A 200-year-old castle on a ghat in Varanasi is now a luxury hotel.
The original structure of the BrijRama Palace, built as a fort by a Maratha minister, dates back to 1812 and is one of Varanasi’s oldest buildings. An elevator (I’m told South Asia’s first was installed here back in the early 20th century) ride up to the lobby from the ghats leads to a traditional welcome and a chilled glass of thandai.
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