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Shopping in Varanasi

Shopping in Benaras can be as exciting as the place itself. A flourishing commercial centre, it has much more than just Benarsi silk. Filled with handicraft items, carpets, ivory-ware and wooden deities are something which can be bought from the local market as souvenirs.

Main markets include Vishwanath lane, Godowilia, Thatheri bazaar and chowk. It’s best to walk in thick and thin lanes of these shopping areas to get the maximum benefit. Motobikes too can be taken but in some areas even bikes are not allowed by local police. Apart from benarsi silk, one can also look for musical instruments which are sold here. Other things include duvets, dress, furnishing material, plain and printer silk, silver, silk shawls, bags, wooden handicraft items, pure silk bedsheets and bedcovers, printed T- shirts and much more.

Although one or two shopping malls have erupted and an entire road dedicated to international brands has become a hot spot for the young generation; still old is gold. Keep on with your taste buds in the local coffee shops opened by foreigners’ and which are good in serving people from various countries.

*Beware of the touts who offer to take you to specific shops and get you discounts. Instead to listening to these, it’s a good idea to do a little search on your own or take the help of your tour guide. For best experience go in the evening when the market is full with tourists as well lights! However, the market generally closes by 08:00 p.m., so decide accordingly. …

* Some of the most reliable names include Shri Gandhi Ashram Khadi, Mehrotra Silk Factory, Baba Blacksheep.

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