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Nadesar Palace

5.0 out of 5.0

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Tamal Chatterjee-the Front Office Manager (The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi) and Chauffeur Mata Prasad dropped me at Nadesar Palace from the Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi. It is just a one-minute drive by car. (DOS: 8 to 09 May 2017). Vedic pundits welcomed me with the traditional ritual of chanting Sanskrit mantras. I really liked the auspicious sound of the conches. While checking out Pandit Kishore Kumar Pathak and team saw me off by offering curd and sugar. Once again Sanskrit mantras were recited. Pundit Kishore even gifted me a mantra book plus a conch. I was deeply moved by this exemplary gesture of Kishore. History says, Nadesar Palace was the residence of Maharaja Prabhu Narayan Singh (1889-1921). Here the King entertained his guests with pomp and splendour. I had the good fortune of staying in the Lord Mountbatten Suite. This palace, with stunningly spectacular architecture and ambience has ten suite rooms. Palace rooms are four (Bhutan, Benares, Persia and Laos) Historical Suites are four (Lord Mountbatten, Queen Elizabeth, His Highness Prabhu Narayan Singh, and Nawab Wazid Ali Shah)and Royal Suite rooms are two-Pandit Nehru, and His highness Vibhuti Narayan). I was so pleased and delighted to stay at the Lord Mountbatten Suite. Lord Mountbatten had stayed here in Feb 1948. I was really on a high. For the travellers in mind, let me describe the interiors of the Suite Room. Housekeeping Executive Subhangi explained me in detail on the Palace as well as my Suite Room. She was very articulate and enormously helpful too. My Suite Room was located on the first floor. It was a corner room. Teakwood from Assam was predominantly used. The Living Room had a 3 seater coral coloured double shaded Sofa as well as two single Sofa Chairs. The TV Cabinet had a DVD Player too. Blunt yellow carpet. Oval shaped Centre Table which had a Banarasi runner beneath the glass top. The Dining Area in the Suite Room was equally impressive. Two seater teakwood Dining Table was placed in the centre on a carpet with exquisite designs. Tea, Coffee Amenities were kept in a wooden Jewellery Box. The Mini Bar Cabinet had a Coffee Machine too.The wooden Newspaper Stand was seen carrying two Coffee Table Books. The signature of Lord Mountbatten can be still seen in the photo frame studded on the wall. This is when he checked into the hotel 20 February 1948. The Bed Canopy was decorously done. Four Wooden Pillars were ancient. Two Side Tables. An Ottoman, broad Luggage Rack with marble top, weaved basket (to keep the cushions) ancient Wooden Wardrobe and a Cane Basket were the other things in the Bed Room. I liked the switches. Pl see the pictures. This palace has such a delightful aura of personalised service and professional touch. It does not have a restaurant. Instead there is an area dedicated for dining (four tables inside and six tables in the alfresco area). Junior Sous Chef Saurabh Mathur, who ushered me in during my check in period, also looked after me very well. He radiates enthusiasm. Talks confidently. Very quick footed too. Just before the check out, he came into my Suite Room and handed over the gift from Nadesar Palace. I accepted the gift from him graciously and gracefully. In a Wooden Box, a Stole, a tie and two cuff links sat together comfortably. See the picture. Yet another high impact touch point. I felt so special, delighted and pampered. Four people served me Chef Meghanath (he made a very tasty Sambar for me), Guest Service Supervisor Manish, Restaurant Manager Vinu and Vishal (F&B executive). The Cutlery and Crockery here was so special. Royal in every sense. I enjoyed the flute music of Chandradeep at the Alfresco Area during my breakfast period. All the staff members genuinely went above and beyond to ensure that I was happy and comfortable at all times. Prem Kumar Singh, Guest Service Associate remembered our interaction in 2011 at Westin Pune. He was cheerful all the time. The Horse Carriage owner Mohamed Naseem informed me that the horse carriage is 185 years old. Munna is the name of the white horse. Naseem is wedded to this Palace. His grandfather also was working with the King. Front Office Associate Surbhi was very friendly. I found the Book Marks very interesting. Please see the pictures. I had a fantastic time. It was just perfect. Truly idyllic and serene; the greenery around was so soothing. All the staff members (including the Doormen) I was lucky enough to meet were polite, welcoming and professional. This palace is a magical venue where everything was made possible for me. The ride in the horse carriage was memorable though it lasted less than three minutes - from Nadesar Palace to Taj Ganges. The Horse Munna is very obedient. He follows the instructions of his Master Naseem word by word. Exceptional hospitality. Attentive staff. For me, it was an incomparable experience. Extra ordinary as well as unique. I will remember Nadesar Palace forever....

Nadesar Palace by Taj is a Palace converted into a Hotel by Taj. It has only 10 rooms. Excellent landscape with the matching Hospitality and courtesy. Having dinner in its dining area. Since it's a small hotel , no name is given to its restaurant. Since it is small, you get the experience of private dinning. Each dishes are specially prepared for you. We liked Benarasi Dum Aloo . One also must taste Nageshwar Dal, it is black DSL but with Mughal touch. I would say a must kind of experience.

Sleek, tasteful opulent interiors besides a structurally strong palace, in the middle of the city will mesmerise you with a taste of Royalty. I went there for dinner and saw the place. It is definitely going to get a special mention in my book.

