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Hotel Ganges View is situated on the bank of river Ganga at Asi Ghat which is among one of the five major sacred places, Pancha Tirtha, of Kashi or Varanasi. It’s the place where river Asi joins Ganga on her northward flow. The place marks the southern boundary of the holy city and remained the abode of saints and seers, poets and pundits. Saint poet Tulsidasa wrote a part of his celebrated epic, Ramacharitamanas, at this place nearly four hundred years ago.

 

Asi-Sangameshwara is the principal Shaiva shrine and Asi Madhava is the main Vaishnavite deity. However the latter shrine was dislocated over the centuries. Around 1870, Dulhin Radha Dulari Kunwari, a princess of Sursand state of Bihar, settled down at Asi and became engaged in philanthropy. Local pundits suggested her to reconstruct the Asi-Madhava shrine and build the ghat overlooking the Ganga. In order to build the temple, Radha Dulari Kunwari, wife of late Raja Damodar Dev Narain Singh of Chainpur, Bihar, bought the land from Kashiraj Prabhu Narayan Singh in 1903. the temple was constructed over the years in Panchayatana style, the key shrine being dedicated to Vishnu and Laxmi.

 

After the death of Dulhin Ji in 1927 her son-in-law, Kumar Kailash Kinkar Narayan Singh, and her grandson Kumar Keshava Kinkar Narayan Singh, of Muksudpur Tekari state of Bihar emigrated to Varanasi. They were great lovers of music and had interest in art and literature. At the same time, they were known for their warm hospitality. In 1990, the private residence of the Singhs was revamped into the Hotel Ganges View. Since then the Ganges View has become the haunt of scholars, poets, writers, actors, musicians, philosophers, choreographers and painters.

 

From the year 1999 onwards a lecture series was started to re-interpret the culture of the city, its many diverse shades and traditions. It was appropriately termed “Aspects of Banaras” and numerous lectures were delivered related to music and painting, sacred geography and religion, dance and brocading. Workshops and artists camps are also frequently arranged in the hotel to promote local talents. Apart from these ongoing programs there is a permanent display of artifacts in the hotel premises, open for visitors and in house guests.

 

We do not promise to provide you every comfort which you enjoy in your home, but we make every effort to make your stay in our hotel, enjoyable. The timeless sunrise over the sacred river, we hope, will turn your every single day spent with us memorable.


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