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Varanasi

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Mid-range
Varanasi is well connected by train and bus, with multiple of each heading in every direction daily. The trains and buses are dirty and overcrowded by Western standards.
===By train===
Trains are the easiest way to reach Varanasi, with multiple daily services to cities including [[Delhi]], [[Agra]], [[Lucknow]], [[Mumbai]] and [[Kolkata]].
!You may alight at
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|[http://www.indianrail.gov.in/inet_trn_num.html 242412424]
|Rajdhani Express
|New [[Delhi]]
|Mughal Sarai Junction
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|[http://www.indianrail.gov.in/inet_trn_num.html 243612436]
|Rajdhani Express
|New [[Delhi]], [[Lucknow]]
|Varanasi Junction
|-
|[http://www.indianrail.gov.in/inet_trn_num.html 256012560]
|Shivganga Express
|New [[Delhi]]
|Varanasi Junction
|-
|[http://www.indianrail.gov.in/inet_trn_num.html 216512165]
|Lokmanya Tilak (T) - Varanasi Express
|Lokmanya Tilak Terminus ([[Mumbai]])
|Varanasi Junction
|-
|[http://www.indianrail.gov.in/inet_trn_num.html 233612336]
|Lokmanya Tilak (T) - Bhagalpur Express
|Lokmanya Tilak Terminus ([[Mumbai]])
|Mughal Sarai Junction
|-
|[http://www.indianrail.gov.in/inet_trn_num.html 233312333]
|Vibhuti Express
|Howrah ([[Kolkata]])
|Mughal Sarai Junction, Varanasi Junction
|-
|[http://www.indianrail.gov.in/inet_trn_num.html 230712307]
|Howrah-Jodhpur Express
|Howrah ([[Kolkata]])
|Mughal Sarai Junction
|-
|[http://www.indianrail.gov.in/inet_trn_num.html 266912669]
|Ganga Kaveri Express
|[[Chennai]] Central
|Varanasi Junction
|-
|[http://www.indianrail.gov.in/inet_trn_num.html 229512295]
|Sangamitra Express
|[[Bangalore]] City, [[Chennai]] Central
|Mughal Sarai Junction
|-
|[http://www.indianrail.gov.in/inet_trn_num.html 709117091]
|Secunderabad-Patna Express
|Secunderabad ([[Hyderabad]])
|Mughal Sarai Junction, Varanasi Junction
|-
|[http://www.indianrail.gov.in/inet_trn_num.html 485414854]
|Marudhar Express
|[[Jaipur]], [[Agra]] Fort
|Varanasi Junction
|-
|[http://www.indianrail.gov.in/inet_trn_num.html 486414864]
|Marudhar Express
|[[Jaipur]], [[Agra]] Fort
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. [http://www.air-viva.com air viva] operates direct flights between Varanasi and the Nepalese capitol [[Kathmandu]].
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 400600-500 700 (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.
==Get around==
'''By car''' There are many car rental companies available.
 
* <listing name="Sankrit Taxi services" alt="Varanasi Car Rental or Taxi" address="Near Goverment Tourist Office" directions="Opp. Railway station" phone="+91 964 800 0010" url="http://www.travelagencyinvaranasi.com/getting-around.html" hours="Call us 24 hrs X 7" price="Fares starting from 700 for within city and Rs.7/km for outstation" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="+91 524 2200201">Sarnath Tour(4 hrs) - INR 800 / 4 Temples Tour(4 hrs) - INR 700, Bodhgaya(Same day Tour) - INR 5000/ Allahabad(Same day Tour) - INR 2800
</listing>
* <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>
* <do name="Sanjeevani Booti" alt="संजीवनी बूटी" address="Assi Ghat" directions="" phone="" email="[email protected]" fax="" hours="" price="" url="http://www.booti.org"> A sexual health, drug, and HIV education NGO. There is always demand for foreigners to visit because there is always work related to public health education to be done. A great volunteer opportunity.</do>
* <do name="'''Punarnava Health'''" alt="address= dumraon bag colony" address=",Assi" directions="behind dumraon bag colony park" phone="+91 9453109313; ask for Contact- Dr.Pramod Kumar." url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" dumraon="Dumraon" bag="bag" direction="near Assi" email="[email protected]"> Ayurvedic treatment, Ayurvedic massage, Shirodhara, steam bath, leech therapy, health package, Panchkarma, etc. Learn Ayurvedic food habits, daily routine. '''Basics of Ayurveda course, massage therapy course.'''</do>
* '''Yoga''' is also popular, and the same rules apply.
*<eat name="CHINTU" alt="" address="POSTOFFICE" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">DARI VIKRETA</eat>
===Benarasi solVentsi Delicacies===
*'''Shiv Lassi Bhandar''': (near the main gate of RamNagar Fort) Lassi with layers of Malai and Rabri. Superb Stuff.
Another excellent place for rabri & malai is Atul's shop (6-12 pm), another hole-in-the wall shop on the alley that starts beside the Bank of Baroda ATM on Dasaswamedh ghat ; just ask anybody for Atul Bhaiyyas shop once you enter the alley.
*'''Madhur Jalpan''':The best place for laddoos and other famous sweet delicacies is 'Madhur Jalpan', a shop that has been frequented by more than two prime ministers of India! Madhur Jalpan is on Baradev - next to the Kainiya Chitra Mandir(now Spice KCM). Again, on a small alleyway, but the sweets are to die for.
===Budget===
*<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.
*'''Brown Bread Bakery''', near Meer ghat, 09838888823. Is a good bakery run by a German baker in Varanasi, be wary of the Indian run bakery on the opposite side of the road who claims charity but is just fake. Breads and pastries made from organically grown ingredients. Also a nice range of cheeses. The restaurant has a large menu including Continental, Italian, German and Indian classics, has a great rooftop and offers a breakfast buffet from 7 to 12. Quality is mostly pretty good and a part of the proceeds supports the Learn For Life society which operates a free school for disadvantaged children in Aurangabad, Varanasi. www.brownbreadbakery.com; www.learn-for-life.net
* '''Bread of Life Bakery''', Shivala Road, (''a few hundred metres north of Assi Ghat''), ''+91'' 542 227 5012. Good baked goods, but also a full restaurant with okay breakfasts including "American" pancakes and canned-OJ (freshly-squeezed no longer). Used to be very popular but the quality is now questionable.  I would not recommend this at all. Set up by an American James Hetherington who claimed to be a businessman ; it was actually a front for his Christian missionary activities. He hails from Kansas, Missouri and Bread of Life Bakery originated there www.breadoflifebakery.net/
* '''Zaika''' restaurant - in Shivala, opposite Hotel Broadway. Good Indian / Chinese dishes; try the sweet-corn-pakoras.
*<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>
 
*<sleep name="2 BR Homestay" alt="" address="Varanasi" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.travelmob.com/varanasi-vacation-rentals-bed-and-breakfast/varanasi-friendly-homestay-22448294039?page=4&query=India" checkin="2:00 pm " checkout="12:00 pm (noon) " price="" lat="" long="">The property is a two bedroom homestay located in the heart of Varanasi.Facilities include Air conditioning, Cable TV, internet and washing machine. The hosts stay on the property and are accessible.</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="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 2500 - 4000" 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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