I had two nights at this guest house which goes by two names; Palace on the Steps and Ajay Guest House. I caught a prepaid taxi from the airport which took just under an hour. Although the distance isn’t far geographically, the traffic in the city centre is horrific even by Indian standards. The driver couldn’t get me close to the hotel and I soon worked out why; it is down narrow winding alleyways and I would not have found it without the help of the locals which of course wasn’t free, but expected.
I had booked the large turret room on the ground floor and this is the room I had, to my relief. Both the room and bathroom were large, and it had it’s own a/c unit which seemed to have a mind of it’s own at times. The power was a bit intermittent, mainly around 10pm but always came straight back on.I didn’t use the restaurant.
The thing that really makes this lodging stand out is the view. Yes, it is a very narrow balcony but the view is simply stunning looking up and down the Ganga (Ganges). At the base of the hotel are boats which can be hired for the sunrise trip up and down the river.
I am not really into Indian food and having not eaten a lot decided to head back out to the Gateway hotel for a substantial western style dinner. It was around half an hour or more away by tuk tuk and whilst very nice, made me realise just how convenient my hotel was to everything.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ajay Guest House is one of the fabulous sites of Varanasi. Extremely situated in natural location. Exhibits entire scenery of Varanasi one look. It also has all modern amenities from airport pickup, to sight seeing, travel planning. Each room is like a house in itself. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ajay Guest House Hotel Varanasi