Nestled on the Darbhanga Ghat in the holy land of Varanasi, also known as Benares and Kashi, is the Brijrama Palace, a 200-year-old structure restored to its original glory two years back. It took the current management nearly two decades to restore the abandoned structure. As soon as I entered the hotel, the grandeur and ambience left me spellbound. The interiors are carefully done with beautiful antiques and exude serenity. Here is a pictorial journey of the majestic Brijrama Palace.
The Brijrama Palace Hotel as seen from the Ganges. One needs to take a boat from Bhisasur Ghat to reach the hotel situated on the Darbhanga Ghat.
Left to right: the view from the lift leading to the lobby, it is the oldest lift in South Asia; staircase inside the hotel reminds of an era gone by; every corner of the property has items to enhance its beauty, here is a vintage wooden cupboard.
The Bada Aangan as seen from the first floor. The place is used for cultural performances every evening.
The entire place is restored very carefully to make sure that the real essence of the palace stays intact.
There are a number of public areas in the palace. The traditional Thikri art in blue and silver takes you back in the times of Royalty.
As the sun goes down, the palace lits up in glowing lights.
The Brijrama Palace Hotel as one restaurant named ‘Darbhanga’. Situated on the lobby level, the restaurant serves a variety of cuisines catering to its diverse clientele.
On my first day at the hotel, I tried the Banarasi thaal served in silver-coated utensils.
Udayan, the rooftop terrace offers breathtaking views of the river and the old city from sunrise in the morning to the brightly lit crescent ghats at night.
The mornings at Brijrama Palace starts with the pleasing sound of a flute. A man dedicatedly plays the flute for an hour every morning. Who would want a better alarm this?
The mild fragrance of marigold flower petals kept at various places inside the place makes the ambience all the more soothing.
A view of the ghats from the balcony of Brijrama Palace Hotel.
I came back from the Brijrama Palace Hotel with memories to cherish.
Text and images by Supriya Aggarwal