by A J on Jun 19, 2015Speciality Lodging
Oh what an extraordinarily spectacular experience the Taj Nadesar Palace was, and what an ideal compliment it was to the wondrous holy city of Varanasi! My mother and I
culminated our 2-week tour of India in January 2015 in this out-of-this-world city and opulent hotel, once the residence of the local Maharaja and royal family. I, firstly, extend my profound thanks and genuine appreciation to the hotel's General Manager, Mr. Ahmar Siddiqui, for his most gracious accommodation of our requests. Furthermore, I commend the stellar staff, including Operations Manager, Mr. Inderpal Bedi, and Asst. Manager Operations, Monojit Monodol, as well as the amazing waiting, kitchen, grounds, and front desk staff, particularly Neeha at Front Reception and the gentleman who provided tours of the verdant grounds on the charming horse-drawn carriage. Bravo!!!
The hotel is a palace that has been beautifully converted into a luxury boutique hotel sitting on a vast green expanse, boasting exotic and rare trees, peacocks and fragrant flowers! This oasis of calm is ever the more felt and appreciated as a reprieve from the sensory engulfing experience that is Varanasi! From all the places that I have ever travelled in my life, Varanasi is unequivocally the most fascinating, most magical and spiritually-charged place I have encountered.
From the early morning serene boat ride along the still, magnificent and awe-inspiring Mother Ganges river to the photographer's paradise of kaleidoscopic colours that are the sacred cow-wondering ancient streets of Varanasi to witnessing the banks of the holy river illuminate with prayer-filled floating candles following an evening "Arati" worship, Varanasi is a must for spiritually-inspired person! The full range of human existence can is reflected along the crescent-shaped waters, ranging from worshipers bathing in the devine and healing waters to those washing their laundry to the pyres where the deceased are cremated, this ancient city spanning millennia can be pleasantly overwhelming to the novice visitor. Enter the Taj Nadesar Palace where you are embraced in the lap of luxury, fine, sumptuous food, and service that is at par with any world-class hotel!
This harmonious ebb and flow between the placid quietude of the hotel and the all-encompassing magical, busy and sacred energy of the city is the perfect way to enjoy, absorb and process Varanasi! I also highly recommend visiting Sarnath, a very short drive out, which is the 2,500 year old birthplace of Buddhist teaching, where immense stupas mark the first place the Buda taught following his enlightenment. I also highly recommend taking a carriage ride around the property, and treat your body, mind and soul to the signature spa treatment including bathing in pure Ganges river from its Himalayan source, rich milk and fragrant spices and creams: BLISS!
Thank you Taj Nadesar Palace for providing my mother and me an experience of a lifetime, which we shall treasure forever!
by Chloe R on Jun 10, 2015Speciality Lodging
Simply put, the Nadesar Palace is a true triumph of the hospitality business. We visited the Nadesar Palace for four nights in August, and were simply blown away by its
charm and luxury. In a country of amazing service and incredible hotels, the Nadesar Palace is a resounding stand-out from our two-week trip to the North of India. The hotel is small and intimate, only offering a handful of rooms, but the intimacy makes it a lush tropical paradise that is a welcome respite from the colorful and crowded city that lies just beyond the walls.
Every member of the staff were flawlessly trained and extraordinarily in tune with the needs of their guests: attentive but discreet, as it should be. This training was put to the test whenever we had special requests or inquiries--it is rare that good service is instilled in every single member of the staff (even those that interact less with the guests) but clearly it can be done and the care and respect that the staff have for their trade and the reputation of their hotel is clearly evident.
One example of this extraordinary service: after going for a run around the grounds, a staff-member knocked on our door and brought in a post-workout restorative drink of hot honeyed lemon water--totally unprompted and such a special touch. The food was impeccable--offering both traditional Indian and Western choices--and at one point when a member of our party asked if it was possible to get a certain kind of juice, the waitstaff responded with "why not?" and promptly had the chefs prepare it for her.
Overall, a true masterpiece--the whole experience, start to finish, was so well-oiled but with a personal touch.
Must see: the horse-drawn carriage ride around the property--the driver was so passionate and did an amazing job of showing off the immaculate grounds...a real highlight of our trip.
by Nidhi_Taparia on May 07, 2015Speciality Lodging
If you want to get married in a beautiful palace, with history, grandeur, a holy atmosphere and the least amount of stress -- I suggest you pick Nadesar Palace in
I got married there and it was stunning to be surrounded by everybody in their staff that simply went out of their way to ensure that I was always similing! From Mandap to satvik thali dinner post the wedding to even Sonam and Kripi helping me put mehendi and get dressed or even Monjoeet who went out of his way to help my husband with every tiny detail - be it mist fans or marigold flowers!
Nothing was too much and beyond them -- and it felt like I was getting married in my own house. The most beautiful part about the wedding was the simple but stunning 480-year-old Shiv Temple -- under a gulmohar tree right across the foyer. To be married with peacocks walking, koyals cooing and the sun setting with the scared fire havan in the temple -- is a sight and memory which will stay with me forever.
We waited for months to get 3 rooms in the Nadesar as its just a 10 room property, but I can assure you it was worth the wait.
And the Taj sure knows how to lay out the hospitality red carpet! They made our parents feel absolutely comfortable and our tiny wedding party absolutely at home.
What I love even more than the welcome with mantras and chants -- is the way they say bye! every member of the staff came to the porch to bid us farewell. Kudos to Ahmar Siddiqui -- the manager of the hotel and also a big tx you to the chef Saurabh who made every single meal an event.
Our romance started at 16 when we discussed which Taj property we wanted to travel to. We are glad to have celebrated our big day and our beautiful but simple wedding at Taj Nadesar.
To anybody who wants to make their wedding vows or renew them, don't even think twice. Say I do at Taj Nadesar
by Caroline T on Apr 22, 2015Speciality Lodging
After we had recovered from the full-on welcome (conch shell fanfares, garlands of flowers round our necks and glasses of champagne) we found a lively, friendly and engaging hotel - surprisingly intimate for such a luxurious setting. It was a marvellously peaceful retreat from the noise and crowding in Varanasi, offering a world of its own, with high levels of comfort and good taste. For me, the best part of the five days we were there was the cookery lesson, given (I asked) by the talented young chef Soorabh ,with his sous-chef Rohit, out on the terrace in the golden late afternoon light, and the peacocks preening themselves on the lawn. Highly recommended.
by anzaceve on Apr 17, 2015Speciality Lodging
Cannot say enough about the small Taj hotel in the exciting city of Varanasi. There are only ten rooms an the one restaurant but that is all you need
here. The rooms are well appointed and beautiful, the food is to die for, they could not do enough for their guests and we're happy to provided traditional Indian food from the region that was not on the menu , saying that the menu for trditional food is extensive but sometimes hotels cater for the middle road to heat and flavours of food.
The welcome here was impressive and we will remember it with affection.
Take a ride in the carriage aroun the property, the driver is knowledgable and very friendly.
The peacocks in the ground and the numerous Hawks make for a wonderful viewing when walking around the grounds.
Wonderful experience even though the roads are all being "upgraded " which make getting around the city difficult at times - certainly not the hotels fault though of course
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