We were determined to stay on the Ganges on our second visit to Varanasi. Choices are, or so we had thought, very limited, and mostly of the budget type. The result, a river view room at the depressing, horrible Ajay Guesthouse. (See separate review). Having arrived in Varanasi very early in the morning, a boat ride on the Ganges rescued us from the 'hell hole with a view'. Near the Dashashwamedh Ghat, I spotted a row of potted greenery in front of a beautiful building, and was elated to hear from our boatman that it was a new hotel, very recently opened. I practically jumped off the boat to race up the steps, cross the stone terrace, and be welcomed into a beautiful, tranquil, haven of my most favorite kind of hotel- relaxed yet sophisticated design and hospitality.
After a quick trip back to hell to retrieve our bags, we were free to enjoy the bliss and tranquil respite from the often overwhelming chaos of Varanasi's narrow, bustling streets that Jukaso offered.
In the heart of varanasi, on the banks of the Ganges, incredible views especially at sunrise, (even from our bed!), gorgeous surroundings, great food, impeccable service, monkeys joining us for afternoon cocktails. Suddenly, we had it all!
What glorious salvation.
And it's about time there was an alternative to the backpacker accommodation offered riverside.
A bit of a splurge (thankfully we had a credit card) but sooo worth it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WelcomHeritage Jukaso Ganges at Varanasi is built on a sloped embankment called the ‘Guleria Ghat’ on the banks of the Holy Ganga River is typical of the riverfront architecture of Benaras. Sandstone quarried from the Chunar Area has been extensively used in the structural beams and columns of this property. The property has 15 Well appointed rooms and most of them are east facing which provide the guest with the advantage of a river view and a soothing breeze blowing off it. ... more less
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