The Taj Ganges is a peaceful getaway in the sacred city of Varanasi. Spread over 42 acres of lush, tropical gardens, the hotel’s modern facilities, superb service and choice of cuisines make for a perfect place to relax and unwind. The guest rooms are spacious and well-equipped, with warm wooden flooring and air conditioning. The modern on-site gym is convenient for those wishing to keep up with their fitness routines and there’s also a large outdoor swimming pool surrounded by comfortable loungers and parasols. Jiva Spa uses the principles and practices of yoga and the yogic lifestyle to create massage treatments and holistic therapies to feed the mind, body and soul.
Both buffet and à la carte dishes are available at the all-day Chowk Restaurant, which serves international, Indian and Pan-Asian cuisines. For something special, book a table at Varuna, the Taj Ganges’ signature restaurant which specialises in delicious thalis, or platters of food, that celebrate the region’s food culture, lovingly created using produce from the hotel’s own organic garden. There is an emphasis on vegetarian food throughout, although meat eaters are happily catered for. Wines, spirits and cocktails can be enjoyed at Prinsep Bar, whose colonial styling makes it a cosy spot for an aperitif or a nightcap.