10 Best Homestays In Varanasi, India - Updated 2024

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Nupur Agarwal
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Nupur Agarwal

Seated on the banks of the sacred Ganges River, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh is one of the seven holy cities of Hinduism. Also known as Benares or Kashi, Varanasi regularly holds rituals along ghats or passages leading down the river, and history inhabits the city’s streets in the form of converted forts and operational Hinduist temples. It’s a feast for the eyes and souls. Alongside colours, fumes and smells, visitors should turn their attention to other attractions, such as the Dhamek Stupa, a stone sculpture believed to be the site of Buddha’s first sermon. The century-old Banaras Hindu University and the colourful Ruchika Art Gallery are also must-visit places. For an authentic, spiritually charged holiday, read on and discover the best homestays in Varanasi, India.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on May 23, 2024.

1. Ram Bhawan Residency (from USD 15)

Offering a yoga room, a shared kitchen and marvellous views of the sacred river, Ram Bhawan Residency is a great homestay option. This property in Munshi Ghat has received many enthusiastic reviews from its satisfied guests, with special mentions to its convenient location and cleanliness.

You can choose different accommodation options with a shared or private bathroom, seating area and terrace. Top-quality food is also provided at an additional cost. Paid parking is available at a nearby site, but airport drop-off and pick-up are also available.

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Ram Bhawan Residency

Wifi Available

Address: D-20/21 Munshi Ghat
624 meters (0.4 ft) from Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Restaurant Pets allowed Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Laundry Dry cleaning Family rooms

2. Homestay (from USD 47)

Just under 1.2 miles (2 kilometres) from Varanasi Railway Station, Homestay is a family-run property that offers many perks. Guests can enjoy an Indian or continental daily breakfast buffet, thoughtfully decorated rooms with a private bathroom and free WiFi.

Cooking lessons, yoga classes and village walks can be arranged upon request. Have an authentic cultural experience in the city of Varanasi when you stay here.

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Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: D-61/16, Sidhgiri Bagh
1.65 km (1.1 mi) from Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Fitness centre Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms

3. Vijaigarh kothi (from USD 71)

Nicely decorated, elegant rooms characterize this well-established homestay in central Varanasi. The property features a 24-hour front desk, a restaurant and a snack bar. Guests can also enjoy a well-maintained garden and a spacious roof terrace.

The cleanliness of the rooms, friendliness of the staff and unbeatable location set this property apart. Parking is available for free.

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Vijaigarh Kothi - Heritage boutique

Wifi Available

Address: B1/3 Assi Assi
2.83 km (1.8 mi) from Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Parking Restaurant Room service 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Laundry

4. Radha Krishna Home (from USD 10)

This is an unpretentious homestay offering simple, colourful decor and a picturesque central courtyard - the ones you only see in movies set in colonial India. Radha Krishna Home is set in a 120-year-old building that was renovated to provide modern conveniences.

Guests can live and breathe the authenticity of a traditional Indian house with the extra perks of free WiFi and a hot shower. Travellers on a budget will find this place good value for money.

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Radha Krishna Home

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: D-6/15, Rani Bhawani Gali , Tripura Bhairavi, Dashashwamedh
150 meters (0.1 ft) from Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Laundry Dry cleaning Facilities for disabled guests Family rooms Ironing service

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5. Travelling Troopers Homestay (from USD 21)

Travelling Troopers Homestay offers clean rooms that come with a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom and views over the city or the well-kept garden. Some rooms have a seating area to make the stay extra comfortable. Room service is also available.

The owners can arrange yoga classes, city walks and boat tours upon request should you wish to immerse yourself a little bit more into the culture and history of the city. Guests can also make use of a convenient airport shuttle at a little extra cost.

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Travelling Troopers Homestay

Wifi Available

Address: 20 Kamla Nagar, Behind Sigra Police Station
2.29 km (1.5 mi) from Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Parking Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Free parking

6. Varuna Palace (from USD 25)

Opened in March 2020, Varuna Palace is a homestay with modern furnishings. Located just north of Varanasi, the property is near the Varuna River. Nicely decorated rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, a WiFi connection and air conditioning.

