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Omless in Benares? Not anymore. Seek out The Yoga House, with views of the Ganga river and walls painted the same unmistakable blue as those of the Bandra café- center you know and love. 

At this two-week old hotel you’ll find six rooms of which three are air conditioned; a menu that offers healthy food similar to the Mumbai café (hello Travelling Yogi Tartines!); and a center featuring classes with visiting yoga teachers from all over the world. There’s even one from Peru.   

Omless in Benares? Not anymore.

When in Benares, you can either sign up to stay here or just take a class, and if you opt for their special packages, you can also have guides that take you around the city, with planned visits to Sarnath, local temples, sari shops, and for evening aarti on the Ganga. 

In fact, they’re planning a retreat from November 24-27, with a Rs 25,000 package that lets you stay for three nights, practice yoga and visit city sights. For now, just breathe inn. 

PS: If you do go, also check out our Benares postcard for where to eat and shop, courtesy the film crew of Masaan.

Getting there: The Yoga House Varanasi, no 1/C Nagwa, North of Ravidas Park, call 070503 57771, Rs 2,400 per night for an AC room. You can make reservations via The Yoga House reception at the Bandra branch, or find them on 

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