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Varanasi: For Spiritual Health

Things To Do In Varanasi

Take a boat-ride down the ghats along River Ganga (especially at dawn). Learn yoga at the many yoga centres around town. Volunteer at the Learn for Life Society that runs a school for disadvantaged children and encourages travellers to lend a helping hand. Go see landmarks such as Kashi Vishwanath temple, Durga temple, Alamgir Mosque and Dufferin Bridge.

Ramnagar Fort in Varanasi rests along the banks of River Ganga

Ramnagar Fort in Varanasi rests along the banks of River Ganga

Is Varanasi Safe For Women?

Keep your wits about you, dress conservatively, get a hang of the winding gulleys, talk tough with touts and rickshaw drivers, don’t get taken in by people offering you “a glimpse of heaven” and you should be fine. Varanasi has a police helpline dedicated to women and though incidents of street harassment do occur, they are rare.

Where To Stay In Varanasi

Varanasi is best enjoyed by staying in riverside hotels such as ‘Palace on the Ganges’ or ‘Scindhia Guesthouse’. These offer uninterrupted views of the ghats.

 

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Reshma S Kulkarni is a freelance writer-journalist, with a byline in more than 20 national and international publications including Bombay Times, Femina, The Hindu, Cosmopolitan, DNA and Hello (UAE). She translates books for renowned publishing houses and works as a freelance copy-editor for two Indian financial journals. She is a Visiting Faculty at the department of post-graduate studies in Mass Media & Journalism at two Mumbai-based institutes. In her free time, Reshma loves to read books, conduct tarot readings and whip up culinary delights.

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