Vārānasi travel guide

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You're Going to Love Varanasi

From its over-the-top festivals celebrating Hindu gods and deities to its religious ceremonial ghats to its incredible food, there is nothing subtle about Varanasi. The city is sure to engulf and overwhelm you with its sights and sounds. Visit during the festival of Durga Puja to see the city truly go wild.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Varanasi

When to Visit Varanasi

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The best time to visit is the winter, as temperatures are cooler at just 41°F. From June to September is the monsoon season, while summer temperatures are hot and sticky at around 115°F.

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How to Get to Varanasi

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Where to Stay in Varanasi

As always, the Taj chain provides luxury accommodations in Varanasi at The Gateway. Economical but comfy stays are best found at Diamond Hotel. Budget travelers will enjoy Stops Hostel.

Popular Neighborhoods in Varanasi

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How to Get Around Varanasi

The Cost of Living in Varanasi

Shopping Streets

Local arts, crafts and textiles like handwoven "Benarasi" saris are what Varanasi is famous for. Pick up goodies across the city at spots like Wow India on Assi Ghat Road or Mehrotra Silk Factory on Lal Ghat.

Groceries and Other

A quart of milk costs ₹45 and a dozen eggs will run you around ₹62.

Cheap meal
Cheap meal
S$ 2.14
A pair of jeans
A pair of jeans
S$ 55.07
Single public transport ticket
Single public transport ticket
S$ 0.38
S$ 1.89

Where to Eat in Varanasi

Varanasi is home to many 'Benarasi' or local delicacies that you won't find elsewhere. Don't miss refreshing lassi or 'Chaat', which are spicy and sweet snacks, or a thali from Mona Lisa Cafe for just ₹20.

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