The Ajay Guesthouse was recommended to us by a friend and we were not disappointed. A truly amazing hotel right on the Ganges. It's old, rustic and run down but this only adds to its charm.. If you're coming to Varanasi then it's definitely worth stretching your budget to a Ganga view room. My partner and I stayed in one of the dome balcony rooms, which was beautiful.
Fantastic views and waking up to see the sun rise over the river right from our bed was magical. We stayed 6 nights in late November and managed to negotiate R3,000 per night with breakfast included - this may sound expensive for India but we found it was cheaper than other hotels along the Ghats. If you're on a budget, it helps that food in the area is so cheap that you can eat from as little as R25.
The hotel is right by Munshi Ghat and about 2min walk from the main Ghat. An auto-rickshaw from the train station should take about 10-15 minutes, and cost around R75.
The hotel offers good food at the Sunrise roof top restaurant where you'll be surrounded by cheeky little monkeys looking for snacks. The hotel also includes free wifi in the main hotel and rooftop restaurant.
There are two guest-houses - Ajay and Elena (same hotels), we stayed in Elena - both have the round, dome balcony rooms. I can not express how helpful the staff were, from making sure we were happy with our room (which was cleaned everyday) to organising and purchasing our train tickets on our behalf for as little as R100 (it'd cost more if we took a taxi to the station to book it ourselves!).
When we return some time in the future we will definitely be staying here!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ajay Guest House is one of the fabulous sites of Varanasi. Extremely situated in natural location. Exhibits entire scenery of Varanasi one look. It also has all modern amenities from airport pickup, to sight seeing, travel planning. Each room is like a house in itself. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ajay Guest House Hotel Varanasi