Apparently he records all conversations he has with guests and " puts them in their place" when there is a disagreement !
They definitely looked like they did not care about our comfort ( to the extent of being rude) and the place itself is situated in a very very inconvenient location. Please do not go there. The price they charge is like a 4 star but it is no better than a lodge at a railway station. Do not be mislead by the photos and the positive reviews.
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Date of stay: January 2024
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Do not book this place
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ahu wrote a review Mar 2023
Bursa, Türkiye73 contributions4 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Perfect hospitality and correct place to feel the spirit of Varanasi. The owner of the hotel was very helpful about every detail we asked for. He arranged everything we asked for like perfectly. For example welcoming us at airport, transportation, to advice about places to see, the boat to see the sun rise over river Ganga. It was clean place which is very difficult to find in Varanasi. They have good restaurant. Rooms were comfortable and clean. It feels safe to stay there. And also the room I spb the night had the most amazing view I have ever seen. Hotel is by the river Ganga, and very close the holly fire place where they burn bodies like 7/24. You hear the voices of prayers, see the smoke of holly fire and feel exactly where you are. Many thanks to Schindhia Guest House for making us to live this unique experiment.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Free wifi, clean and delicious food, clever host to guide you perfectly about your Varanasi...
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Abhiram Paranjape wrote a review Jan 2022
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed for one day, at Scindia guest house. Had very comfortable stay. Location very suitable for visiting all important ghat and temples. Service very good, but don't expect too much (e.g. tea / coffee maker in room, approach to ghat unclean - dogs / cows and their poops blocking the road)
Off course this is out of control of guest house management. One you enter guest house, it's all nice, homely atmosphere.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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LUCKY Kasat wrote a review Jan 2023
20 contributions4 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The Ganges facing room is good with a wide view. BUT the rest of the hotel is in shambles due to breakage, dust and poor hygiene. Heard that hotel had encroached and so was broken down. What one sees is this broken down part only and this puts you off. The staff is good and cooperate well.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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canebrook wrote a review Jun 2013
New York City, New York67 contributions90 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
In 40 years of travel on five continents, this is the single worst hotel experience I've ever had. Where do I start... A friend and I had booked "super deluxe" top floor rooms for five nights. You reach the hotel entrance by climbing up a steep, garbage-choked alleyway from the ghat. As my friend got to the door, she was attacked by two monkeys. We then went up a narrow, dark staircase to our rooms, which I'd describe as plain and functional, anything but deluxe, let alone "super deluxe," and ludicrously overpriced. (Although the view of the Ganges from the balcony is admittedly spectacular.) Breakfast was supposedly included according to the hotel's website, but there was no breakfast. In fact there appeared to be no restaurant. When we returned later in the day, a gang of workmen was demolishing the balcony-side walls of the rooms next to ours with sledgehammers, without explanation. We came back again a couple of hours later to find the hotel occupied by a large number of armed soldiers. We were told later that the top floor of the hotel had been added illegally, and the soldiers had come to enforce a demolition order. Then I was attacked by the monkeys. That was the last straw, and we canceled the rest of our stay and moved out. The only thing I will say in defense of the Scindhia Guest House is that the manager was very nice.
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Date of stay: April 2013
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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photolandscape wrote a review Nov 2005
Cincinnati, Ohio102 contributions124 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I recently stayed for four nights at the Scindhia Guest House, at Marnikarnika Ghat, Varanasi. I am a photographer and wanted to be close to the Marnikarnika cremation ghats. I found Scindhia Guest House to be nearly perfect for my needs. It sits high above the river and offers a unique viewpoint on the endless sea of humanity between it and the Ganges. I had a balcony and a corner room on the top floor. I was constantly visited by monkeys on the balcony. If you leave your balcony door open, and leave food in your room, they are liable to come and get it. I had a friendly gecko in my room periodically.

The hotel places you right in the thick of things, but affords you the opportunity to retreat and detach from the ghats. Kush Barman is the young manager, and is a wonderful guy. Very helpful arranging whatever you need. They have an internet connection and an excellent lending library. The restaurant, run by the owner, was quite good.

