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Varanasi

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Trains are the easiest way to reach Varanasi, with multiple daily services to cities including [[Delhi]], [[Agra]], [[Lucknow]], [[Mumbai]] and [[Kolkata]].
Varanasi is served by two major railway stations. Many trains arrive at '''Varanasi Junction (IR station code : BSB)''' in the heart of the city, and many others arrive at '''Mughal Sarai Junction (IR station code : MGS)''', about 15 km east of the city (Rs 20, 45 min in a rickshaw). If travelling to/from '''Agra/Tundla''', Mughal Sarai is a more convenient station.
Here is a list of useful trains to reach Varanasi:
 
You may check informations about about train / flight with www.indiatajmahaltour.com. A company which offers daily trip to taj mahal from Delhi
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There are buses run by state government from Lucknow (8hrs), Kanpur (9hrs - Rs. 195) and Allahabad(3hrs - Rs. 88)
 
Bus tickets can also be bought online via [http://www.pombai.com Pombai].
===By plane===
'''Varanasi Airport''' ({{IATA|VNS}}) is about 25km from the city center. Indian Airlines [http://indian-airlines.nic.in/], Jet Airways/JetLite [http://www.jetairways.com/], Kingfisher [http://www.flykingfisher.com/] and SpiceJet [http://www.spicejet.com/] all have daily flights to [[Delhi]] and there are daily flights to [[Mumbai]] on JetLite ,Indian Airlines and SpiceJet.
Allow plenty of time to get to the airport, it can take an hour or more depending on traffic. A taxi (from the pre-paid stand just outside the terminal) should run around Rs 400-500 (plus Rs40 parking toll) or about Rs 125 in an auto-rickshaw, but most drivers will want to charge double since they will likely be coming back empty. If it suits your schedule there is a daily bus at 10AM that leaves from Hotel India and costs Rs 50.
'''By car''' There are many car rental companies available.
 
* <listing name="taxiGUIDE.in" alt="Varanasi Car Rental" address="" directions="" phone="+91 888 023 4455" url="http://www.taxiguide.in/TourPackages/Varanasi_Car_Rental.aspx" hours="Inquiry: 7am to 11pm" price="Fares starting Rs.1222 for within city and Rs.9.5/km for outstation" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax=""></listing>
 
* <listing name="Clear Car Rental Pvt Ltd" alt="Varanasi Car Rental" address="" directions="" phone="+91 888 885 5220" url="http://www.clearcarrental.com/varanasi"></listing>
 
* '''"Bikes on Rent"''' is one of its type services being offered first time in Varanasi by '''"Oza Travels n Bike Rentals"'''. It is exclusively available for tourists only. Their range of bikes include Pulsar, Apache, Discover, Platina, and Royal Enfield also.
For availing this service, you can contact through phone on 91-95803 60440 or email at http://mailto:[email protected]
==See==
* '''Benares Hindu University''' [http://www.bhu.ac.in] offers a wide range of classes on topics related to classical Indian studies in English.
 
*''''''Super Lingua Solution'''''' a translation company based in Varansi, (Shop No. 17, ABC Tower, Sigra, Varanasi) may help you to bridge the gap of language. You can contact Rajesh Kumar Ojha-95803 60440, [email protected] for any kind of help.
==Buy==
Varanasi is famous for its fine '''silk''' - it's on offer everywhere, but shop around and [[haggle|bargain hard]]!
 
If you are buying silk scarves, make sure you ask if it is a real silk scarves or fake one. Fake one is cheaper, and you should be able to purchase it for about 50 to 75 rupees, be prepared to hear the prices for 200 rupees for a fake one!! The real silk scarves can be bargain down to about 150 rupees or sometimes 100 rupees. Be prepared to hear 650 rupees as asking price!!
* <buy name="Mehrotra Silk Factory" alt="" address="K 4-8A, Lal Ghat, Raj Mandir" directions="near Brahma Ghat, follow the multiple yellow signs" phone="(0091)542 2435892" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""> Government Approved. Has set, reasonable prices and a good selection of handwoven pure silk Sarees, dress materials, bedcovers and hot chocolate and other silk materials.</buy>
You enter Bengali Tola Lane on the way to Dasaswamedh Ghat. Turn at the Bank of Baroda ATM. There is another perfume shop on the corner before Sri Guru Perfumers, so be aware. </buy>
 
==Eat==
===Budget===
 
*'''Karki's Restaurant''' If you're in''' Assi Ghat''' this place is a great oasis with a rooftop restaurant that serves cheap but great quality Nepalese & Italian food among others. Highly recommended are the Nepalese Thali and Fresh Basil Pesto Pasta (only Sat & Sun). It's on the main road down to Assi Ghat on the left, look for the green roof as it's upstairs and has a small entrance. Say hi to Karki and his gorgeous daughter who loves to poke faces at guests.
*'''Bufffalo's Restaurant'''(near Kedar Ghat Post Office)Newly opened restaurant. Every Sunday they have a chess tournament and jamming sessions on Thursday. Great Thali.
*<eat name="99 Not Out - Veg Cafe" alt="" address="6 Kashiraj Apartment, Kamachha" directions="Rly Stn - BHU main road near Rathyatra " phone="0091-9415226752" url="http://www.99notout.in" hours="12.00 Noon to 10.30 PM" price="" lat="" long="">Extremely neat & clean place serving pure veg burgers, pizza, pasta, chowmein, hot dog etc. A wide range of thick shakes and exclusive cold drinks alongwith full range of Ice Creams.</eat>
Classic cafe, perfect space for chinese and indian fusion snacks,Good place for group gathering.
==Drink==
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*'''Alcohol''' is available at a few restaurants and hotels, such as the Radisson and Taj. There are several wine shops in the old city but they don't offer any sitting arrangement. You can buy whatever you want and bring it to your hotel room.
 