Should you need a car to drive around and visit the surroundings, the property has a car rental service at the guests’ disposal. Other facilities and services available include massages, nail and beauty treatments, yoga classes and cooking lessons.

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Varuna Palace-Fully Vaccinated Staff

Wifi Available

Address: S10/55-k-5, Geeta Nagar Colony, Hukulganj(Trimuhani) (Near Govind Sweet House)
3.2 km (2.0 mi) from Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Parking Room service 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Laundry Dry cleaning

7. Villa Benares (from USD 43)

The friendly owners of Villa Benares host their lucky visitors in extra spacious hotel-like rooms with modern comforts. These include a private bathroom with bidet and shower, a good WiFi connection and air conditioning.

Guests will have the chance to taste authentic Indian cuisine and relax in the elegant lounge. The owners also offer a car rental service should you wish to avoid public transport.

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Villa Benares

Wifi Available

Address: A-52, Harihar Nikunj Gautam Garden Colony, Suddhipur
7.76 km (4.9 mi) from Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Parking Pets allowed Room service Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Laundry

8. Granny's Inn (from USD 23)

Granny’s Inn is run by two women in their sixties, Aruna and her cousin Asha. Aruna inherited the house from her father and decided to open a homestay with her older cousin Asha. For an authentic stay, Aruna and Asha offer lessons on how to cook simple Indian dishes and how to wear a sari.

Guests can enjoy delicious, meat-free home-cooked meals and have access to a shared kitchen. Room options come with a private bathroom, a satellite TV and a WiFi connection. Previous visitors have particularly enjoyed the warm, homely vibe of the inn.

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Granny's Inn

Wifi Available

Address: 47/96 Maksudan Bhawan, Opp PDR Mall Ramapura, Luxa Road, Gowdolia
797 meters (0.5 ft) from Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Parking Newspapers Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Laundry Dry cleaning Free parking Internet services

9. Hotel DS Residency Varanasi (from USD 15)

Hotel DS Residency Varanasi is a homestay that boasts friendly staff and spotless accommodation options. Tastefully decorated rooms feature teakwood furniture and local hand-carved works. Guests will have a private bathroom and a flat-screen TV with accessible satellite channels.

In the morning, don’t miss a rich Asian breakfast offered by the owners. After a filling meal, head to the sun terrace to enjoy some warm, morning rays or across the river to explore the many temples and rituals in Varanasi.

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Hotel DS Residency Varanasi-Fully Vaccinated Staff

Wifi Available

Address: S10/55E-K-4, Geetanagar Colony Chowkaghat, Hukulganj
3.15 km (2.0 mi) from Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Parking Room service Meeting/banquet facilities 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Business centre Laundry

10. Kings Homestay (from USD 16)

Not far from India’s sacred river, this charming property opened its doors in June 2020. Since then, guests have been enjoying a lovely, well-kept flat with a kitchen with red and white cabinetry, a dining area and a comfortable and elegant sitting area.

Upon request, the property can supply its guests with extra bed sheets and towels. Don’t forget about the car rental service available here should you wish to explore the vast area around the city. Sri Sankata Mochan Hanuman Temple is less than 0.6 miles (1 kilometre) from the property.

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Kings Homestay

Address: Shashi Nagar Colony, BHU Trauma centre road Near Bank of India, Nagwa Chungi, Lanka
3.78 km (2.4 mi) from Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Family rooms Pets allowed Free WiFi Shared stationery such as printed menus, magazines, pens, and paper removed Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines On-site parking Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities Physical distancing rules followed

Have an authentic stay in Varanasi

India is on many travellers’ bucket lists as a place to find inner peace and serenity. Varanasi, in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh, oozes spirituality as a sacred Hinduist city. As such, it can offer that life-changing, sensorial experience amongst bursts of colours, pungent smells and mundane sounds that many eager visitors seek. For authentic stays, choose from one of the best homestays in Varanasi, India.

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