The room was reasonably clean, had excellent hot water, a reliable ceiling fan and an incredible view, plus a western toilet and sink. Electrical service in Varanasi is inconsistent, so the owner has installed a backup generator and battery system to tide you over when the power goes out, as it will.

There is no better place to stay if you truly want to experience Varanasi. I recommend it highly. My room was about $25/night, but there are others in the hotel that go for far less and are probably almost as nice.
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zillam321 wrote a review Dec 2012
Exeter, United Kingdom65 contributions34 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Positive features : Good view of the river and city from upper super delux rooms.

Negative points : getting to the hotel requires a 20 minute walk down small and dirty alley ways dodging cows and motorbikes whilst carrying your baggage. A very unpleasant experience especially if you just had a long journey.
Hotel appears to have built in a rubbish tip! The smell of urine is even noticeable on the top floor balcony.
Lack of room facilities, no wardrobe or drawers so you live out of your bag, no tea/ coffee making facilities, no dressing table. No where in the bath room to put things apart from one high window ledge, 
Small towels made of a synthetic material that doesn't absorb water! 
No bed light or light switch near bed.
Air conditioner too noisy to use at night.
Inclusive breakfast actually an allowance of 300 rps per room against menu, because of high prices this is not enough to buy a simple breakfast for two. The place to eat breakfast was like a disused garage or animals cage at a zoo with some plastic furniture thrown in.
No room servicing. We stayed 5 nights and the room was cleaned once and only when we requested it.
Toilet paper sold at 50 rps per roll!
Staff pressing you to take walking tours and visit silk shop, and then pressing for tips afterwards.
Boat trips arranged at 360 rps for a couple and then you find you are sharing a boat! So a boat that could have been chartered for 250rps on the ghat is charged at 760rps.
This is not the worst hotel we have stayed in but for the price we paid 5000rps we got a hotel worth 2000 rps. 
It is worth noting that the owner/ manager is extremely unpleasant and rants stall his staff in front of guests. He accepts no critism and is very vindictive.

At the time we booked there was a big festival and rooms in other hotels near the river were hard to get for 5 consecutive nights, so this was our last resort. I would recommend you make it you last resort as well. Everywhere else has got to be better then this.
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Date of stay: November 2012
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Answer from Vishwesh_Katakkar
Pune, India50 contributions45 helpful votes
About 1km walk through the historic narrow lanes ! If you inform hotel, they will send their person to pickup your luggage and guide you.
Answer from kristinakarlsson4
Vastra Gotaland County, Sweden20 contributions8 helpful votes
Dear Pranab. There are no parkingfacilities. And you can not drive all the way because the roads are too narrow. My suggestion is not to take your vehicle, take the train! The rooms with balcony all faces the Ganges.
Navigate52531371624 wrote a tip Jan 2024
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do not book this place"
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ahu wrote a tip Mar 2023
Bursa, Türkiye73 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Free wifi, clean and delicious food, clever host to guide you perfectly about your Varanasi experiment"
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S godbole wrote a tip Dec 2021
United States1 contribution2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be prepared to walk/take steps to/from the ghat"
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Linda K wrote a tip Sept 2018
Santa Barbara, California51 contributions11 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"balconies overlooking the Ganges"
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pilgrim_gsa wrote a tip Mar 2018
New Delhi, India1,329 contribution305 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room with balcony"
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PRICE RANGE
₹2,828 - ₹9,982 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
20
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Frequently Asked Questions about Scindhia Guest House
Which popular attractions are close to Scindhia Guest House?
Nearby attractions include Aashirwad Tours (0.3 km), New Vishwanath Temple (0.4 km), and Manikarnika Ghat (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Scindhia Guest House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and airport transportation.
What food & drink options are available at Scindhia Guest House?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and breakfast during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Scindhia Guest House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Blue Lassi, Ganpati Restaurant, and The Ram Bhandar.
Does Scindhia Guest House have airport transportation?
Yes, Scindhia Guest House offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Scindhia Guest House?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Scindhia Guest House?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Hindi.
Are there any historical sites close to Scindhia Guest House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Batuk Bhairav Mandir (2.4 km), Chet Singh Ghat (2.0 km), and Ramnagar Fort (4.8 km).
Does Scindhia Guest House have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.
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