First Time Tourists Guide in Varanasi

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Varanasi is a city located on the bank of the sacred Ganges River in the North India.

Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Dhamek Stupa are the places you should visit in the city.

Get amazed by the beauty of Ganga River and temples on the riverside. There is Darbhanga Ghat that offers you the best view to capture.

As the cultural capital of India, Varanasi is blessed for its cultural richness. The variety of religions' traditions will surely amaze you!

For a culinary tour in Varanasi, visit Canton Royale Restaurant to get a memorable dining experience in the city.

Be ready to go for a virtual city tour to Varanasi with Tripboba!

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SIGHTSEEING

No journey in Varanasi is complete without having the best sightseeing view of the Ganges River. It's a sacred place known to be personified of the goddess Ganga. Head to Dashashwamedha Ghat to get the best view of the Ganges River. It is the main ghat in Varanasi. Come to the ghat early in the morning and witness the beautiful view of the sunrise along the river. From the ghat, you will also see Vishwanath Temple. It's one of the most famous Hindu temples in Varanasi.

Dashashwamedha Ghat

Awesome place to visit and be close to nature.

Nice place for get together and the cold breeze during morning time will refresh your mood.

The reflections of the sun on the waves of the water offer incredible shots.

The ghat is well maintained and clean

Address : Dashashwamedh Ghat Rd, Ghats of varanasi, Godowlia, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India

DOWNTOWN

Explore the Ganges river from the ghats. Assi Ghat is one of the ghats that is most-visited by locals and tourists in the downtown. There are plenty of activities, from shopping to religious ceremonies, you can witness and participate. Alongside the ghat, there are boat facilities you can rent for a river tour. If you visit the ghat in the evenings, you can find some local talents performing here.

Assi Ghat

Religious festivals, performances & yoga classes are held at this iconic riverfront gathering place.

Address : Nagwa Rd, Assi ghat, Anandbagh, Dumraon Colony, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221005, India

SHOPPING

Looking for souvenirs in Varanasi? Bala Ji Handicraft offers you a variety kind of authentic souvenirs to bring back home. Located near the Assi Ghat. You can find souvenirs like sarees, pashmina scarves, and handmade jewelry. Banarasi saree is the top-recommended souvenir you shouldn't miss to buy during your vacation in Varanasi.

Bala Ji Handicraft

A highly recommended space-shop.

It has everything that a tourist or a traveler may want to take as a souvenir or gift.

Suresh is a charming man who knows his merchandise perfectly.

Address : B-2/236, Assi Rd, near Nav Gurga Mandir, Assi, Bhadaini, Anandbagh, Bhelupur, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India

FOOD & DRINK

Have a culinary tour in Varanasi. You can find a lot of tasty local food in the city. Kachori Sabzi or Kachori sabji is a recommended local food to try for breakfast. It is a cuisine of potato curry and deep-fried pastry stuffed with lentil. And for the authentic beverage in the city, you can try Lassi. It's an Indian traditional yogurt drink blend with water and fruit. It can taste sweet as well as salty.

CULTURE

As the cultural capital of India, Varanasi is blessed for its cultural richness. You will find the culture in the city unique and beautiful. There are a number of museums that present the city's uniqueness of art style and folk art. Also, because Hinduism and Buddism are the major religions, you will be amazed by the sacred worship and tradition held along the Ganges riversides.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

If you are looking for the best time with the best weather to visit Varanasi, it is best to visit the city in winter. It's from November to February. Around the time, you will find the most comfortable temperature to travel outside.

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

Get amazed by the beauty of the Ganga River and temples on the riverside. Varanasi's ghats offer you the best view to capture. Darbhanga Ghat is probably the most picturesque that you can find in Varanasi. You can picture the charming scenery of the Ganges river with the sandstone palace on the riverside. Another good place to capture in Varanasi is Ramnagar Fort. It's a sandstone fort with the style of 17th-century style fortification. You can spot antique weapons and a unique astronomical clock from the 19th century in the fort.

Darbhanga Ghat

One the most photogenic ghats in terms of the architecture.

Very beautiful specially in the night because of the lighting.

The ambiance and beauty of this place is amazing.

Address : Near Ahilyabai Ghat, Uttar Pradesh 221010, India

Ramnagar Fort

It is really an interesting place.

Big fort, has a wide open place.

The collection of cars and weapons from sword and shield to cannon.

Must for travellers.

Address : Varanasi Rd, Purana, Ramnagar, Uttar Pradesh 221008, India

HOTEL

Choose the most suitable place to stay in Varanasi based on your traveling budget and list of places that you want to visit. From luxury vacationers to budget, you can find various accommodations in Varanasi. If you want to save your budget for your trip, the Ganpati Guest House can be the option. Overlooking the River Ganga, it has easy access to Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Manikarnika Ghat. They provide guest rooms featuring Wi-Fi, en suite bathrooms, and air-conditioning. Some rooms also provide flat-screen TVs and balconies. But, if you are looking for the best value hotel in the city, Brijrama Palace is one of the top recommendations for you. Every room in the hotel is well decorated with silk furnishings, hand-painted ceilings, and some original arts that will amaze you. It features with sacred Ganga river. They provide 4 exclusive restaurants, a yoga site, and riverside prayer ceremonies.

