Varanasi Travel Guide

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A visit to Varanasi, formerly known as Benaras or Benares, or as Kashi (meaning "resplendent with light"), is an experience unlike any other. This is the epitome of a holy city, inundated with religious pilgrims and sacred cows, yet it is also a city firmly grounded in the commerce and reality of day-to-day existence. A visit here is thrilling but exhausting, and never boring.

Hotels

Varanasi Hotels

There are two options in Varanasi: you can stay near the water, where most of the lodgings are smaller and right in the midst of the action; or you can...read more

Restaurants

Varanasi Restaurants

Find the best Varanasi restaurants in every price category with our top picks.

Things To Do

Things To Do in Varanasi

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.

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Varanasi Experiences

  • The Economics of Burning

    Public cremation is the norm for Hindus throughout India, but the spiritual implications of being cremated in Varanasi make dying here an especially... Read more

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