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A lovely boutique hotel in the heart of Amritsar
Ranjit's Svaasa has a big focus on wellness with an excellent spa
Colonial red-brick style with many nooks and crannies to explore
Guests can expect fresh Punjabi cuisine
The owner, Mrs. Rama Ranjit is a renowned Alternative Medicine Practitioner
Amritsar has the extremes of summers and winters. Summer runs from April until June, hot with temperature soaring to a peak of about 49 °C. The Monsoon runs from July to October with mild to heavy rains which are well received after the hot summers. Winter usually runs from November to March. During this time temperatures can touch a freezing -4°C, with the highest temperature going up to 18°C. Best time to visit Amritsar is from October to March.
Best to upgrade to one of the suites if you can.
Best to upgrade to one of the suites if you can.
Ranjit's Svaasa is a delightful guest house located in Amritsar. The hotel prides itself on its links with the past, and as a house which entertained British visitors during the Raj. It is now a comfortable retreat offering a homely atmosphere.
Ranjit's Svaasa is housed in a gorgeous red-bricked British colonial mansion dating back to over 250 years; it's a place of complete and utter peace and tranquility with its courtyards, gardens and terraces.
Each room in Ranjit’s Svaasa is different and offers a high degree of comfort and individual style, they use interesting linens and colours to create cosy rooms and suites. All rooms have welcome little touches like the a complimentary basket of Svaasa goodies, a minibar with complimentary beverages and bathrooms with natural handmade toiletries.
The chef cooks sumptuous Punjabi cuisine using fresh organic ingredients on a daily basis. The award winning 'Spa Pavilion' uses age old techniques to rejuvenate guests including hydrotherapy, reflexology, body wraps, scrubs and polishes, steam, and infra-red sauna. A wellness consultant will be able to access your body imbalances and advise you on your diet, nutritional supplementation, fitness regime and yoga.
Whilst Ranjit's Svaasa is not a luxury property, it is one of the few hotels in Amritsar that offers both quality accommodation and bags of character so it often our first choice. The hotel does not have credit card facilities so local currency is required for any extras.
Amritsar is rich in cultural heritage and there is plenty to see and do. You can take a private horse cart (tanga) to visit the evening procession of the Holy Book at the Golden Temple which is one of the most beautiful buildings in India. Floodlit by night, it is a sight not to be missed!
There are fifteen rooms and suites at Ranjit's Svaasa, each featuring free WiFi and a minibar. Opt for a suite if you are looking for a little more space.
Children are welcome at Ranjit's Svaasa, but please be aware there are no specific facilities for them. Baby cots can be arranged on request.
Facilities at Ranjit's Svassa include a restaurant, a number of lounge areas, the spa pavilion, cafe and a shop selling local handicrafts.
Aside from relaxing at the hotel with one of the many massages and therapies, yoga and meditation you can venture in to Amritsar where there is plenty to see and do including the astonishing Golden Temple.
Jallianwala Bagh and the tower of Gurdwara Baba Atal Sahib. Further afield there are many more temples and historic sites to visit such as Goindwal Sahib with its wonderful array of murals, frescoes and floral motifs.
We were disappointed with this hotel. It was dingy and run down with very limited facilities. There was no room service available and the menu for lunch and dinner even as printed was limited and in the event some of the items on the menu were not available – no chicken (or meat at all), no onions for cheese and onion sandwich, no beer (run out). The evening meal was simple and pleasant enough, but could not be described as “sumptuous Punjabi cuisine”. If the suite we were in was the best available, then I hate to think what the cheaper ones were like. The view from our external window was a brick wall. The advertised “basket of Ranjit Svaasa goodies” was a jar of biscuits. There was some local unrest in the area which might explain some of the shortages, but the hotel staff did not seem to be making any effort to overcome them and meet their guests needs.
Ranjit's Svaasa is a really interesting property; at its heart it is a charming heritage property tucked away down an alleyway in Amritsar and very much promotes its 'health orientated' mentality. I loved the various pictures on the walls telling the story behind the house, and the food was simple yet really rather good.
Amritsar is the spiritual centre for the Sikh religion and home to the Harmandir Sahib, known as the Golden Temple.
Ranjit's Svaasa is situated in the heart of the historic city of Amritsar, just off the aristocratic Mall Road. The foothills of the Himalayas are only a couple of hours away is 20 km from the Amritsar.
9-hour flight (direct with Jet Airways from London) to Sri Guru Rm Dass Jee International Airport in Amritsar, followed by a 20-minute drive to Ranjit's Svaasa.
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