Five things to do in Varanasi

A 5-step guide to making the most out of the scenic early mornings in the holy city of Varanasi.


When you’re in Varanasi there are a multitude of things that may be on your schedule. But here are 5 of my must-do recommendations for spending the morning in the city:

1. Have chai and jalebis early in the morning in the lanes around the ghats – they are absolutely irresistible! I am a big fan of Indian sweets, so the place was heaven for me!

One of the local chai shops in the lanes around the ghats

One of the local chai shops in the lanes around the ghats

2. For those who want to spend the day high on happiness, make sure you try the ‘bhang wali thandai‘! It makes your head go light, your steps to fly, and your mood to soar to the sky.

3. It’s best to swim in the morning when the river is mostly deserted, its the best thing to do. Its best not to try skinny dipping, even though you will see some in states of partial to almost full nudity.

A morning swim.

A morning swim.

4. And if you can’t swim, take a boat ride into the rising sun. You can enjoy the cool river breeze, be away from the noise of the city, feed the river fish, and look at the life on the ghats.

An early morning boat ride

An early morning boat ride

5. Finally, spend sometime with yourself to pray/ meditate/ contemplate. The mornings on the ghats are surprisingly calm and peaceful.

Offering prayer to the holy river

Offering prayer to the holy river

Two boys and a dog, all busy in their own work

Two boys and a dog, all busy in their own work

This article was republished from The Wanderer Blog. Click here for the original article.


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I am a designer, traveller, and a travel blogger who loves people more than everything else. I derive my passion by interacting with the people and learning more about them and their cultures through stories - I consider myself a curator of stories :) I am also extremely passionate about inspiring the world around me to travel more, as I truly believes that only travelling can break barriers and ... more

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