One Day Trip to Varanasi

One Day Itinerary To Varanasi

Here’s a suggested one-day itinerary for visiting Varanasi, India, with timings and options for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food:

5:00 AM – 7:00 AM

Start your day early by taking a sunrise boat ride on the sacred River Ganges. Witness the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti ceremony at Dashashwamedh Ghat.

7:30 AM – 9:30 AM

After the boat ride, explore the famous Ghats (riverfront steps) like Assi Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, and Dashashwamedh Ghat, where you can observe various Hindu rituals and people bathing in the holy waters.

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Visit the iconic Kashi Vishwanath Temple, one of the most revered Shiva temples in India. (Note: Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the main temple, but you can see the exterior and nearby markets.)

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch Break

– Vegetarian option: Sample the famous Banarasi delicacies like tamatar chaat, malaiyu, and matar kulcha at Deena Chaat Bhandaar or Madhur Milan.
– Non-vegetarian option: Indulge in the flavorful Banarasi kebabs, biryani, and kormas at Sage & Jokers or Kebab Bazar.

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Spend time wandering through the narrow lanes and bylanes of Varanasi, known as Galis. Explore the vibrant street markets, such as Vishwanath Gali and Chowk, where you can find traditional handicrafts, silk sarees, and more.

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Visit the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and explore the Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum, which houses an excellent collection of Indian art, sculptures, and artifacts.

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Experience the magical Ganga Aarti ceremony again at Dashashwamedh Ghat, where the evening ritual is more elaborate and captivating.

8:30 PM – 10:00 PM: Dinner

– Vegetarian option: Relish the famous Banarasi thandai (a creamy, spiced milk drink) and paan (betel leaf preparation) at Jew’s Thandai or Ram Bhandar.
– Non-vegetarian option: Savor the authentic Banarasi cuisine like Galawati kebab, Banarasi tawa chicken, and mutton curry at Ganga Vatika or Chhotu Motu Joshi.

Throughout the day, you can also opt for local street food like lassi (sweet yogurt drink), chaat (savory snacks), and jalebi (sweet pretzel-like snack) from the various street vendors.

This itinerary covers some of the most popular and significant sights in Varanasi, but you can adjust it based on your interests and pace. It’s recommended to hire a local guide to gain a deeper understanding of the city’s rich history and culture.

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