I was fortunate to stay two weeks in this very enjoyable and well run hotel in a traditional Indian haveli (or palazzo as the Italians would say) which has been beautifully restored. It looks directly onto the Ganges - you can step into it from the hotel - and is just off the attractive and interesting main bazaar (no cars), and yet somehow manages to be quite quiet and peaceful (except for some distant music drifting over the river now and then).
The staff, at all levels, were exceptionally pleasant. The General Manager, Mr. Kuldip Saini, was always seeking to help and went far beyond what duty required in helping with some research I was doing. Front Desk, Krishna, Meegha and the others were equally helpful, and it went on like this right down to the hotel's own (complimentary) rickshaw service. Restaurant served delicious and varied Indian food, mainly buffet and again with charming service. There was even a (very nice and informative) Brahmin priest who will take you through the morning Homa (fire) ceremony at the river's edge. Room was well equipped and delightful in a traditional Indian way. And finally even the guests were a plus, interesting people from all over the world plus Indian families who have discovered this wonderful traditional place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vibrant and forever echoing the chant of a thousand prayers, Haridwar is an arresting blend of Indian culture and spiritual beliefs. The Haveli Hari Ganga is a resort situated on the banks of the Holy Ganga, a mere 500 meters walk through the bazaar at the sacred Har ki Pauri. Designated recently as a heritage property by the Government of India, the interiors of the Haveli are reminiscent of ancient Indian architecture where there are balanced tones of tranquility & comfort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Haveli Hari Ganga Haridwar
- Haveli Hari Ganga Hotel Haridwar