Varanasi is an exciting and overwhelming city, so a peaceful retreat, with simple comforts, clean rooms, character and kindly service, makes for a wonderful oasis amongst the chaos.
Scindhia Guest House is located right by the river overlooking the most picturesque of the famous ghats (Schindhia Ghat), which is next to the famous burning ghat. Mr Kush Barman, the owner/manager, is a helpful, charming host who can arrange sightseeing boat rides along the river (well worth it, both in the morning and evening) and side trips to the Buddhist centre of Sarnath. The restaurant, with a view of the river, serves excellent Indian dishes.
My daughter and I stayed here in December 2011 and had a marvelous time. We stayed three nights, but could easily have stayed longer. This will be the place I return to in Varanasi. As others have written, don't try to find the place on your own, phone Mr Kush from the railway station and he will send a tuktuk for you. The final approach requires walking through the narrowest of alleys - an adventure itself - and taking a porter is recommended. If you have no sense of direction and plan to wander away from the riverside, carry a compass and a business card from the guest house. We found the people of Varanasi to be kind, helpful and friendly, and very willing to give directions when we were lost. Vendors by the river will of course attempt to over charge you for anything, so take this in your stride, either calculate a reasonable price in your own currency and pay that, or seek advice from the guest house before you shop anywhere. Mr Kush Barman was helpful in so many ways, and I particularly liked his very positive attitudes towards cleanliness and security, and the fact that this is a drug free lodge.
Making reservations ahead is strongly recommended, as there are few rooms, and the upper floor rooms are particularly desirable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Scindhia Guest House Hotel Varanasi