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“Very hospitable stay”
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Aashray
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Miami, Florida
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
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“Very hospitable stay”
Reviewed 25 May 2014

It felt like we were visiting our Ma and Pa, literally! Ma cooked delicious meals and the conversations were plenty! highly recommend esp if you're a lone traveller since they really take care of you!

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Thank TriniCarol
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Aashray-Homestay, Owner at Aashray, responded to this review, 13 June 2014
Thankyou!
It was indeed a pleasure to have you.
Look forward to having you again with us.

Regards
Kamal Kapur
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Roma
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

Kapur family will treat you like a real king. Their house is on a side street so you won't suffer the chaotic noise of Varanasi. Not on the ghat (but this is clear from the description) so you will need a tuktuk to get there. Breakfast was wonderful and delicious. Morning trip on the boat simply magic. Room is clean and over the average Indian standards. Air conditioning a little bit noisy and should be changed. We had a great stay at Aashray

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Aashray-Homestay, Owner at Aashray, responded to this review, 13 June 2014
Thankyou!
It was indeed a pleasure to have you.
We took note on your feedback on the AC and have changed it. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Look forward to having you again with us.

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Kamal Kapur
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

Our family of four ( 2 parents, 15 & 18 year old teens) had a wonderful time at the Aashray Home Stay while in Varanasi. This a quiet tranquil space in to relax and really feel at home. We really felt like we were visiting family in India, which was so much nicer than feeling like tourists. The breakfasts and dinner (dinner is extra cost) were delicious. Mrs. Kapur is an incredible cook, and even shared a recipe with me. Mr. Kapur is very knowledgable about the history and politics of India, and it was lovely to chat with them both at meals. The rooms were nice. It's a very different experience from a regular hotel, and will greatly enhance your visit to India.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Aashray-Homestay, Owner at Aashray, responded to this review, 13 June 2014
Thankyou!
It was indeed a pleasure to have you.
Look forward to having you again with us.

Regards
Kamal Kapur
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Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
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Reviewed 25 March 2014

There are many compliments written here to Mr. and Mrs. Kapur for their excellent service. I will not repeat many of the ideas voiced before, but I will only emphasize a few things. If you want to spend your time in the holy city of Varanasi discovering true Indian culture, this is your place. Immerse into the lovely care of the Kapur family and they will answer whatever question you may have about their culture, history, religion, traditions and etc. You may not get into the same depth with the other guides you fetch somewhere in the street, who have just simply memorized by heart something they read somewhere and retell you bluntly as dry facts. Mr. Kapur will guide you personally along the Ganges river and Mrs. Kapur will warm your heart with motherly care and wonderful vegetarian food. We have not had a better and more wholesome breakfasts anywhere else in India as here. Book early! They only have got two rooms. The location is perfect too. Not in the bustling old town, but near enough to reach the river on foot.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Aashray-Homestay, Owner at Aashray, responded to this review, 13 June 2014
Thankyou!
It was indeed a pleasure to have you.

Your warm and kind words are truly appreciated.

Regards
Kamal Kapur
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Amsterdam
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

We, my parents and me, had a wonderful stay with Mister and Mrs Kapur. They are taking care in every detail and absolutely a beautiful example of Indian hospitality. Everything can be arranged (tours, food, taxi). We were lucky that Mister Kapur was our guide on the morning boat excursion. His knowledge about the city and Indian culture was adding great value to the trip and our stay in general. In total we stayed 4 nights and were also lucky to enjoy the love and excellent food of Mrs Kapur. She is a beautiful example of the abundant energy a mother can have for her 'children'. Our stay in their home was making our experience in Varanasi very beautiful.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Surrey
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Reviewed 6 March 2014 via mobile

India has shown itself to be a land of hospitality, band our hosts at Aashray Homestay are shining examples of this. Our plane had been delayed almost thee hours and we arrived later in the evening, tired and hungry. No problem. They had a warm dinner ready for us. The next morning we enjoyed a delicious breakfast while chatting with our hostess. What a wonderful person she is. Warm smiling gracious...
Later that evening, our host joined us over dinner. Such an interesting man. Be sure to ask him about the Governor's Award displayed there. My wife and I were disappointed that we only had a two days stay there. The conversations, food, hospitality, and 'good peopleness' of our hosts still remains with us as one of the highlights of our trip.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Miami, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2014

We were a group of 3 women and ma and pa made our stay so welcoming and at home! This was exactly what we were looking for....we experienced true Indian hospitality and customs. Ma helped us dress in saris and her cooking was out of this world! Pa had extensive knowledge of history and places to see. He can arrange tours for u with his trusted and gentle driver Capel. The room was nice and cozy. I would highly recommend staying there instead of the fancy hotels to get the true Indian experience!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Aashray
Address: 10 Gangapuri | Near Laxmi Cinema, Mehmoorganj, Varanasi 221010, India
Region: India > Uttar Pradesh > Varanasi District > Varanasi
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 216 Speciality Lodging in Varanasi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aashray is in the heart of city, yet away from crowd. It's in a colony, but the main road linking the entire city is less than 100 meters away. Railway or bus station, temples, Ghats, shopping centers, mall, craft centers, restaurants, boats, hospitals and eatables, are all available within the radius of three kilometers of the house. Your Hosts: The Kapurs, are mixture of traditional and modern values. Mr Kapur, although a chartered accountant by profession is an avid reader of Hindi literature and devotes a lot of his time in keeping alive the beautiful culture of Varanasi. Mrs Kapur, with a graduation in Indian Classical music, is known more for her warmth and the magic she creates with the Indian veggies (you might almost forget your meats and fish for a while)! They have not forgotten their traditional customs and values but at the same time modern customs and values have been accepted whole-heartedly. Thanks to their interest in Yoga, history of India, local culture and traditions, they are able to share a lot and invite you to be a part of their lives for the moments that you are with them! ... more   less 
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