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Our most recommended Varanasi Food & Gourmet Tours

Varanasi Full-Day Private Tour with Sarnath and Ganga Aarti

1. Varanasi Full-Day Private Tour with Sarnath and Ganga Aarti

After breakfast, you'll be picked up from your hotel and driven to Sarnath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is hailed as one of the holiest Buddhist places in India and the place where Gautama Buddha, after attaining spiritual enlightenment, delivered his first sermons and claimed the place as an important pilgrimage site for his followers. Here, you'll first visit Chaukhandi Stupa, which is an elevated structure surrounded by octagonal towers. It's the gateway to Sarnath and adorned by lush green lawns from all sides. Then, you'll see Dhamek Stupa, a remarkable structure built of stone and brick. This cylindrical pillar is engraved with delicate floral carvings of Gupta origin. After this you'll visit Mulagandha Kuti Vihar, a modern temple encasing unrivalled frescoes by a Japanese painter and a rich repository of Buddhist literature. Later you will be taken to visit the Sarnath Museum. This is an expansive museum that houses the finest specimens of Buddhist art and culture.  Afterwards, you can enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting some famous temples and many other marvellous holy structures. In the evening, you will get to witness the ritualistic rites held every night on the banks of the Ganges, before being taken back to your hotel.

Varanasi: Night Tour with Aarti Ceremony and Street Food

2. Varanasi: Night Tour with Aarti Ceremony and Street Food

Try the deliciously varied street food that characterizes Varanasi, and see the famous aarti light ceremony on this magical evening tour of the city. The tour starts at 5:00 PM, with pickup from your hotel or residence. Travel through the winding streets towards the city center to witness the ritual of aarti. During the ceremony a group of priests clad in saffron and white robes will perform a ritual of Hindu worship with oil lamps, all synced to beautiful music. It’s a spectacular vision and one not to be missed. After witnessing the aarti, enjoy a street food tour led by an expert local guide. Try mishrambhu, a local milk product. Then visit multiple locations to sample a variety of delicious savory southern and northern Indian flavors. Stop at a sweet shop and see how these products are made, then sample some to satisfy your sweet tooth. At the end of the evening, you will be taken back to your hotel by your guide. 

Varanasi: Private Evening Street Food Tour

3. Varanasi: Private Evening Street Food Tour

Your tour will begin at 4:00 PM with pick-up from your hotel. Then you will drive in an air-conditioned car to Assi Ghat, the southernmost ghat in Varanasi and the first stop on the tour. After exploring the ghat, your guide will take you to try the first dish in this street food tour, poori sabzi. Hot and crispy poori or kachori is stuffed with dal and served with a spicy potato gravy. Next, it is time to taste some of the famous sweets of Varanasi. Try jalebi, a treat made from deep fried batter. Then taste shahi turka, an Indian bread pudding. Both of these food items are served crispy and hot, with lots of syrup. Afterwards, you will be served a lassi in an earthenware glass. Lassi is a yogurt drink flavored with cardamom and garnished with pistachios, fresh cream, and a few drops of rose water. You can also try and number of other Indian sweets. Varanasi is famous for aloo tikki chaat, potato patties with chickpea curry and garnished with green chutney, and pani puri, a hollow snack stuffed with different filings. Finally you can try the best chewing paan in Varanasi. After tasting all of these delicious street foods, you will be dropped back at your hotel at around 7:00 PM.

Varanasi: Shopping and Street Food Tour on a Tuk-Tuk

4. Varanasi: Shopping and Street Food Tour on a Tuk-Tuk

Enjoy the true local life with this tour which takes you on a shopping and street food tour in the oldest alleys of Varanasi. Step out of your comfort zone and live the local life in one of the craziest places to be. Your tour will begin with your guide picking you up from your hotel at 3:00 PM and from here, you will first head for your shopping tour. The first is the Godowlia market, one of the most loved and oldest markets of Varanasi. Flooded with shops on both sides, the market is famous for everything knick-knacks, fine silk, brocade textures, zari work, and shoes! Walk through the lanes to the next market of Vishwanath lane which is a world of its own! A narrow, long lane swarmed with shops on either side, this market is famous for religious things, glass and wooden bangles, and other knick-knacks along with silk shops. Once you’re done shopping, move ahead for all the food that is waiting for you! From trying on the best lassi, (buttered milk served with condensed milk as garnishing) to the best samosas (small deep-fried triangles with potato stuffing served with mint sauce) you will be tasting it all. Move ahead to Kashi Chaat corner (the most iconic local eatery in Varanasi) where you will try a variety of delicacies like the papri chaat (yogurt-based tangy dish), tamatar chaat (tomato and basil curry), panipuri ( small balls which are eaten with tangy and spicy water). If that is not enough, move ahead to try the most famous sweets that Varanasi is famous for! From gulab jamun (one of the most famous sweets for Indians) along with kulfi (India’s very own ice cream). End this culinary journey with a meethapaan (beetle nut given which tastes sweet). In the end, your guide will drop you back at your hotel.

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We were picked up on time in the morning, had his great guide and driver. would book excursions again at any time with get your guide. Lunch and continuing into the evening were simply great.

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Set up friendly guide, well put together tour, good food