Gay Friendly Hotels Varanasi

Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels in Varanasi India (2024 Updated)

Gay resorts in the Varanasi. Generally speaking, well known hotels &  resorts in the Varanasi are welcoming towards all LGBTQ couples and most of the 4 & 5* hotels are gay friendly hotels Varanasi.

Legal status. On 24 August 2017, India’s Supreme Court gave the country’s LGBT community the freedom to safely express their sexual orientation. Therefore, an individual’s sexual orientation is protected under the country’s Right to Privacy law.
Varanasi is a city in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh dating to the 11th century B.C. Regarded as the spiritual capital of India, the city draws Hindu pilgrims who bathe in the Ganges River’s sacred waters and perform funeral rites. Along the city’s winding streets are some 2,000 temples, including Kashi Vishwanath, the “Golden Temple,” dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.

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1. Shree Ganesha Palace 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Varanasi

Shree Ganesha Palace

Shree Ganesha Palace, is a 80 year old heritage property is located in Varanasi. Free WiFi access is available.

Each room here will provide you with a cable TV, air conditioning and a patio. Private bathroom also comes with a shower.

At Shree Ganesha Palace you will find a 24-hour front desk and a garden. Other facilities offered at the property include a ticket service, a tour desk and an ironing service. The property offers free parking.

An exotic traditional heritage palace, the splendid example of regal Indo-Sirenic architecture. Very spacious with patio outside rooms. Located in the heart of city only 500 m from ghats, with parking facility available within property, free pickup from airport & railway station for luxury rooms.
Comfortable rooms. Very good service. The owner himself is managing the property. He is very nice and helpful. The hotel is located at walkable distance from the important ghats and temples. It is surrounded by markets and restaurants. To be very frank, I did not expect such a nice place in Varanasi.
Excellent place to stay in Varanasi. Positioned at a prime location from where the Vishwanath Temple and prime ghats are at a walkable distance. In spite of being in the prime location,its is quite calm and quiet since the hotel building is located just 2/3 blocks behind the main street. Excellent service received.
We booked economy double bedded ac rooms and found them to be comfortable.We found the food price to be slightly on the higher side but the quality and taste wise its excellent.
Varanasi, one of the most ancient cities of the world can be a difficult place for a 70 year old couple not so familiar with the city. I had booked this hotel for my 70 plus years old parents as a surprise trip as i couldn’t join of course. The soul of any hotel is not in its building, bed or a fancy bathroom. but instead in its human touch – The customer service! The best thing about this hotel is it does not make you feel like you are living in a hotel even for a bit. It is an epitome of customer service. From the time i made the booking and called them to fix up the sightseeing activities till my parents departed, each touch point was dealt with absolute warmth, courtesy and care that is unmatched.
In the middle of all the chaos, this little gem is a gift. Just outside the pedestrian streets, the tug tug can drive you here. Rooms are of decent size, there is a lovely courtyard and staff is super friendly.

With almost 100,000 pilgrims and tourists visiting Varanasi daily , going up to 500,000 on auspicious days for Hindus , especially on the main road leading to Kashi Vishwanath Temple and the main Dashashwamedh Ghat , in all the incessant honking and people jams , you need a quiet space just off the main Luxa Road , right next to the Old St. Thomas Church , then Shree Ganesha Palace is the place to stay .

Run for years as a small family owned bed and breakfast , it turned into a spanky new small heritage hotel just last year .

It’s a boutique heritage property built around a 1916 home , an old style colonial-Bengali bhadralok architecture suited to East Uttar Pradesh weather .

It’s got the warmth of the family and it’s close team.

The space and silence just 2 minutes down the alley makes it an accessible oasis as cars can go in , unlike most places in this old part of town .

Banks and ATMs next door as are pharmacies and a cinema hall too.

Gay Friendly Hotels Varanasi
Gay Friendly Hotels Varanasi

How much does a room costs at Shree Ganesha Palace ?

Prices start 36 $/night for Economy Double Room. The Premium Deluxe room with Bath Tub
s 68$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples. Local Taxes will be added to the above price.

This suite has a balcony, tea/coffee maker and electric kettle.

Where to book online – Shree Ganesha Palace  – Gay Friendly Hotels Varanasi you can find the best hotels deals in Varanasi during Makar Sankranti  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Varanasi on or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


2.  Hotel Taj Nadesar Palace 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Varanasi

Taj Nadesar Palace
Taj Nadesar Palace

This historical palace sits amidst mango orchards and jasmine fields, 6 km from the scenic River Ganges. Just 20 minutes’ drive from Varanasi City, this architectural wonder boasts antique artwork, an outdoor pool and a pampering spa.

Over the years, royalty and celebrities have stayed in the luxurious and spacious rooms at Taj Nadesar Palace. Featuring four-poster beds and traditional furnishings, all come with a flat-screen TV, DVD player and minibar. Large marble bathrooms have a bathtub.

Taj Nadesar Palace is 1 km from Varanasi Junction Railway Station and 1.5 km from the local shopping malls. It is 21 km from Babatpur Airport. Free parking is available.

he experience of my stay at the Nadesar Palace went from being surprising to becoming overwhelming. The property is a palace turned hotel and unlike most other hotels of the same concept, Taj has done a wonderful job of savouring the heritage and the history of this place without actually disturbing anything of the actual Palace and somehow turning it to become much more luxurious.


The location of the property wasn’t anything special, as it is a 15-20 minute drive and walk to the Ghats of Varanasi (along the Ganges river). But it was quite a wonderful retreat to return to this serene hotel after the epic chaos and sheer craziness of Varanasi.

