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“Mrs. Bhandari's Guesthouse, a welcome refuge”

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Mrs. Bhandari's Guesthouse
Ranked #2 of 144 Amritsar B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 23, 2012

My husband and I spent two nights in January 2012 at this guesthouse. As it is on the outskirts of Amritsar, it was very quiet, being just far enough away from the constant honking of the downtown. It has a rural serene feel with a few buffalo grazing at a trough in the spacious compound and a large grassy enclosed yard. Our bedroom was in a detached building so was especially quiet. The room was very spacious with a desk, small table and chairs, comfortable bed, and many warm quilts which were necessary for the cool January nights. It felt to us like we were at grandma's house. Everything was spotless. We were given a heater and there was also a wood / dung burning fireplace for our use. The breakfasts were generous and very delicious. Our hostess, Mrs. Bhandari, a very friendly woman, greeted us at breakfast each morning to make sure our needs were being met. As the kitchen staff were available all day, we also enjoyed tea in the afternoons and ate our dinners there - perhaps the best dinners of our trip. We heartily recommend this B&B for your stay in Amritsar!
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 17, 2012

By the time we got to this guest house, we were suffering Delhi Belly so I was probably not as tolerant as usual! This property had the important things - clean sheets, comfortable bed, hot water (when you figured how how to use it!). Staff were helpful, would bring tea or coffee when we got back in and arranged an early breakfast for us as well as a dinner. And it is close to the station, which made our morning transfer very simple. And it is quiet.

But by then all I wanted was somewhere comfortable and this was not it. I would not want to stay here in extreme warm or cool weather. There was an airconditioner for cooling in the room, and a heater, which we used, but it made the room too hot and dry. The staff's english was limited, so we kept getting asked for money after paying what we thought was our complete bill, but then were asked for some more. The dinner that was organised for us was very good (according to my husband!)

The water buffalo were there - but they were fine - they were docile and were chained and happily eating their grass. All that was kept clean.

So if you want to experience something other than a modern or heritage hotel, without getting too close to the chaos and grot outside, this is the place for you.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 9, 2012

In all my travels throughout India, I cannot think of a single place that has ticked all my boxes as Mrs Bhandari's has done. I've always preferred intimate, cosy guesthouses over soulless hotels, but in India, smaller generally equates to shabby, dirty and terrible service. Mrs Bhandari's Guesthouse is none of those: it is wonderfully maintained but in a manner sympathetic to its era. It was built in the 1930s and still retains a fantastic retro feel about it. There are crisp white sheets, hot water bottles, warm (and clean) blankets, wood in the fireplace should you want a fire, expansive and quiet green gardens in which to stroll and sit in the sun. There is a fantastic roast pork on the menu, friendly and accommodating staff, and we also managed to get a tour of the main house from Ms Bhandari junior, who still lives there. There are buffalo to provide milk - I know others have found this odd and not to their tastes, but that's how, traditionally, people in India have lived: with animals. Don't expect TVs and late-night room service, but do expect bed tea, slanting sunlight coming through the curtains in the morning, peace and quiet, and hot showers in bathrooms with original tiles. I wish there was a Mrs Bhandari's in every town and city in North India.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Aarti S
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Reviewed March 6, 2012

Located very close to the railway station (if arriving by train, they provide a complimentary pick-up) and not too far from the city.

The rooms are excellent - we were there in the winters and were impressed by how the staff made sure that when we got back from dinner our heaters were on and there were hot water bottles in our beds.

The guesthouse has a lot of history. Started way back in 1956. Once you are done with the Golden Temple and the border ceremony, do spend some time exploring the guesthouse!

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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 27, 2012

We arrived in Amritsar mid afternoon, greeted at the train station by a driver arranged by Mrs. Bhandari's. On arrival at the homestay, we went through all the formalities of signing in and were then invited to the front garden for afternoon tea. what a tranquil setting, the lovely walled gardens were well tended.. Our room was something else, a step back in time, warm and inviting, lovely windows all round overlooking a vegetable and small enclosed garden. A great porch to sit out at and have our breakfast in the mornings, listening to the birds and the children playing at the nearby school. The food was slightly overpriced, but it was very good. Staff were very helpful and arranged anything that you required, even laundry. We walked into town on a few occasions, taking in the sights and chatting with people along the way, friendly people. Management were able to arrange for a driver to the Wagah-Atari Border, we shared the car with another guest, they also arranged for a driver to take us on to Chandigarh when our stay was finished. Can't speak too highly of the management and staff. We stayed forfour nights and enjoyed every one of them. Would thoroughly recommend Mrs. Bhandari's.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 3, 2012

This B and B deserves a better rating average. We had a delightful time. It was cold so they turned heaters on and put hot water bottles in our beds while we were gone! The grounds are immaculate--especially by Indian standards. Spend some time walking around the garden! Our rooms were rustic but clean. The beds were very firm but comfortable. It is out of the way but that also makes it a bit of a haven. Our only real complaint was that the food was way over-priced. You can get better food cheaper, elsewhere.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 10, 2011

The history of Mrs Bhandari’s Guesthouse is interesting. Located in the cantonment area, it was started by Mrs Tahmi Bhandari in 1954. She died in 2007 at the age of 101. Born into a wealthy family, she was a teenager at the time of the 1919 Amritsar Massacre. It is thought that she was the first Indian woman to ever drive. During Partition in 1947, Mrs Bhandari stitched clothes for thousands of refugees who arrived in Amritsar. The guest house is now operated by her daughter. I stayed there for four nights, 25th to 29th March 2011. There is a lot that is good, very good in fact. The gardens are large, well maintained and tranquil. The food is okay but perhaps a little pricey as is the beer. No guests seemed to be accommodated in the historic house, but rather in converted out-houses which may have been military barracks in the Raj era. Rickshaws, both pedal and petrol/diesel powered, are easy to hire to get you to the Golden Temple and other Amritsar sites.

For me, however, the close proximity of cattle to the guest accommodation quarters was a cause for serious concern. It was akin to what one sees in poor rural villages from the window of a passing train or bus. I arrived from Delhi around 11:00pm and throughout the night I thought I had dreamed of smelling cow dung and hearing the occasional moo sound. In the morning I realised that next to my room was a small enclosed cattle yard with copious amounts of cow dung on the concrete yard floor. It smelled, very badly in fact. I am familiar with this smell having stayed on diary farms, but on these farms the residential buildings were well away from the animals and cowshed.

Reflecting back, it is not only the smell around the guest accommodation that is of concern. There could well be health issues having guest accommodation and farm animals so close to each other.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Mrs. Bhandari's Guesthouse

Address: 10 Cantonment, Amritsar 143001, India
Location: India > Punjab > Amritsar District > Amritsar
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 144 B&Bs / Inns in Amritsar
Price Range: $11 - $11 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
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