*<sleep name="Azure Paying Guest House" alt="" address="Plot number 30, Vijayanagaram Colony Bhelupur, Varanasi , Near Bhelupur Water Tank and Coffee House " directions="" phone="05422276015" url="www.azureguesthouse.com" checkin="12pm" checkout="11am" price="400" lat="600" long="">Azure Paying Guest house is located very central of the town of Varanasi and is about 10 mins of walk from the river and the city center. The house has two double rooms with attach bathroom, two double rooms with shared bathroom and one dormitory with shared bathrooms . Bathrooms have western loos ( wc), wc with needed amenities like free wifi , common sitting area , balcony and place to lounge in. The large rooftop area provides a great advantage to hang around and even practice yoga or chill out. The house also have a family kitchen where you can enjoy the taste of Indian cuisine with various types of delicious foods like Pakoda , Thalis, Chai etc. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is available on order. The area where the guest house is located is very quiet and have green atmosphere so that you can relax and enjoy your time . Room’s rent starts from rupees 400 upto rupees 600. Come and experience the difference </sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Mangla Paying guest House" alt="" address="D. 32/124, Pataleshwar, Varanasi" directions="" phone="+91 05422451205" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="500" lat="" long="">A new guest house tucked into the alley way near Shanti Restaurant in Bengali Tola near Chowsatti Ghat (which is few meters from Dashashwamedh Ghat). Amit Mitra is the owner. The room is spacious and has strong fan. The toilet is clean and spacious. It is a better option than Peace Guest house or Shiva Guest house which is near by. Hot shower is on and off sometimes, you can ask the owner make sure the hot shower is working. Also Wifi is free. The guest house is still under renovation in the time of writing. room range from 500 rupees (fan) to 850 rupees (with AC). email: [email protected] phone: +91 05422451205, mobile: +91 9452196366</sleep>
===Budget===
* <sleep name="Hotel Ganges" alt="" address="Between Gadaulia and Dashashwamedh Ghat, on the left" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="Noon" price="Rooms between Rs. 500 to Rs.2000 per night." lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The Hotel Ganges is situated very close to the Vishwanath Temple lane. The washrooms are clean, and A/C rooms are available. Stay here if you want to stay in the midst of things in Benaras. </sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Vishnu Rest House" alt="" address="Pandey Ghat" directions="" phone="+919936438706" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A hotel spanned over 200 year old Vishnu temple. A very clean and friendly guest house over looking the river, some rooms with views. You will often find classical music programs and puja held during morning and evening time. The rooms are with power backup and hot water. </sleep>
* <sleep name="Hotel River View" alt="" address="a couple ghats north of Panchganga Ghat" directions="Walk north from Dasaswamedh Ghat for about 15 minutes, and follow the numerous blue and white painted signs that begin to appear" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rs 100 - 250" lat="" long="" email=""></sleep>
*<sleep name="Maa Vaishno Guest House" alt="माँ वैशो गेस्ट हाउस" email="[email protected]" address="B 5/188" directions="Shivala Ghat" phone="+91 938 917 8569,0542-2277013,89609201209389178569"url="" checkin="24hr" checkout="12-noon" price="Rs 200 - 500" lat="" long=""> Family run guesthouse situated two minutes from the Shivala Ghat. A very short walking distance to the burning ghats but far enough away to avoid smoke and smell. 10 clean rooms, all with attached bathroom with running hot and cold shower and view of the Ganga. Roof top restaurant, sunrise & sun set from roof & room. Broadband internet (paid), pick up services. laundry, train, bus and air ticket arrangement and other travel services available. Pickup services.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Maruti Guest House" alt="मारुती गेस्ट हाउस" address="Sahodarbir (near Assi Ghat)" directions="" phone="231.2261" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rs 50 - 400" url="http://www.marutiguesthouse.com"> Friendly family run guest house with clean well lit rooms. There is a roof top garden and restaurant where fresh home made food is served. Power backup for the rooms and hot showers are available as well as broadband Internet access. The owner of the guest house, Dr. V.N. Tripathi, gives Yoga and meditation lessons upon request.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Shiva Kashi Guest House" alt="" address="D22/4 Chausatti Ghat" directions="very near Sita G H" phone="+91 923 551 2294" url="http://www.shivakashiguesthousevaranasi2gmail.com" checkin="" checkout="12.00 noon" price="Rs 250 2500 - 4004000" lat="" long="">Very clean, well-decorated, quiet guest house. Pleasant and helpful staff. Rooms have windows, are light and airy. Some have great balconies. Hot water morning and evening. Western toilets. Great value.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Monu Family Paying Guest House" alt="" address="D8/4 Kalika Gali, Varanasi" directions="Near Golden Temple" phone="+91 542 240 0908" url="http://www.monuguesthouse.com" checkin="13:00" checkout="11:00" price="Rs 400 500 - 9001200" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]">Rooms are available with attach bathroom, western loo, hot and cold shower and free wifi internet access. Music, cookery and language courses are available in house.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Radiant YMCA Tourist Hostel" alt="वायएमसीए हॉस्टल" address=Sampoornanand Nagar, Sigra, Varanasi 221010"" directions="" phone="0542-2224951,2223831" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rs 315 - 1895">Rooms with Air-Conditioner and Hotwater and 24 hour Restaurant available. The facilities include inhouse Laundry, Doctor(on call), Full Travels & Sightseeing faciliy, Acceptability of Credit Cards, Generator Backup, Parking, Internet.</sleep>
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