the Yogi Lodge: "Sought after place in Varanasi" India Hotel Tip by Maline
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The Yogi lodge, we stayed there for almost a week. It is in the Vishvanath district of Varanasi, very close to the Ghats. We went through a whole lot of trouble getting there (read my Varanasi page), but we found it worth it.
Unique Qualities: The atmosphere is great, full of backpackers, swap-book system, and scrabble in the common room all the time. You easily make friends with other travellers.
The hostel has its own kitchen and even though it isn't cheap compared to other restaurants in the city, the food was really good. They charge it to your room bill and the banana pancakes can earn you a small surprise when it is time to pay the bill.
The staff was very helpful and friendly, even though you did get the feeling that they knew they were running a very cool place, there are common showers and indian toilets and there were both dorms and rooms for rent.
Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: Yogi Logde Varanasi, close to the Vishvanath Post office. Call in advance to book, check you guide book for phone number. Make sure you get the right Yogi Lodge, there are at least two false ones: Ganga Yogi Lodge, and Real Yogi Lodge.
Price: less than US$20
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