Adjacent to the Nadesar Palace is another much larger but less luxurious hotel, The Taj Gateway. You can also dine there if you wish and use any of their services, since that is another Taj hotel.

This hotel was a palace built in 1835 which was converted to a hotel not too long ago. Prior to that it was used by Kings to host visiting Royals. There are only ten guest rooms each of which is unique and its clearly the nicest hotel in Varanasi. The palace has large well groomed grounds including five golf holes and a large vegetable garden. The service is outstanding and they offer a carriage ride to tour the grounds. There are also beautiful palace rooms available as common areas.

There is a small restaurant which only serves guests, so its menu is somewhat limited versus larger hotels. However, dining for breakfast and dinner on the outdoor terrace is in an outstanding location. There is a royal welcome when you arrive and they give you nice gifts upon departure. We have stayed a few Taj Palaces in India and they all are unique experiences well worth visiting


Dining here was a surprising highlight. We really enjoyed our breakfasts and especially our dinners. Food really was delicious! Considering how small the kitchen and team are compared with the other luxury hotels where we stayed, there was a surprising diversity of options on the menu–and they even did go off-menu for me once. (The menu here was surprisingly more diverse than even that at Amanbagh! Not bad for 10 rooms!)


The Suite: It was extremely spacious–some may say too spacious–but it did lack any real view, being that it was on the side of the hotel. The best views would look onto the rear garden in our view.

You enter in the enormous living room–which felt vacuous only because it was so enormous and the furnishings didn’t quite seem sufficient for the size of the room!

It was also strange that the living room had no natural light, but that was the design of the era, we guess.

The bedroom was lovely, if lacking any really impressive view–just looking out onto the side garden.

The bath was spacious and wonderful, however.

The air conditioning worked extremely well again, preset for our arrival to 18 C. There were 2 units in both the living room and bedroom, so plenty of power to properly cool even in the hottest conditions, it seemed.

Gay Friendly Hotels Varanasi
Gay Friendly Hotels Varanasi

How much does a room costs at Taj Nadesar Palace ?

Prices start 520 $/night for Palace Double Room. The Historical Suite is 650$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples. Local Taxes will be added to the above price.

Spacious suite with a separate living room and views of the golf course.

Where to book online – Taj Nadesar Palace  – LGBT Friendly Hotels Varanasi you can find the best hotels deals in Varanasi during Makar Sankranti  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Varanasi on or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


3.  Resort Amritara Suryauday Haveli 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Varanasi

Resort Amritara Suryauday Haveli
Resort Amritara Suryauday Haveli

Housed in a refurbished 20th century fort-style mansion, Suryauday Haveli is situated in the holy city of Benaras, just a 15-minute walk from the famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple.

Babatpur Airport is a 15-minute boat ride, followed by an hour’s drive away. The Varanasi Bus Stand and Varanasi Junction Railway Station are within 7 km away.

Fitted with wooden flooring, air-conditioned rooms offer cable TV, and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. Tea/coffee making facilities are included. Select rooms offer views of the river.

The cosy dining area serves Indian vegetarian dishes. The rooftop terrace offers snacks and beverages, accompanied with panoramic views of the surroundings.

Suryauday Haveli on Shivala Ghats is a reflection of the spirit of the holy city of Benaras. The Haveli traces its history back to the early 20th century. It was built by the Royal Family of Nepal as a retreat for the aged. It’s now been painstakingly put together again to provide the best ghat experience in Benaras. Your stay begins with a 15 minute boat ride upstream along the famous ghats of Benaras to reach the Haveli, other nearest pickup point is Agarwal radio also known as Shivala crossings which is approx 200 meters walk only. The Haveli is also connected by small alleys and streets leading to the Famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple (15 minutes walk).

This little and charming hotel even if simple on its style, is on a great location, very easy to walk around the old part of town and get the right feeling of what it offers. All waiters and manager were kind to us. Lovely people. Food is also good, we recommend the aloo tikki as snacks! If you sit on the terrace and look down, you feel like being on a movie. We truly enjoyed our time there.

I can’t imagine a better location than Suryauday Haveli for a stay in Varanasi; the hotel looks right out on the Ganges River. And it looks out over one of the quieter ghats. It was great to visit the busier ghats, but I’m glad we stayed near a quieter section of the river. Varanasi is a fantastic place to visit, and it’s wonderfully chaotic, but it’s great to have a hotel to come back to where you can decompress. The Suryauday Haveli was just that. It has a central courtyard for dining, and a great rooftop patio with views, and the whole place reminds me a bit of charming small hotels in Italy. Our room was very clean and comfortable. The staff is super friendly and helpful.

Rooftop terrace gives great views of the river and ghat. Within a short distance you are fully immersed in all that Varanasi has to offer. Hotel is veggie and dry, we were dying for a cold beer after our sightseeing trip but it didn’t kill us!

The hotel is very clean, nicely appointed, and comfortable. It is very charming. All services, from laundry to getting a cup of cappuccino, to having our rooms services have been met with warm enthusiasm. Our comfort is the highest priority for the hotel staff and it shows in their respectful attentiveness. Everyone is professional yet personable. Truly, no problem is without a solution for this cohesive team of hospitality staff. Access to the Ganges River is amazing.

How much does a room costs at Amritara Suryauday Haveli  ?

Prices start 165 $/night for Standard Double. The Deluxe Double is 180$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples. Local Taxes will be added to the above price.

Fitted with wooden flooring, this air-conditioned room offers cable TV, and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. Tea/coffee making facilities are included.

This larger room offers views of the river.

Where to book online – Amritara Suryauday Haveli  – Gay Friendly Hotels Accommodation you can find the best hotels deals in Varanasi during Makar Sankranti  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Varanasi on or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.



by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.