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Customer Travel Tips for Varanasi

74% Avg. city rating Rated by 112 customers

Activities / excursions 82%

Restaurants / eating out 73%

Shopping 65%

Chilling out / relaxing 67%

Getting around / public transport 64%

Sightseeing 87%

Culture 94%

Nightlife / partying 49%

Value for money 82%

Customer Travel Tips for Varanasi

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60% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 60%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 60%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 60%
  • Value for money - 60%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 60%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 60%
60% Avg. rating


29 Sep 2016

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Age Range:
25-30

Customer Travel Tip: Expect less

Liked: Ganges

Disliked: Poor cleanliness

71% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 60%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 80%
  • Culture - 100%
  • Sightseeing - 80%
  • Value for money - 80%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 60%
  • Nightlife / partying - 40%
  • Shopping - 80%
71% Avg. rating


14 Sep 2016

Travel Type:
With my spouse / partner

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year Sightseeing & culture

Age Range:
25-30

Customer Travel Tip: Be open minded and take regular breaks.

Liked: Culture

Disliked: Heat and Humidity. Lack on hygiene in some business.

87% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 100%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 100%
  • Culture - 100%
  • Sightseeing - 100%
  • Value for money - 100%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 100%
  • Getting around / public transport - 60%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 60%
87% Avg. rating


31 Jul 2016

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Age Range:
25-30

Customer Travel Tip: Just be. :)

Liked: Culture unlike rest of india .Blue lassi shop, Vishnu tea shop- learn the secrets of chai making

Disliked: Traffic pollution

100% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 100%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 100%
  • Culture - 100%
  • Sightseeing - 100%
  • Value for money - 100%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 100%
  • Getting around / public transport - 100%
  • Nightlife / partying - 100%
  • Shopping - 100%
100% Avg. rating


25 Mar 2016

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture

Age Range:
41+

Customer Travel Tip: Ghats.

Liked: The most pilgrimage city in functions. BLUE Lassí best lassi in the World.

Disliked: Nothing

69% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 100%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 20%
  • Culture - 100%
  • Sightseeing - 100%
  • Value for money - 100%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 60%
  • Nightlife / partying - 20%
  • Shopping - 60%
69% Avg. rating


12 Aug 2015

Travel Type:
With my spouse / partner

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Customer Travel Tip: Don't stay there to long and prepare your self

Liked: Aarti at night.

Disliked: Everithing is durty and it smell bad everywhere. Countinuous harassment when you go to the Ganga

96% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 100%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 80%
  • Culture - 100%
  • Sightseeing - 100%
  • Value for money - 100%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 100%
  • Getting around / public transport - 100%
  • Nightlife / partying - 80%
  • Shopping - 100%
96% Avg. rating


09 Jul 2015

Travel Type:
With my spouse / partner

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: Roads are not the most hygeinic and traffic is loud. So love at first sight is not a phenomenon to be associated with the city; takes a day or 2 for your mind to get acclimatised. But then the city really opens up to you! For acco - Zostel is the place to stay. Read hostel review for further details Cheers and have a lot of Banarasi mauj masti! :)

Liked: This ancient city takes you back to the time when people were not disconnected from each other's lives and even their own. Places of great historical importance lay scattered in every nook and corner of the city. Time seems to slow down here moving at its own sweet Banarasi pace, allowing you to soak in the city's rich elements. This peripherally perplexing city truly is a microcosm of India!

Disliked: Nothing in particular

36% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 20%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 20%
  • Culture - 80%
  • Sightseeing - 60%
  • Value for money - 20%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 40%
  • Getting around / public transport - 40%
  • Nightlife / partying - 20%
  • Shopping - 20%
36% Avg. rating


03 Jun 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: thailand

Liked: cultural staff. interesting activities around the river

Disliked: hot and humid. Very dirty

64% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 80%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 60%
  • Culture - 100%
  • Sightseeing - 80%
  • Value for money - 80%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 40%
  • Nightlife / partying - 40%
  • Shopping - 40%
64% Avg. rating


20 Mar 2015

Travel Type:
With my spouse / partner

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Customer Travel Tip: It doesn't get much more raw than this, open your mind and absorb the atmosphere.

Liked: Intense! Sun rise over the river is beautiful.

Disliked: Intense! And the touts / drivers are a pain in the ass

91% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 100%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 100%
  • Culture - 100%
  • Sightseeing - 100%
  • Value for money - 100%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 100%
  • Getting around / public transport - 20%
  • Nightlife / partying - 100%
  • Shopping - 100%
91% Avg. rating


11 Feb 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: Take a pickup service from the hostel you're booked to avoid getting hassled by tuk tuk or cabbies.

Liked: Great culture and laid back atmosphere.

Disliked: Difficult to haggle at every step with auto rickshaws.

69% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 80%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 60%
  • Culture - 80%
  • Sightseeing - 80%
  • Value for money - 80%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 60%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 60%
69% Avg. rating


15 Jan 2015

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: None

Liked: An experience

Disliked: None

60% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 60%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 80%
  • Culture - 80%
  • Sightseeing - 80%
  • Value for money - 60%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 40%
  • Nightlife / partying - 20%
  • Shopping - 60%
60% Avg. rating


03 Jan 2015

Travel Type:
With my spouse / partner

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Customer Travel Tip: Eat street food, do a boat trip, go to blue lassi and enjoy zostel for a few days!

Liked: The Ganges.

Disliked: Traffic and weather

84% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 100%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 80%
  • Culture - 100%
  • Sightseeing - 100%
  • Value for money - 100%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 60%
84% Avg. rating


29 Dec 2014

Travel Type:
With my spouse / partner

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: Visiting Sangam is must

Liked: Ghats, Culture, FOOD

Disliked: Garbage all around the streets

91% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 100%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 100%
  • Culture - 80%
  • Sightseeing - 100%
  • Value for money - 100%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 100%
  • Getting around / public transport - 100%
  • Nightlife / partying - 40%
  • Shopping - 100%
91% Avg. rating


10 Nov 2014

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Customer Travel Tip: Zostel Varanasi

Liked: Ganga

Disliked: Drug trade

84% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 100%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 100%
  • Culture - 100%
  • Sightseeing - 80%
  • Value for money - 80%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 60%
  • Nightlife / partying - 80%
  • Shopping - 80%
84% Avg. rating


10 Nov 2014

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Customer Travel Tip: NA

Liked: nice place..

Disliked: NA

87% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 100%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 100%
  • Culture - 100%
  • Sightseeing - 100%
  • Value for money - 100%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 60%
  • Nightlife / partying - 100%
  • Shopping - 60%
87% Avg. rating


03 Nov 2014

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: Contact Zostel, these guys are very supportive and go out of their way to make one comfy!

Liked: The Ghats and Zostel

Disliked: Just the cramped up spaces.. That is a part of the culture yeah!!

80% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 80%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 80%
  • Culture - 100%
  • Sightseeing - 100%
  • Value for money - 80%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 60%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 80%
80% Avg. rating


14 Sep 2014

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
City break

Customer Travel Tip: Be ready to be patient with traffic and noises

Liked: The culture and how people live religion

Disliked: The traffic

42% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 60%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 60%
  • Culture - 80%
  • Sightseeing - 40%
  • Value for money - 60%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 20%
  • Getting around / public transport - 20%
  • Nightlife / partying - 20%
  • Shopping - 20%
42% Avg. rating


11 Aug 2014

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Customer Travel Tip: Take lots of hand sanitizer and mosquito repellent.

Liked: Nothing except the cultural side of it.

Disliked: Everything. Dirty city with zero hygine. Animals all over the place and cardrivers wont stop honking.

73% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 60%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 100%
  • Culture - 100%
  • Sightseeing - 100%
  • Value for money - 100%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 20%
  • Shopping - 40%
73% Avg. rating


02 Aug 2014

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: Stay at International Travellers' Hostel. If you come here during summertime, try to make most of your trips in the early morning, as it is not that hot then. Wintertime is a better time to come though. Definately get on a boat trip for the sunrise, it's worth getting up early.

Liked: It's a city full of traditions and spiritual meanings. It is great to see the ghats along the Ganges and take a boat trip. More easy going than places like Delhi etc. The mangos are especially delicious here.

Disliked: Very chaotic, the weather at this time of the year is awful, and it is very dirty. Ghats and other important places are not well maintained.

82% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 100%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 80%
  • Culture - 100%
  • Sightseeing - 100%
  • Value for money - 100%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 40%
  • Shopping - 60%
82% Avg. rating


06 Jun 2014

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Customer Travel Tip: Be open minded an respectful of the local practices.

Liked: It was different from any other place I been!!

Disliked: No

73% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 100%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 60%
  • Culture - 100%
  • Sightseeing - 100%
  • Value for money - 80%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 20%
  • Shopping - 60%
73% Avg. rating


26 Mar 2014

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: Don't follow the touts' claims that the Old City is dangerous at night and that accommodation is cheaper at the very southern end, near Assi Ghat. If you want to be right in the middle of the action, you can be, and you can find cheap places all over.

Liked: The ghats and the old city.

Disliked: The rickshaw touts at the train station - very dishonest.

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74% Avg. city rating Rated by 112 customers

Activities / excursions 82%

Restaurants / eating out 73%

Shopping 65%

Chilling out / relaxing 67%

Getting around / public transport 64%

Sightseeing 87%

Culture 94%

Nightlife / partying 49%

Value for money 82%

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