When in Varanasi, do not forget to eat all the famous lip-smacking delicacies like a local. These street foods of Varanasi represent the true essence of the city’s culture and food style. The Banarsi Paan is the most recommended when in Varanasi. Also, try Mallaiyo, Lassi, Kachori sabzi, Jalebi, Dahi Bhalla, Samosa, Tamatar Chatt, and Laung-Lata, and you’ll fall in love with the city again and again. There are a few shops I would like to recommend from my personal experience: Pahelwan Lassi, Dadi Ki Kachori, Dina Chaat, Assi Ghat With lemon tea and the rest, you can experiment and give other locals a fair chance.
Where To Stay
Varanasi is for everyone and very reasonable in terms of food and accommodation. There are a number of hostels, guest houses, Air BNB, and hotels available as per the budget.
Point– Don't forget to check in near the ghat because you'll be able to see a spectacular sunrise from there in the morning.
How To Reach Varanasi
Varanasi is well connected with India by air and roadways. There is a new airport in the city and frequent flights are available from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and other cities.
There are lots of trains that are available to connect Varanasi to other cities. Apart from that, Varanasi is well connected via road, so anyone can reach Varanasi by road too.
Point– Inside the city, the best way to explore Varanasi is by walking. Varanasi's streets are very narrow, so walking, rickshaw, or auto are the best ways to get around.
What to Purchase in Varanasi
Varanasi is well-known for Pera and Varanasi Silk Saree. Godaulia Road is a popular place for shopping. There are places where you can witness how the Varanasi silk is prepared, and from there you can also purchase fabrics or sarees.
3 Days Budgets For Varanasi
If you are a budget traveller then can find below calculation for 3 days stay –
Stay – Hostel / Guest House – 500 x 3 = 1500
Food – (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack) – 1000 x 3= 3000
Commute – Boat, Walk, Rikshaw – 500 x 3 = 1500
Extra Spend – 1000 ( Gift, puja )
Total = INR 7000 / 3 Days
Is Varanasi Worth A Visit?
I recommend visiting this city at least once, not only to worship the god or visit the temples (if you believe), but also for yoga, pranayam, or music (if you do not believe).The city has a unique culture that is reflected in its food, streets, house structures, people, and cultures.
Is Varanasi Safe for Solo Female travellers?
A lot of solo female travellers travel regularly to Varanasi. In consideration of its huge crowd, and narrow lanes, I would rather advise you to take a few precautions while travelling in Varanasi like we do when travelling to other cities or countries.