The hotel Ganges View is situated on the banks of the river Ganges at Asi Ghat, which is one of the five most sacred places of pilgrimage in Varanasi. The river Asi used to merge into the waters of the Ganges at this very place, marking the southern boundary of the holy city. It has always been an important place for saints, seers, pundits and poets over the centuries. The renowned saint poet Tulsidas wrote a part of his celebrated epic, the Ramacharitmanas, at Asi, more than four hundred years ago.
The hotel is housed in a heritage property of the erstwhile family of the Muksudpur Tekari State of Bihar. Its ancestors immigrated in Varanasi in the late 19th century. A private home, known for its warm hospitality, it was converted into a hotel in 1990. Recreating the atmosphere of a bygone era, the hotel has become a meeting point for artists, writers and scholars over the years. Workshops and artists camps are also frequently arranged in the hotel to promote local talents. Apart from these ongoing events, there is a permanent display of artifacts in the hotel premises, open to visitors and guests of the hotel.
All rooms are air conditioned and decorated in traditional style. Attached bathrooms are modern and clean. There is a restaurant serving local food, prepared according to the family's ancient recipes. All food is vegetarian and no alcohol is served (as with all hotels close to the Ganges). There is a small library with a wide collection of books on Indian art, Indian culture and history. A spacious outdoor terrace provides lovely views along the Ganges.
A great value place to stay directly on the Ghats of the Ganges.