Brij Rama Palace

Varanasi, Delhi and the North, India

At a Glance

  • Built in the 18th century, Brij Rama Palace is steeped in history

  • The 32 rooms provide an intimate and friendly atmosphere

  • A stone's throw away from the famous Dasashwamedh Ghat, site of the annual Ganga Aarti

  • The hotel has been fully restored to its former glory

  • Enjoy the unique views from the hotel's rooftop

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Best time to Visit

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Average time to visit

The best season to visit Varanasi is between October and March when the temperatures are a in a comfortable range of 5-25 °C. This is a good time to be out sightseeing as the weather is pleasant and very cool. The winter months are also when festivals are celebrated with enthusiasm and fervour in Varanasi. Dussehra and Bharat Milap are celebrated in quick succession in September/October followed by the festival of lights - Diwali. The Ganga Festival also takes place in November and this is the time when people come from far and near to pay obeisance to the holy river - Ganges.

The summer lasts from April to September/October and it gets really hot at this time with the temperatures shooting up to 45°C at the height of the season in May and June. The rains come in July and August bringing the temperatures down marginally but the humidity levels rise.

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Insider's View

Try Thali in the restaurant, where you can try many different local dishes and don’t miss the morning ceremony

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Description

Occupying an enviable position on the banks of the River Ganges, Brijrama Palace is one of the city’s oldest buildings and has been sensitively restored to its former grandeur to offer an opulent and regal stay with sensational views over the river.

A true labour of love, Brijrama Palace dates back to the 18th century and has been artfully restored to offer guests an opportunity to stay in a slice of regal history on the banks of one of the world’s most famous rivers. Sailing into the hotel by boat gives a taste of the experience to come, along with the carved pillars and Persian rugs of the lobby.

The historic details and antique-style furniture of the 32 rooms and suites combine with modern amenities, including air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs and tea and coffee facilities, to create a comfortable home-from-home. Elegant marble bathrooms offer a bath or shower while robes, slippers and fluffy towels are a welcome sight after a day of strolling around Varanasi’s colourfully chaotic streets. With views out over the waters of the holy River Ganges and its cacophony of life, the hotel’s two restaurants, Darbhanga and Kamalya are beautiful and atmospheric spots to enjoy delicious local and international dishes. Traditional and ancient recipes at Darbhanga echo the heritage of the surrounds that include delicate frescos and restored ceilings while Kamalya Café & Terrace serves teas, coffees and street food-inspired dishes with an al fresco dining option on the terrace. Stepping from the hotel into the colourful melange of Varanasi’s ghats brings you directly into the hub of life that swirls around the waters of the revered Ganges. The ghats are at their most vivid in the early morning and evening and a boat ride at this time is a chance to observe the rituals and pujas of the worshippers as the heady aroma of incense drifts out with the chants of the priests and the smoke of their lamps.

 

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Accommodation

The rooms and suites of Brijrama balance the historic character of the building with modern amenities to create a welcoming retreat from the activity of the ghats below. Simple colours are given warmth with Persian rugs and rich furnishings, while dark woods and heavy brocades bring a regal opulence. Many of the rooms and suites boast views over the Ganges, ideal for enjoying a morning coffee as the river comes alive with local people bathing and worshipping in the water.

Childcare

Children are welcome at Brij Rama Palace, but please be aware there are no specific facilities for them.

Facilities

Brijrama Palace offers a taste of local cuisines and Indian vegetarian dishes in Darbhanga, while more casual meals and drinks can be enjoyed at Kamalya. As it lies in such close proximity to the holy River Ganges, non-vegetarian dishes and alcohol are not served.

Activities

Whether strolling along the ghats and soaking in the history and vibrant life up close, or paddling through the water in a rowing boat to observe from afar, Varanasi hums with an effervescence that captivates all who visit. Haggle for rich silks in the overflowing markets, sit in reverent silence at the evening aarti ceremony or drift along the waters at dawn as worshippers bathe in the holy waters.

Location & directions

Varanasi, Delhi and the North, India

Situated on it’s own Ghat, Brijrama Palace lies on the banks of the Ganges in the city of Varanasi, one of the oldest living cities of the world.

How to get there

Fly into Mumbai Chattrapathi Shivaji Airport. From there you will take a 2-hour domestic flight to Varanasi Airport. Brij Rama Palace is a 1 hour 30-minute drive away.

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