Ganpati Guest House

Great hotel in the excellent location with great view of the river.

It is great to stay for tourists or backpackers.

There is pleasant room and restaurant.

Their staff is very welcoming and kind.

Address : D-3/24, Meer Ghat, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India

BrijRama Palace

The hotel is super beautiful and very well located.

Rooms are clean and beautiful.

The breakfast is superb in a great environment.

Their staff is accomodating and excellent.

Address : Near Munshi Ghat Over Darbhanga House Ghat, Bangali Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India

RESTAURANT

Have a fine dining experience in Canton Royale Restaurant. Decored in elegant heritage interior, this restaurant serves menus of Indian and international cuisines. While dining here, you can enjoy live music played in the background. But, if you are looking for a restaurant in a more local vibe, Baati Chokha Restaurant is where you go. With the traditional setting, this restaurant serves local cuisines and also a vegetarian menu. The desserts are worth trying. It's tasty!

Baati Chokha Restaurant

Perfect family place for dinner/ lunch and connected to North Indian desi cuisine.

Nice interior with creative village theme,slow service,good presentation of dishes.

They serve authentic and delicious food,and the best to have baati chokha.

The quantity and the quality is super

Address : 2/5 Near--Mithaiwala Chauraha Vivek Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226010, India

Canton Royale Restaurant

This is an excellent food outlet in Varanasi.

They offer delicious Indian food.

The quality and quantity of good justifies the prices

The waiters are kind and polite.

Address : S.20 / 51, Hotel Surya, A-5, The Mall Rd, Cantt, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221002, India

CAFE

Have a delightful breakfast at Ashish Cafe to fill your energy for traveling. Located near to the Assi Ghat, this cafe serves a wide option of breakfasts, lunch, and dinner with Indian and international menus. This cafe is known to specialize in serving Thali, an Indian food platter. But, if you are looking for a good place to drink coffee, Open Hand Shop And Cafe is where to go. Decorated in a modern style cafe, they serve a good selection of coffee and snacks.

Ashish Cafe

This is great cafe for have a meal and drink.

It offers tasty food in a fun atmosphere.

The waiter is friendly and polite.

Address : B1/185, Assi Ghat Rd, near Assi, Police Chowki, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221005, India

Open Hand Shop And Cafe

This place is a very peaceful place to go and chill while eating or drinking something.

The coffee is outstanding.

There's some simple food at good prices, too.

Best place for spending your evening coffee time.

Address : B1/128-3 Assi ghat Road Opp Sparrow Cafe Dumraun, Assi - Lanka Rd, Bagh Colony, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221005, India

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

Looking for a place to drink in Varanasi? Trishna Pubs is one of the top recommendations for you. This bar offers you a place to drink with the old-style vibe and wood-accented decoration. This bar serves a wide selection of classic cocktails and liquor to refresh your mind and soul. But, if you want to drink in a more vibrant vibe, Tarang Bar is where to go. With the classy decoration, this bar is where you can enjoy drinking with good music in the background. They have a good selection of alcoholic drinks and wines.

Trishna Pubs

One of the best bar to visit for alcohol and beer.

The place is good and hygienic.

Very spacious and peaceful.

The waiter is kind and friendly.

Address : Krishna Palace, 1/13/357, Ground Floor, Station Rd, Civil Line, Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh 224001, India

Tarang Bar

Great bar to spend time with your friends.

They offer nice quality of beers.

The ambience is very charming.

The waiters are very kind.

Address : The Mall Rd, Varanasi cantonment, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221002, India

INTERESTING PLACE

Temple is the first word to come up if you ask for recommended attractions in Varanasi. Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the famous temples in the city. Built-in 1780 by the Maratha monarch, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It's also known as Golden Temple because of its golden spires. Another interesting place to visit in Varanasi is Dhamek Stupa. It is a large Buddhist stupa that is known to represent the Rishipattana. It's a deer park, where Buddha gave the first message at. It has 28 meters of diameter and 43.6 meters in height made of stone and brick. The surrounding of the stupa is well-maintained by the government. Discover the interesting stories of Varanasi here!

Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple

A very good temple to visit in Varanasi.

Lots of people come everyday to offer prayers to the deity.

The history of this place makes it an unforgettable experience.

It is a must must to visit.

Address : Lahori Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India

The Dhamek Stupa

A very famous, calm, clean place with historical importance for Buddhism religion.

Clean and well maintained.

Stupa, museum and temples are there to visit.

Address : Dharmapala Rd, Singhpur, Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221007, India