Top things to do in Varanasi

Top Choice Ghat in Varanasi

Manikarnika Ghat

Manikarnika Ghat, the main burning ghat, is the most auspicious place for a Hindu to be cremated. Dead bodies are handled by outcasts known as doms, and are carried through the alleyways of the old town to the holy …
Top Choice Religious in Varanasi

Dev Diwali

Leading up to the day each year that the gods are said to descend to Varanasi – 15 days after Diwali – the ghats along the Ganges glow in the flames of thousands of tiny oil lamps, thousands more of which are launch…
Top Choice Multicuisine in Varanasi

Brown Bread Bakery

This restaurant's fabulous menu includes more than 40 varieties of European-quality cheese and more than 30 types of bread, cookies and cakes – along with excellent pastas, sandwiches and breakfasts. Sit downstairs …
Top Choice Ghat in Varanasi

Dashashwamedh Ghat

Varanasi’s liveliest and most colourful ghat. The name indicates that Brahma sacrificed (medh) 10 (das) horses (aswa) here. In spite of the persistent boat owners, flower sellers, massage practitioners and touts try…
Top Choice Ghat in Varanasi

Assi Ghat

The furthest south of the main ghats and one of the biggest, Assi Ghat is particularly important as the River Assi meets the Ganges near here and pilgrims come to worship a Shiva lingam (phallic image of Shiva) bene…
Top Choice Indian in Varanasi

Darbhanga

Seriously some of the best Indian food we've ever had. The palak chaman (paneer in spinach and spices) is heaven in your mouth and the aloo chaat is a gourmet-street-food revelation. There's also a good list of Cont…
Top Choice Lassi in Varanasi

Blue Lassi

A tiny yoghurt shop with a big – and well-deserved – reputation for serving up Varanasi's freshest, creamiest, fruit-filled lassis for over 90 years.
Top Choice Ghat in Varanasi

Harishchandra Ghat

Harishchandra Ghat is a cremation ghat – smaller and secondary in importance to Manikarnika, but one of the oldest ghats in Varanasi.
Top Choice Fashion & Accessories in Varanasi

Baba Blacksheep

If the deluge of traveller enthusiasm is anything to go by, this is one of the most trustworthy, non-pushy shops in India. Indeed it is one of the best places you'll find for silks (scarves/saris from ₹500/4000) and…
Top Choice Cafe in Varanasi

Open Hand

This shoes-off cafe-cum–gift shop serves real espresso and French-press coffee alongside breakfast platters featuring pancakes, omelettes and muesli. There's also a range of salads, sandwiches, pastas and baked good…