A cosy family run bed & breakfast - 10 min walk from the main Kashi Vishwanath temple & Dashaswamedh Ghat (Ganges).
We are a cosy homestay nestled in the heart of the chaos and divinity of Varanasi - amongst the oldest living cities in the world. The grannies love to look after their guests, feed them well and give them tips to navigate Varanasi. Granny's Inn is a small window to warm Indian hospitality and a soft landing to the holy mess of Banaras! The grannies make delicious home cooked food with the help of their man Friday - Kashi. The inn is being managed & marketed by Cinnamon Stays - the No. 1 bed & breakfast of Gurgaon and amongst the top 25 B&B’s in India (as per Tripadvisor )
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When Varansi became the city of love..
Arthit and Sarah from Thailand decided to tie the knot in the holy city. Join the Grannies in wishing them a happy married life! ❤️
The story about the artisans behind Scrapshala! Read on to know the hands that labour in creating the beautiful up cycled products you see at Granny's Inn these days..
Happy Dussehra everyone . Here's a story about the modern Ramleela and its origin. #GrannyTimes says the Varanasi Ramleela is 475 yrs old!
The Chitrakoot ground in Varanasi is where the earliest known Ramleela is believed to have started some 475 years ago. Tulsidas was more than 80 years old when he composed the Ramcharitmanas in Awadhi in the 16th century. Varanasi is the birthplace of the modern Ramleela.
Chitrakoot Ramleela has not stopped since then. Not after the demolition of Babri Masjid or in the wake of the Mandal Commission agitation.
The Banarasi Ramleela was started by Megha Bhagat, a friend and disciple of Tulsidas. It follows the Jhanki style of performance in which each episode lasts a few minutes. “It is not a Ramleela that entertains, but enlightens”.
The Ramleela is promenade theatre, where the actors move from one place to another by foot or chariot. On Bharat Manawan, when Bharat and Shatrughan come to Chitrakoot to plead Ram to return, the action stretches across a kilometre.
On Vijaya Dashami, thousands gather to watch and play as the pushpak viman races around and mock-charges at the crowd. The greatest show is Bharat Milap, so famous that it inspired paintings during the colonial era and continues to draw enough crowds to shut down that corner of the city.
The Chitrakoot Ramleela is also a play outside a play, with fixed roles assigned to different communities. The swaroop are always Brahmin, vegetarian and students of the Vedas. Families have been participating in the Ramleela for five or six generations. It also symbolically accommodates the other great religion of the land. A Muslim man is in charge of the fireworks that are lit every evening around the swaroop. (Source : Indian Express)
The Granny Times is abuzz with stories .. Beginning today we will strive to bring you stories from senior citizens, seniorprenuers and about the elderly who take pride in all that they do!
Watch this 80 year old flight attendant who refuses to retire... She is the oldest flying attendant and is a celebrity of sorts..yet again age is just a number ☺️
At the inn tomorrow, we are having a Kitli Conversations - Varanasi
Kitli ( ketli hind waali) Conversation is a NO-AGENDA meet-up, conceptualised with the aim to foster conversations, giving everyone an opportunity to inspire others through stories.
At Kitli, you exchange stories and ideas, not business cards.
If you wish to attend, please register yourself here:
( although I suspect it's ALL SOLD OUT)
This is an invite-only event, to be attended by not more than 30 attendees at a time. Organised by Shruti Chaturvedi and Artika Shah Shikha Shah Avinav Peshwani Shilpi Singh Manisha Panwar
Last night we introduced you to Niranjan who is the newest entry to the Granny's Inn family. Do read more about him and his cosy homestay (In the cosmopolitan locality of Indiranagar, Bengaluru-now open for bookings) in our new blog post
Welcome Niranjan Acharya to our world. Let's create more magic!
And look who has joined the Granny’s Inn family! It’s Grandpa
'Niranjan Acharya' from Bangalore!
The 71 yr young Niranjan has collaborated with the Grannies and has a beautiful room to share in his cosy and spacious apartment in the bustling area of Indira Nagar, Bengaluru.
An IIM A alumnus, ex-Brooke Bond and HUL marketer, Niranjan loves Indian music, ancient history, archaeology and spending quality time with friends. On being asked why he joined the Grannies, he says - "Since I live alone, I am looking forward to some new and interesting people interaction. Secondly I am keen to support some poor children’s education hoping the net revenue will make that difference."
If you are traveling to Bangalore and need a home, please do try Niranjan’s. He promises you not just comfort but oodles of warmth and his inspiring company that is hard to resist!
We can’t sign off before thanking two people - Reshma Bachwani-Paritosh our dear friend who helped us connect with Niranjan and Niranjan - for believing and trusting in us!
HAppy Onam everyone! Who is cooking what today? We plan to attempt the payasam!