Set in almost five hectares of well tended gardens a short drive from the heart of the city, the Taj Ganges (formerly the Gateway Hotel Ganges) provides a peaceful retreat in the holy city of Varanasi. The hotel is close to the famous ghats on the River Ganges, making visits to these and the many temples simple.
The 130 rooms are centrally air-conditioned and provide satellite TV, free Wi-Fi internet access, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities and an en-suite bathroom, all you require for a comfortable stay. Suites have extra space for a private sitting area. Standard and executive rooms overlook the city, executive suites have views of the city or gardens, and deluxe suites look out over the gardens.
There is an attractive swimming pool in the gardens, ideal for unwinding, and spa treatments are available to enhance your relaxation. For those wanting more of a challenge there's a fitness centre with a selection of exercise machines. You have a choice of Indian, Asian and international cuisines at Varuna and Chowk, the hotel's two restaurants, and can socialise with fellow guests at Princep Bar.
Open: The Taj Ganges is open all year.
Location: The Taj Ganges is located a short drive from the centre of Varanasi in 16 hectares of gardens. It is just 21kms from the airport.
Rooms: There are 130 rooms in four categories: standard and executive rooms (both 22sqm), executive suites (48sqm) and deluxe suites (55sqm). All are air conditioned, have complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, safe, direct dial phone, TV, tea and coffee maker and minibar. DVDs can be borrowed on request. There is 24 hour room service.
Activities: Guests can explore the city of Varanasi, with its ghats and temples. Hotel staff can help plan excursions to sites further afield.
Facilities: The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre and spa. There are extensive gardens. There is a shopping arcade on site. The hotel offers a laundry service and currency exchange. The hotel has a modern coffee shop and bar and a restaurant specialising in Indian dishes to compliment the main restaurant which serves international dishes. The bar serves wine, spirits and cocktails.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: We recommend malarial prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi and high speed internet access.