Shopping in Varanasi

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The holy city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh offers a good Varanasi shopping experience. Varanasi is regarded as one of the holiest cities especially for Hindus. People from all over come here to this city that is situated on the banks of the River Ganga. One can do a good deal of shopping for musical instruments, clothes, flower decorations and holy items in the city of Varanasi. Here is a list of places to go shopping when visiting the city of Varanasi, also known as Benaras.

Ganga Silk

Varanasi is famous for its beautiful silk saris. A sari is an Indian attire for women. Head to Ganga Silk in Varanasi if you want to shop for saris. Here, you will find silk brocade material and different types of saris in silk. You will not be able to haggle at this store, as prices at Ganga Silk are fixed. If you don't know anything about saris or what type of silk to purchase, the knowledgeable staff will explain everything down to the last detail.

Book Shops

If you love to read and are interested in purchasing books when in Varanasi, then there are a good many options. Harmony Book store at Assi Ghat in Varanasi is one option. Then there's Indica Books which is also situated at Assi Ghat. Other notable boo shops include Pilgrims Book House, which can be found the the Monkey Temple, and Modern Book House, which is located in Nadesar.

Pashmina Shawls

Silk and pashmina shawls are also very famous in Varanasi. A shop called Baba Black Sheep is a good choice if you want to buy shawls that are priced reasonably. Tailang Silk Emporium is another great place to buy such shawls.

Miscellaneous Shopping

If you want to purchase musical instruments, bangles, masks and Buddhist statues, head to shopping zones like Gyan Vapi, Thateri Bazar, Vishwanath Gali, Lahurabir or Godoulia. At these shopping zones, you will find a good number of shops that sell anything and everything.

Handmade Products

Open Hand Shop is a good option if you are looking to buy natural, hand-made products like recycled paper, organic fabrics and wooden products. Bhadohi, which is a little town that is located some 40 km from the city of Varanasi is famous for its carpets. These handmade carpets sport Persian designs, floral finery and other designs. But, if you don't want to get too far from Varanasi, then Thatheri Bazaar houses many shops that sell handmade woven carpets.

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