No rooms anywhere when arrived in Varanasi late at night. I remembered that the Sonmony had been recommended to us by another traveler so we made our way to Harischandra Ghat, one of the burning ghats. We checked into room #22 and the night watchman was kind enough to give us a couple of towels and sheets. Not the cleanest hotel in town but under the circumstances, it was okay. The next morning we awoke to chopping sounds and discovered that the enormous scale to weigh the wood for the pyres was pretty much at the hotel's front door. I would caution anyone staying here to be prepared for the smell of burning flesh wafting up from the ghat. Staying here will provide a full on India experience. We paid Rs 400 for a double.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- My hotel name is Hotel Sonmony. This is small and budget hotel. It is situated at Harishchandra ghat, Varanasi, India beside the Ganges River. This ghat is known as a small burning ghat. I have 20 rooms with bathroom and hot water and many rooms have nice Ganges River view. I have these facilities: internet, roof-top Indian restaurant, laundry, travel desk, boating and free pick-up services from bus stand and Varanasi station, yoga-less music concert in restaurant etc. My room price is for single 150-250Rs, double 400-750Rs. I also have some air conditioned rooms and air cooler. ... more less
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