Varanasi, also known as Banaras and Kashi, is one of the oldest cities in India. The historical city is situated on the banks of the holy river, Ganga. Thronged by pilgrims and devotees throughout the year, it is known for its countless temples. The place happens to be as important for Buddhists and the Jains as for Hindus. There are a number of hotels in Varanasi that offer pilgrims and tourists a comfortable stay. You have a wide choice when it comes to booking a stay, ranging from luxury to economy hotels in Varanasi. Those, who do not want to spend much on accommodation and save the majority for enjoying their trip to this holy city, can go for the latter option. FabHotels has several budget hotels in Varanasi that do not burn a hole in travelers’ pockets, still offer all modern conveniences.
One of the best localities in the city to stay is the area around the cantonment. FabHotel Uma Palace is among the best pocket-friendly hotels near Varanasi Cantt. Nearness to the city railway station, luxurious rooms with best-in-class amenities, banquet hall for functions, multi-cuisine restaurant and a hospitable staff are its major highlights.
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Tourist Attractions in Varanasi
Varanasi is known for its magnificent ghats and temples as well as insightful museums. Here are the top 5 places to visit in Varanasi:
• Kashi Vishwanath Temple
• Dashashwamedh Ghat
• Assi Ghat
• Manikarnika Ghat
• Dhamek Stupa
Some other popular attractions in the city are Bharat Mata Mandir, Kaal Bhairav Temple, Ramnagar Fort, Chaukhandi Stupa, Gyanvapi Mosque, Tulsi Ghat, Sarnath Museum, Alamgir Mosque, Panchganga Ghat and Man Mandir Observatory.
Shopping and Dining in Varanasi
When in the city, you must go on a shopping spree at the local markets that are lively and extremely vibrant. Thatheri Bazaar can be visited to shop for brass items, and silk and wool clothing. The most famous market in the city, Vishwanath Gali is replete with stores offering Banarasi sarees, jewelry, devotional CDs, wooden toys, religious texts, idols and posters of gods and goddesses, and bead necklaces. If you are looking to exclusively purchase clothes and jewelry, then Hathua Market is your best bet. Regional handicrafts can be bought at the government-run Urban Haat. Lahurabir is home to several furniture stores, whereas Golghar market offers groceries and other stuff of daily need. For embroidered silk clothes, carpets and weavings, you can head to Godowlia.
Just like things to buy, there is also a wide choice of restaurants to dine at in Varanasi. The city mostly has dhabas and simple family restaurants offering wholesome food, though fine-dining venues, outlets of international fast food chains and cafes are quickly coming up. Pizzeria Vaatika Café (Assi Ghat), Hayat Mediterranean (Assi Ghat), The Great Kabab Factory (Mall Road), Varuna Restaurant (Nadesar), Chowk Restaurant (Nadesar), The Bread of Life Bakery & Restaurant (Sigra), Brown Bread Bakery (Bangali Tola), Lotus Lounge (Mansarovar Ghat), 1951 (Mall Road), Eden Restaurant (Jagatganj) and Canton Royale (Mall Road) are the most popular places to eat in Varanasi.
How to Reach Varanasi
Being a major pilgrimage center and tourist destination, Varanasi is connected to all major cities by road, rail and air. National Highways 19, 28 and 31 are the major roads linking it to the rest of the country. The city has two railheads: Varanasi Junction and Manduadih Junction, both of which have direct trains to Delhi. Patna is one of the most well-connected cities from Varanasi, and you can easily travel between the two via trains, cabs and buses. FabHotel Royal Residency and FabHotel Amit are two of the best budget hotels in Patna. Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, with flights to and from all prominent Indian cities and some international destinations, is the primary air transit hub for the city of Varanasi.
Best Time to Visit
Autumn (October-November) and spring (February-March) are the best times to visit the city of Varanasi. During these times, the weather is pleasant and days are sunny. Summer in the region is quite hot, winter cold and the monsoon extremely wet.