Varanasi – Taj Nadesar Palace

The peaceful Taj Nadesar Palace nestles amid on 28 acres of lush gardens and fragrant orchards close to the sacred waters of the River Ganges in ancient Varanasi. Formerly the residence of the local maharajah, the gracious 19th century building is steeped in history and character whilst being conveniently close to the holy city’s most famous temples and ghats.    

Choose from just 10 spacious rooms and suites decorated with elegant antique furniture and original artworks from the royal family’s personal collection. Colour schemes are warm and muted, inspired by the flowers – marigolds and jasmines – often floated down the Ganges. A personal butler is at your beck and call, ready to help arrange yoga classes, river cruises, a horse carriage ride or a cup of steaming chai served beneath the hotel’s shady mango trees.

Wellness amenities at Taj Nadesar Palace include a fitness centre, mini golf course, croquet lawn and swimming pool. There is also a fabulous day spa offering a range of indulgent therapies whilst the guests-only restaurant serves refined Indian and international cuisine in an evocative setting infused with nostalgia. From time to time, a delicious barbecue feast is prepared by the pool, as live sitar and tabla music fills the evening air.


How to get to Taj Nadesar Palace

The Taj Nadesar Palace is located around 21km or approximately 35 minutes from Varanasi’s international airport.

Taj Nadesar Palace Highlights

  • A peaceful oasis located on a riverbank close to the famous ghats of Varanasi
  • Formerly a local maharajah’s elegant palace
  • Rooms decorated with antiques and artwork from the royal family’s collection
  • Personal butlers at your beck and call throughout your stay
  • Bespoke experiences from horse carriage rides to river cruises

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Varanasi, Kolkata and the Ganges Overview

Why Varanasi, Kolkata & The Ganges: The Ganges River and historic cities like Varanasi lie at the heart of Hindu religion and culture. Explore the temples, laneways, markets, riverbanks and ghats, which offer a fascinating glimpse into ancient living history.

When to Go: October to March is the best time to visit when the days are drier and clearer, and temperatures mild.

Combine With: The Golden Triangle comprised of Delhi, Agra (Taj Mahal) and Jaipur (Rajasthan), Khajuraho or the tiger parks of Bandhavgarh and Kanha.

Getting There: Varanasi and Kolkata can be reached by air, train or road.

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