DAILY PHOTO: Munshi Ghat, Predawn
Back in the day, it was common for Hindu royalty from all over India to maintain a palace in Varanasi so that they could make their Ganges pilgrimage in style. Some of these palaces have deteriorated in abandonment, others have been sold or donated, and a few are still owned by a trusts connected with the original owners.
One of the most grandiose is the one that once belonged to the Raj Darbhanga–a royal family from the Bihar area. The Darbhanga Palace was purchased by Clarks Hotel Group with the intention of putting in a luxury hotel.