Taj Nadesar Palace

Varanasi, Delhi and the North, India

At a Glance

  • A peaceful retreat after a day of sightseeing in the frenetic old town

  • Private 4 hole golf course on the extensive grounds - sufficient for a relaxing putt and chip

  • The Taj Jiva Spa

  • Atmospheric al fresco dining options, on the verandah, or rear patio by the candle-lit pool

  • Works of art from the Maharaja’s collection decorate the Palace throughout

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Due to temperatures and precipitation, Delhi and much of northern India can be an extreme place to visit during certain months of the year. The hottest months of the year are May and June, during which time temperatures can get up to 40°C. The coldest months are from December until February whilst the monsoon season is from the end of May through to August. During this time although the the temperature cools, the humidity is very high, and rainstorms are frequent. It is not advised to visit during these months. The best season to visit is between October and March when the weather is pleasant and very cool, making it great for sightseeing.

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Insider's View

Why not take a horse carriage around the grounds– the carriage man is descended from generations of carriage drivers who have historically served the property. The current chap's late father had the Mountbatten’s and many other famous faces in the same carriage that is used today!

Take a stroll around the beautiful surrounding gardens and ask for a private dinner on location

Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday to Taj Nadesar Palace or take a look at our itineraries to India


Taj Nadesar Palace offers a luxurious place to stay in the sacred city of Varanasi. A boutique heritage hideaway, Taj Nadesar Palace offers an opulent and serene retreat located in beautiful grounds close to the vibrancy of the Old City.

Taj Nadesar Palace offers renowned Taj service in this heritage property in Varanasi. Built by the East India Company to house officers stationed in the ancient city of Benares which is now Varanasi, Nadesar Palace was bought by the Maharaja Prabhu Narayan Singh in the late 19th century to offer sumptuous accommodation to visiting dignitaries.

Restored by the Taj Group, Nadesar Palace offers ten rooms and suites, with spacious living areas and large windows overlooking the gardens where mango orchards and jasmine fields grow. They are complemented by spacious white marbled bathrooms, with stand-alone bathtubs.

The real treat of Taj Nadesar Palace is the Jiva Spa downstairs, offering three treatment rooms and a yoga room. The spa menu includes a range of holistic treatments, custom-made healing baths, aroma therapies and Ayurvedic massages.

Taj Nadesar Palace is all about relaxing and rejuvenating, allowing you to stay a little longer in this magical city. Take your time to explore Varansi's hallowed backalleys and mystical ghats. This wonderful hotel to let you get the most out of one of India’s truly fascinating cities.

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Taj Nadesar Palace offers ten rooms; four Palace Rooms, four Historical Suites and two Royal Suites. Rooms feature spacious living areas and large windows overlooking the gardens where mango orchards and jasmine fields grow. They are complemented by spacious white marbled bathrooms, with stand-alone bathtubs.


Children are very welcome to come and stay at Taj Nadesar Palace. However, there are no specific facilities available. Babysitting can be arranged upon request.


The dining area at Taj Nadesar Palace offers both Indian and international cuisine. Open from 7am until 11pm, guests can enjoy a delicious fresh breakfast here, as well as lunch and dinner in the evening.


The hotel can arrange a horse driven buggy to tour the city which was once used by the Maharaja of Varanasi himself, golf, guided nature walks around the Palace lawns and yoga classes in the spa. Excursions to the Chunar Fort, a Mughal stronghold located in the Vindhya range, 45 kms away from Varanasi. There are also boat rides along the Ganges, trips to the Benares Weaver Village or make your way to the ghats to witness the Ganga Aarti – the traditional ritual worship at the Ganges.



Daniel Smith (Staff)

Nadesar Palace is quite simply the best place to stay in Varanasi. It is located about 20 minutes from the main Ghats, but this gives you the breathing space to explore the city as and when you choose. The hotel was a guest house for East India Company officials, and as such retains a lovely heritage charm. Taj Hotels have also made the rooms very comfortable indeed using period furniture and fittings. Downstairs, there is an excellent spa meaning many guests now say they could easily spend 3 nights in the city having more time to relax before moving onto their next destination.


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  • Evening Aarti Ceremony

    The Varanasi Ganga aarti takes place every sunset at the holy Dasaswamedh Ghat, near Kashi Vishwanath Temple. A sight to behold when visiting Varanasi, we can reserve seats for you if you would like to watch it close up.

  • Explore the Ghats of Varanasi

    It is in Varanasi where pilgrims perform ritual ablutions. There are nearly 100 ghats, steps leading to the banks of River Ganges. The ghats are an integral compliment to the concept of divinity represented in physical and supernatural elements.

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  • Walking Tour of Varanasi

    Walk along the Ghats and through the famous narrow alleys of the old city with your guide.

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Location & directions

Varanasi, Delhi and the North, India

Located in the Nadesar Gardens close to the Gateway Hotel about a 20 minute drive from the Ganges. Varanasi is one of the oldest living cities of the world, on the banks of the river Ganges.

How to get there

8-hour 30-minute international flight to Mumbai Chattrapathi Shivaji Airport, followed by a 1-hour domestic flight to Varanasi Airport. Nadesar Palace is a 40-minute drive away.

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