The hotel was built by the East India Company & acquired by the Maharaja Prabhu Narain Singh in the 19th century. Recently converted to a hotel, it has ten rooms & has a small intimate feel. It retains that regal & palatial feel. Our room opened on to the terrace where you could eat your meals overlooking the pool – so peaceful. The rooms were very comfortable. The staff were so helpful & couldn´t do enough for you. A must stay hotel. We had a horse & carriage ride around the grounds of the hotel. The carriage was 185 years old. The horseman was a third generation horseman who had worked at the hotel. It is claimed that no one knows more about the hotel & it´s history than he does. He was a lovely man full of pride & humility; I always find that is a very rare combination. He told us so much history. I could have listened to him forever! He showed us various outbuildings & told us what they´d been used for. He also pointed out various trees & flowers native to that area. We also visited the hotels vegetable garden. The vegetables were beautiful – we thought the soil had to be so good for them to be so good. The horseman said that when his grandfather worked there, there were 2 tigers & ten elephants that lived in the grounds.

Nothing can prepare you for the overwhelming sights, sounds and smells of Kashi in Varanasi, the most holy of cities for Hindus in India. The hotel is a sanctuary away from the must-see life on the river from the thousands of pilgrims praying on the ghats and Brahmin offering their priestly services to Doms tending to funeral pyres and Dhobis washing clothes. The small boutique hotel harkens back to the colonial era, with suites named after their most famous visitors including Queen Elizabeth and Lord Mountbatten. The staff were very attentive, the food tasty and the rooms very comfortable in an old world English style. Having walked in the old town and been on a boat tour witnessing impossible to forget images, it was lovely to sit back on the verandah looking out to the gardens enjoying breakfast taking time to digest the amazing experience that is visiting Varanasi.

The palace has just 10 rooms so it was like staying at an exquisitely furnished private residence. The service was impeccable - never intrusive but always ready to assist. I can't wait to return with my family.

Varanasi can be overwhelming - an assault on all the senses. Taj Nadesar Palace offers a welcome, quiet retreat from all that. The hotel offers just 10 guest suites, each individually decorated in the style of the Mughal/Raj era and named after the famous guests who have stayed there. All rooms have modern amenities and wifi is included. Our room on the second floor shared a large balcony overlooking the grounds with two other rooms whose occupants we never saw. There is a small dining room on the ground floor adjacent to the lovely patio dining area which overlooks the pool and gardens. We had dinner both at the sister Gateway Hotel which shares the property and at the Palace. The experience at the Gateway was noisy, group tour buffet while that at the Palace was calm, relaxed and refined - perfect after a day touring in the crowds and cacophony of Varanasi. The menu features both Indian and western cuisine and the food is excellent. The staff was attentive but not obtrusive. No request seemed to difficult for them. A highlight was the tour of the grounds in the Palace's refurbished horse drawn carriage. Our driver was a third generation retainer and very proud of his family's service and of the hotel, itself. He was a fountain of knowledge as he took us on our leisurely tour of the extensive grounds. A thoroughly enjoyable stay.

Nadesar offers a truly royal comfort in a most beautifully converted palace surrounded with story-book-quality, landscaped private gardens. Difficult to imagine a more romantic dinner setting in the heart of India when you see how the amazingly friendly staff prepares your table and the accompanying decor in the garden. Superb and generous management, excellent service, top quality kitchen..

The experience of my stay at the Nadesar Palace went from being surprising to becoming overwhelming. The property is a palace turned hotel and unlike most other hotels of the same concept, Taj has done a wonderful job of savouring the heritage and the history of this place without actually disturbing anything of the actual Palace and somehow turning it to become much more luxurious. As the hotel only has few rooms you actually feel you've rented an entire palace just for you. It's Mainly because of their wonderful team that make you feel so royal and make you feel like a prince/princess while staying here. The properly is so beautifully maintained, that you often go back in history while experiencing the stay as the study rooms, the dining area of the maharaja is intact and acts like a lounge and coffee shop and as a dining area for guests respectively. The staff is extremely courteous and I would say one of the best I've experienced so far with Taj. The spa experience was wonderful! Only sad part was I had only a day to stay here but I'm definitely coming back soon for a long weekend here. Special thanks to Mr Vishal Singh and Ms Jenny. Very decent and helpful team. A big thanks to their entire team!!

This hotel from the Raj era features a 5 hole golf course. We had a most accomplished caddy as well as ball search forecaddy and an assistant with cold water and towels. The hotel has beautiful rooms and a small dining room inside and a larger dining area outside by the pool and gardens. The staff was very attentive and most friendly. This is an oasis in Varanasi.

Nadesar Palace Grounds Varanasi Uttar Pradesh

Located within a mile (2 km) of JVH Mall, Nadesar Palace is within 2 miles (3 km) of Bharat Mata. This 10-room, 5-star hotel has a golf course, a full-service spa, and a restaurant. In central Varanasi, the hotel is also close to Vishwanatha Temple and Kashi Vishwanath Temple.

Enjoy a leisurely bite to eat at Palace Indian Restaurant, the hotel's onsite restaurant. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service. Start each morning with full breakfast, available for a fee from 6:30 AM to 11 AM.


All of Nadesar Palace's 10 air-conditioned rooms provide fireplaces, minibars, and coffee makers. TVs come with cable channels and DVD players, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Beds sport premium bedding and bathrooms offer deep soaking tubs and free toiletries. Free newspapers, free bottled water, and ceiling fans are also standard.


Guests of Nadesar Palace have access to a golf course, a full-service spa, and an outdoor pool. There's free valet parking if you drive. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include a health club, free WiFi in public areas, and a 24-hour business center.

Property features

Room options

Historical Suite, Suite, 1 King Bed, City View

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Royal Suite, 1 King Bed, City View

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

94% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 311 reviews