The erstwhile royal palace in the holiest city of Varanasi, the Brijrama is an unlikely blend of luxury, heritage, and culture. Sitting at the edge of the ancient river which was born out of Lord Shiva’s lock of hair, the Palace is at the nerve centre of a network of alleys and walks which flow with the ancient wisdom of abstract ancestors.
Built in a distinct Maratha style by a ruler from Nagpur, a princely state in west India, the Palace was acquired by the king of Darbhanga who admired it like a treasure. Stone carved in the form of betel leaves, a characteristic element in the Maratha style of architecture, runs along the ceilings of the palace. Set in the ancient, stone sculptures and carvings grace the palace courtyard and corridors. Nuances define the walls, pillars, and ceilings of a bygone era. Decorated with chandeliers and weaves, the palace has glass inlays that can mesmerise a craftsman.
A view of the river from the grand suite lets you watch boatmen who ply people across the Ganges with saints chanting and people chittering, his empty boat floating on the calm in the wee hours, just before the temple bell wakes up the chaos of the day. Woven in a fabric of luxury, the ceilings have ornate paintings done with gold and silver. Explore the city from within the palace which is a true reflection of its ancient culture and royal heritage.
Cuisines Offered: Indian, Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Thai
Guests are plied across the river in traditional boats which float with garlands, towels and bottles of refreshing hospitality. Experience the cityscape at a glance from the river as you embark on a journey of history, heritage, and hospitality. A terrace café is equipped with a rare collection of books that can be savoured with gustatory delights and a view of the horizon.
The Brijrama has an exquisite collection of traditional cuisine which is primarily vegetarian, and consists of a Banarasi Thali, a three-course combination of local delicacies, and specialises in Chinese, Italian, Mexican and Thai. The chefs encourage guests to customise the menu and stay mindful of culinary preferences and desires.
A yoga and meditation centre wakes up with the sun to help guests explore their inner beings, finding balance and exploring the harmony within.