Explore the snaking alleys and busy bazars in the north of Varanasi, an area rarely visited by tourists…
On this tour we’ll explore the snaking alleys and busy bazars in the north of Varanasi, which is rarely visited by tourists. Led by a local guide, you’ll start in the centre of the business area, which is filled with shops, houses and temples. This ancient district is home to the wholesale silk market, which was started by a businessman and the king of Varanasi and takes over an entire city block. I’ll tell you all about the history of the Asian Silk Route and how Varanasi’s finest silks made their way to Versailles Palace in France. Other highlights include the pots and pans bazar and a famous samosa shop that dates back to the 1800s.
You’ll also get to visit temples and mosques hidden within the alleyways that only locals know about. There’s a Gopal temple and next to it, a mosque, which is a great place to discuss how Varanasi’s Hindu and Muslim people live and work together in harmony; Muslim people traditionally made silk products here and Hindu’s sold them on. We also visit the riverside where the mystic Kabir used to write poetry before diving into the twisting back alleys again. Along the way, we’ll meet local characters – perhaps we’ll stop to talk to a sweet vendor or a priest at the temple – the experience provides a real insight into Varanasi life that tourists often miss.
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Malcolm, who's travelled extensively in India. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember.
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