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Scindhia Guest House Next To Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi 221001 India
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#43 of 334 B&Bs / Inns in Varanasi
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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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Abhiram Paranjape wrote a review Jan 2022
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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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S godbole wrote a review Dec 2021
United States1 contribution
We recently had a great experience staying at Scindhia Guest House. The room was clean, the staff was quick to take care of any issues It is a family owned business. They can provide all your meals upon request. They served delicious vegan and vegetarian meals. Our room had a great view of the ganges. One thing you need to know is that there is no access for a car. Walking and/or climbing about 60 steps is necessary. The hotel staff can help carry your baggage. The hotel has boats which you can use for additional charges. Overall, we had a great experience.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Be prepared to walk/take steps to/from the ghat
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mikael h wrote a review Dec 2019
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It is as many say simple but clean and good food. Best chapati so far :) When were her Varanadi was cold so needed to sleep with clothes on, no heating in the room. It is a bit tough to get up the hotel, high steps
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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NorfolkFozzy wrote a review Nov 2019
Trowse Newton, United Kingdom148 contributions61 helpful votes
I last stayed at the Scindhia 15 years ago and, just like then, can give it a rave review. The set up, furnishings etc are fairly basic, but everything else is absolutely exceptional; location, views, food, variety of tours, security and ESPECIALLY the staff/service. The owner/manager speaks perfect English and is tireless in his pursuit of customer satisfaction, and his support crew are honest, faithful and hard working. If you’re not in need of frills, and you’re happy to be based North of the centre but still in the thick of the action, this is ABSOLUTELY a great option and unlikely to disappoint.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Brenda R wrote a review Oct 2019
Oxford, United Kingdom374 contributions142 helpful votes
Amazing little guest house right in the middle of the alleys of the old city. Extremely clean and comfortable. Kush the owner and his family so lovely and welcoming, and can’t do enough to help you. Thoroughly recommend!
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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JohnnyVanderlust wrote a review Dec 2018
Toronto, Canada8 contributions5 helpful votes
It's basic but it's clean. The biggest reason to book this guest house is the view. If you can afford it, spend a little more money to get a room with a balcony. If you can't, you can still see the river from their dining area.
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Michel6562018 wrote a review Oct 2018
Amersfoort, The Netherlands6 contributions1 helpful vote
At Scindia Guesthouse you are on top of it and you still have peace and distance. From your balcony you look out on the Scindia Ghat and the adjacent Manikarnika Ghat - the most important place for Hindu cremations - and through the door on the Ganges side you are directly in the hectic ghats. You cannot wish for a nicer place to be in this extreme, intriguing city. The rooms and restaurant are basic but adequate, the people are extremely friendly and helpful and the food is well prepared and hygienic. A great location as a base to explore the unlikely world of Varansi. And after a few days you’ll even find the way to the guesthouse in the labyrinth of alleyways ...
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Date of stay: August 2018
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Linda K wrote a review Sep 2018
Santa Barbara, California52 contributions11 helpful votes
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Staying at the Scindhia House you are right in the center of the truly amazing Varanasi. Basic needs are met with a smile. Our rooms were overlooking the Ganges with balconies. Many stairs to the rooms but there are porters to assist. You can arrive either by boat or from the main street with porters I arranged with our guide prior at Streetwise Varanasi Tours. 7 minute walk through the narrow passageways you arrive right into the center of the Manikarnika Ghat and then another block walk along the Ganges you will see the hotel. Right in front is the famous must-see sinking Shiva temple. Entrance to the property is a bit discerning as you walk up the side of what looks like a bombed out shelter and in reality is an active temple facing a hole in the wall with dirt flowing out of it. Our porters who were in front of us disappeared and I thought they walked through that hole entrance but there are steps continuing to the right and there is the entrance to the guest house. Being a travel consultant and organizer I thought"oh no I might be finding another hotel to stay in when I first looked at my group of friends faces {all females} but the Scindhia Guest House was great for what we expected...clean and basic and the staff welcoming. I chose to stay right at the ghats as we were doing two sunrise boat tours, one in each direction and one sunset boat tour. With the traffic above so horrific staying at a more westernized property away from the ghats our time would have been very inefficient. Watched the bathers in the Ganges from our balconies. Baboons at night ended up sleeping on our balcony so make sure balcony door is locked. Walked to the Aerti Ceremony and all along the ghat area including the burning ghats very easily. Fascinating seeing all the rituals performed by individuals in and out of the Ganges. Lots of walking in and outside of the hotel with steps so you do have to be able to navigate up and down stairs. We had hot water and they do have a sign saying they use machines and not like a lot of hotels have the laundry done in the Ganges. A remarkable scene as you boat up the Ganges. I expect to come back to this city again as it is a photographers paradise and look forward to staying at this guesthouse again. Management was very interesting and helpful.
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Date of stay: January 2018
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: balconies overlooking the Ganges
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Tarynwalker wrote a review Jul 2018
Portland, Maine8 contributions3 helpful votes
the views from the room are great, you are overlooking the burning bodies, so watching that part of the culture was very interesting. The monkeys visiting you was all a part of it too. Shared book to read for my travels was nice as well. this is a basic place, but the location and views is what sets it apart. It is worth the climb.
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Date of stay: August 2017
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Natasja F wrote a review Mar 2018
Sandton, South Africa93 contributions74 helpful votes
The property is not reachable by car. It is close to the burning Ghat. The manager appears to be very helpful but when you ask for something - like can we get a packed breakfast because we leave early- he was not keen to assist. BUT We did get a packed toasted sandwich with hardboiled eggs on the day of departure .Breakfast each morning- .No fruit and weak coffee with egg and toast- it is complimentary... so I guess I should not mention it... but rather pack your oats so easy. The boat trips the hotel arrange was Rs 150 per person- which was good price- you pay cash. You have to give your key in at reception and ASK them to clean your room daily- they do not do it if you do not ASK. So No kettle in the room and no coffee or tea. It might be because the hotel was quote empty that the service levels were down. But I will not stay here again.
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Date of stay: March 2018
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Frequently Asked Questions about Scindhia Guest House
Which popular attractions are close to Scindhia Guest House?
Nearby attractions include Manikarnika Ghat (0.1 km), Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple (Golden Temple) (0.4 km), and Nepali Temple (Kathwala Temple) (0.3 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 Varanasi Cafe & Restaurant, Blue Lassi, and Ganpati Restaurant.
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 (3.2 km).
Does Scindhia Guest House have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.