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==Understand==
'''Varanasi''' [http://www.varanasi.nic.in], once known as '''Benares''' or '''Banaras''' and '''Kashi''', is a historical city in northern [[India]]. The city is sacred to Hindus and also one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. In many ways Varanasi epitomizes the very best and worst aspects of India, and it can be a little overwhelming. However, the scene of pilgrims doing their devotions in the River Ganges at sunrise set against the backdrop of the centuries old temples is probably one of the most impressive sights in the world. Some people believe that Varanasi is a must see destination on any trip to northern India. Others do not find it particularly interesting to see Hindus bathing themselves in the Ganges, and are turned off by the feces that floods the Ganges and covers the alleys of Varanasi.
The city can be scorchingly hot in the summer months so, if possible, time your visit to fall between October and March, and bring something warm to wear for chilly days and nights, instead.
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]].
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===
'''By foot''' is the only way to see the waterfront and the ghats but be ready to be hot, sweaty, and lost - locals are usually happy to point you in the right direction. The names of ghats and signs pointing to restaurants and hotels are often painted on the walls in Roman letters. For better orientation, walk into any book store and pick up a small guide/map book that will have the list of all the ghats and their historical background.
 
'''Walking Tours'''
 
* <listing name="Heritage Walk Tour" alt="Varanasi Walking Tours or Green tourism" address="Near Goverment Tourist Office" directions="Opp. Railway station" phone="+91 964 800 0010" url="http://www.travelagencyinvaranasi.com" hours="Call us 24 hrs X 7" price="Tours starting from INR 1500 p.p"lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="+91 524 2200201"></listing>
 
'''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==
* '''Gauri Matha Temple''' - The devi at this temple is supposed to be the sister of the lord Kashi Vishwanath. Its a tradition to visit her just before you leave Kashi. You buy sea shells at this place and offer them to the God saying that the virtues of donating the shells goes to her while you keep the virtues of having visited the holy shrines in Kashi and bathing in the ganges. The trip to Kashi is expected to yield results only after completing this custom.
 
* '''Sankat Mochan Temple''' - The famous Hanuman temple, the home for thousands of monkeys. Securiy is tight, mobiles, keys etc. are not allowed inside the temple; and as you enter you will be greeted by thousands of monkeys swinging here and there. Beware because they may snatch away if they see you carrying plastics or food packets. Inside the temple you will find huge stacks of hanuman chalisa kept on one side for the ease of devotees.
===Ghats===
*<eat name="New Bread of Life Bakery" alt="Bread, Cakes and Brownies in Varanasi" address="Main Road, Parallel to Shivala Ghat" directions="Just past the junction at Shivala Ghat, on your left/hand side heading towards Assi Ghat" phone="09415818188" url="" hours="7am-10pm" price="" lat="" long="">The most amazing Chocolate brownies and Apple pies! Plus good homemade brown bread. Wonderful chocolate chip cookies ; pack of six three for 60 Rupees, or one for just 25 Rupees.</eat>
===Budget===
* '''Moti Mahal Delux''' restaurant - in Sigra, 3rd Floor, IP Mall, in the heart of the city. +91-542-2220555. One of the best Indian and mughlai restaurant in the city with a unique fine dining experience. Also provides free delivery of your meal at any location in the city. Also serves authentic chinese and continental.
* '''Radiant''' Restaurant - at 28A, Sampoornanand Nagar, Sigra, Varanasi 221010, Phones:0542-2223831,2224951,6457808 may be the only 24 hours vegetarian restaurant which serves Indian Homely food apart from Continental Vegetarian dishes and Chinese vegetarian dishes. A place to get healthy and law calorie food.Also provides free delivery of your meal at any location in the city.
====Middle-Eastern Food====
*<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="400600-1000" 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 600(500 after a bit of bargaining) up to rupees 6001000. 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 Room ranges 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>
 
