Hotel Alka

D. 3/23, Meer Ghat, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, 221005, India | Hotel
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Travel Blogs from Varanasi

Ride down the Ganga

A travel blog entry by outbounders



Alex and I arrived in Varanasi after a taxing 24 hour commute; it begun with a uncomfortable bus ride through rural Nepal, a private taxi across the India border, then finally a 9 hour train ride in sleeper class, a deceiving name as it just above general class! The corners of our compartment were covered in red tobacco spit and …

The Oldest City on Earth

A travel blog entry by steve_julie


Last night was tough for Steve. He tossed in clammy shivers as a low fever introduced itself to his head cold. We're "up" at 5:30 for a 6:00 AM cab to the airport. Steve pops a couple of daytime cold pills and hopes for the best. John the proprietor has prepared us a boxed breakfast consisting of a hard boiled egg, a sandwich made with, if we are …

Varanasi - holy city

A travel blog entry by coma-weltreise


Da wir spät angekommen waren (3 Uhr früh), wurde es eine kurze Nacht. Denn wir hatten uns mit unserem franco-spanischen Pärchen von Khajuraho um 9.30 Uhr bei unserem Hotel in Varanasi verabredet. Und ja, abgemacht ist abgemacht, somit standen wir um diese Zeit beim Eingang.

Amaia und Victor hatten ein bisschen Mühe im Gassengewirr von Old …

Varanasi - Holy Hell

A travel blog entry by beckyandboggy


Varanasi – Burning Hell

We got on a pretty decent train to Varanasi and in honesty i was more than a little apprehensive about what was in store. Some have loved in and drank in all it had to offer and others have hated every minute. Unsure as to which i would be a pinch os salt was needed. We arrived and were instantly conned into …

Varanasi: The Terrorist Bombing

A travel blog entry by miller-stone


We went out on the afternoon of December 07 with the explicit purpose of visiting two venues. The first was the performance of marginalized artists that involved fundraising for victims of human trafficking (the sex trade); this is a daily performance that takes place under the rubric of "Pearls of Love" on Munshi Ghat. The second, followed at the …

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This hotel, located on D. 3/23, Meer Ghat, Varanasi, is near Dasaswamedh Ghat, Banaras Ghats, Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath), and Manikarnika Ghat.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Alka Varanasi

    Reviewed by beckyandboggy

    Great location

    Reviewed May 24, 2013
    by (7 reviews) Manchester , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    Hotel Alka had been recommended to us by some other travellers and from that book. The room was clean and quite big. Decent sized bathroom with good shower and the air con was a plus and needed in 48 degrees! The staff were really helpful and provided help with laundry, tours and train tickets without ripping us off and offered free advice on attractions you could walk to. The restaurant was good for breakfast and other meals were just ok. If you can't get in here go next door.

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    Reviewed by dreamchasers

    Good Hotel, Great Service, Excellent Location

    Reviewed Apr 13, 2013
    by (23 reviews) Regina , Canada Flag of Canada

    Varanasi is overwhelming, as any traveller or travel guide will confirm, so the excellent guidance provided at this hotel was very much appreciated. Although all of the hotel staff were commendable, it is the hotel's guide, Mannu, who made our stay in Varanasi so enjoyable. After a nine hour train journey getting there, followed by a half kilometre walk carrying our heavy luggage just to get to the hotel, we were exhausted and had no idea how to take on this city of extremes. But then Mannu introduced himself, and immediately sensed our need, first, for rest.

    He returned early the next day, however, with his warm welcome and itineraries that allowed us flexibility, but also included his personally guided driving and walking day tour, which gave us broader insights into the ancient and modern cultures of Varanasi than we could ever have had on our own. Mannu is a man who loves his work, and it comes across in his passionate delivery. When we were leaving Varanasi a few days later Mannu also took care off all transport arrangements to pick up our next train when we were leaving, including arranging for porters to carry our substantial luggage to the vehicle, the ride to the train station, and assistance carrying luggage right to the train, as I had fallen ill the day before leaving and was barely able to carry myself, let alone any luggage.

    The hotel is situated between two of the busiest ghats in Varanasi, walking distance to each, but far enough away to have a peaceful sleep. The rooms in this budget hotel can accommodate all budget ranges, but we felt it worthwhile to select one of the higher priced rooms on the top floor with a balcony view, facing the river. From it, you could watch life on the river and see the entire shoreline of Varanasi. This same view was also available from the hotel restaurant, which we ate at many times.

    We definitely recommend this hotel if you are looking for a good budget hotel with great service situated on the banks of the Ganges River, in the heart of ancient Varanasi. Be aware, however, that whatever hotel you choose on the banks of the Ganges, you will need to have some form of guide assist you in locating your hotel, as all of them require wandering through a maze a very narrow streets that tuks and taxis cannot navigate.

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    TripAdvisor Reviews Hotel Alka Varanasi

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