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Sankatha Guest House

CK. 10 / 60A Manikarnika Ghat | Near Golden Temple, Chowk, Varanasi 221001, India
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

We spent three days in Varanasi and stayed at a modest Sankatha guest house. The location is perfect if you want to sense the unique athmosphare of the ancient way of life. The place is near the river just on the line to the main gremation ghat. The staff is friendly, there is hot water shower, wi-fi in the room... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We stayed in the hostel for two days recently. It was a bit challenging to find it but with a bit of help from local residents we made it at the end. Sankatha is well located,ust few minutes walk from Manikarnika ghat. It would give you an excellent opportunity to explore the area and become familiar with funeral customs. Sankatha... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We came to Manikarnika Ghat and tried to find some good place to spend four nights. The manager of Sankatha found us and invited in. At first we took a look at one room in the first floor. It was not a good choice, the room was wet. The second try was better, our room was under the roof restaurant... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

I came with train and got picked up by the guesthouse. No extra charge, that was really good because otherwise it's hard to find the place. Once you are there no problem to navigate back if you can find the burning ghat. The guesthouse is quite noisy, the rooms are built around an open space which goes up all the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Myself and a friend stayed here during Diwali 2012. The initial reservation was made for Pooja Guest House. However, they had overbooked and so Gaurav from Pooja took us to this place. Sankatha is found in the narrow streets in the old part of Varanasi. It is difficult to find without the help of locals. Kids are often willing to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

The top roof restaurant is our favourite in Varansi. Delicious as home made. Always nice and gentle staff. The view is magnific. The river Ganges flows slowly in moon light. The athmospher is lika a dream with the burning ghat in a very close area. You can easily get an overview of the ghats south from Sankatha Guesthouse while waiting... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

I arrived from Delhi at 7am in the morning. I was asked to wait until 12pm for other guests to check out (which is absolutely fine), however it got to 1.30pm and no room had materialized, so I asked the manager who told me that unfortunately the room that I had booked and paid for was not available. He suggested... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights and the hotel was comfortable and in a great location - if you want to be amongst the action. The manager (older gentleman) took us sightseeing (which was fine). He was then asking us about our plans and when he heard we were moving on the next day advised us to go to Allahabad... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

This guest house is in the heart of old town in a perfect location. Varanasi can be a maze but if you walk along the river it is easy to navigate. Sankatha Guest House is only 200m away from the main burning ghat (Manikarnika Ghat) and Ganges river. All attractions are within close walking distance. The burning Ghat at night... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

One of the reviews says "cosy", but in our experience this hotel was anything but cosy: cold bare-walled rooms, very loud latches in doors (yes, latches with padlocks rather than locks), openings in the bathroom which make it possible to hear what's happening in the neighbouring bathroom. Also, internet is switched off for the night – something that the hotel... More 

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