*<sleep name="Eden Halt paying guest house" alt="[email protected]" address="D.25/22 Rajaa Ghat," directions="between Dashashwamedh Ghat(5Min.walk)&amp; HarishChandra(burning)Ghat(5Min.walk)" phone="07376848410,09616883299,0542-2454612" url="facebook.com//Eden Halt.varanasi" checkin="24'Hours" checkout="12:00" price="300-700" lat="" long="">Rly(100Rs.)/Fly(500Rs.)St. to Bangali Tola College(which on Godowlia-Sonarpura road)+ walk 5Min.(East)for Raja Ghat(google searchable)to get river view room+ hot water+ wifi{{with varansi coordination+relious philosophy+horoscope}}</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="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="+91-938917856908960774550" 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.</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 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 500 400 - 1200" 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="0542-2224951,2223831,6457808" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rs 315 965 - 18952560">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, Paid Wifi/Internet.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Sahi Riverview Guest House" alt="" address="" directions="on Assi Ghat, next to Harmony Book Shop" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rs 200500" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">This place is very clean, quiet, and recommended. Newly opened, the guest house has the most fascinating Ganges views and the exotic sunrise from its balconies, rooms and terrace. All rooms have 24 hrs hot water with attached bathrooms.Rooms with the view 1000 or 1200 with AC. April 2013</sleep>
* <sleep name="Shanti Guesthouse" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">There are several hotels near the ghats that have taken the name ''Shanti'' after the original's good reputation. The original is a clean but very basic building with several floors of windowless rooms (cooler and safer than ones with exterior windows). There is a dorm on the roof. The rooftop cafe offers money changing, internet access, and a view of the Burning Ghats. The travel agent in the rooftop bar is reported to overcharge. The cafe's food is priced Rs 40-100. Fans are run on generator during power outages, but not A/C. Double fan room Rs200.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Sita Guest House" alt="" address= "Chausatti Ghat" directions="on the banks of the ganges next to the main ghats" phone="542 2450061 or 3251088" email="[email protected]" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" url="http://www.sitaguesthouse.in"> A very short walking distance to the burning ghats but far enough away to avoid smoke and smell. Rooms are clean and of a good size all with view of the river. Hot water in every room and roof top restaurant. The hotel also has generator for the many power cuts in Varanasi. The hotel provides many services for its guests, including internet, in house laundry, train and air ticket bookings.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Tiwari Lodge" alt="" address="B-1/243-A, Assi Ghat" directions="Assi Crossing, accross the street from Hotel Haifa" phone="2315129" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="negotiable" price="Rs 100 - 150" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""></sleep>, is right after ''Assi crossing'' close to Assi Ghat. It is run by a Brahmin, and has its own small temple on the site. Very relaxed and well maintained by local standards, do not expect staff to be present all the time. For check-in the owner can usually be found sitting in the aryuvedic massage cubicle late afternoons. Upstairs rooms are with shared bath Rs 100/single. Ensuite will be Rs 150, with long term rates negotiable. Bring your sheets and towel. Door locked midnight to 6AM.
Located on the banks o the river Ganges at the city centre, it is not an Hotel but it is a NGO for intercultural dialogue, that also offers rooms for students and scholars. The atmosphere of Ram Bhavan remains faithful to the simple comforts of an Indian home with a splash of colour. Walls are painted in the colors of the ancient city: a cooling forest green facing the court; peacock blues in the bedrooms; Annapurna rose in the kitchen. Furniture is colonial Teak or cane. By Indian law it is necessary for all residing guests to become members of the Society; annual membership is €6. Rooms in high season cost from per day, including half board (€ 1 a day for additional guests sharing the same room). In low season rates are approximately 20% lower. Special prices can be obtained by long term guests. </sleep>
* <sleep name="Diamond Hotel" alt="" address="Bhelupur,Varanasi, 221010," directions="Most centrally located downtown hotel. Walking distance from Ganga Ghat, very close to the major temples, Banaras Hindu University, and the saree market. Ideally located for business, tourism and pilgrimage. 5 Kms from Ramnagar fort & amp; 12 Kms from Sarnath." phone="+91 0542 542 2276696" emailurl="[email protected]http://www.hoteldiamond.co.com" fax="+91 0542 2276703in/" checkin="" checkout="12 noon" price="Rs 2000 - 5000" urllat="" long="" email="http://www.[email protected]hotel-diamond.com/" fax="+91 542 2276703">At Diamond Hotel, centrally air conditioned rooms extend a warm and hospitable staying experience. The Hotel offers a range of options for guests interested in arranging conferences, seminars, parties and get-togethers indoor and outdoors for up to 400 people.</sleep>
===Splurge===
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