You can stay at the Taj (a lovely hotel I'm sure, with all mod cons) but be 8km from the Ganges. We chose to stay on the river at Jukaso and were not disappointed. The advantages well outweighed the disadvantages. You do need to take a boat (500 metres through the old town with luggage would be a nightmare) and get up quite a few steps to the reception (it needs those steps to stay above flood level!). There is a small lift which worked fine for us. We stayed on the top floor and had a great view of the river and the decrepit palace next door. The food was quite adequate (fair to very good) and service good. The restaurant has tables overlooking the river and you need to reserve the best ones. One huge advantage the hotel has is that the evening and morning cruises are so much easier! We also visited temples and the walk through the old town (without luggage!) was certainly interesting. Varanasi is not for the faint hearted. Regarding insects - there are an awful lot - but I don't know what the hotel can do.
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- 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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