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    Default India, Varanasi... Please advise :)

    Hi all brothers and sisters...

    i am planning to make a 3 weeks trip to Varanasi in June this year... right now i am looking at the possible plans to make it a more fruitful trip... hope to get some advice from those who went there before... listed below are some questions that i need to understand more...

    1. How to get there? right now i know that i can get a flight to New Delhi and then take a domestic flight.
    2. Recommended places to stay? looking at a budget to mid-range hotel as i will be most likely staying there for the whole 3 weeks. somewhere nearer to the river will be fantastic...
    3. Possible itineraries? Places of interest and possible areas i can go... hope to be able to see and experience as much as possible

    right now that all i can think of... hope i can get some advice from you all...

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    any reason for staying at varanasi for three weeks?

    i was there in december 09 for only two nights. flew in from khajuraho. stayed at ganpati guesthouse (http://www.ganpatiguesthouse.com/) by the river - cheap and clean (well, by indian standards). besides the boat trip and people watching at dawn and the enchanting evening puja, i can't remember what else i did. also did a half-day trip to sarnath, which i find boring. overall impression of varanasi - dirty and smelly, not to mention the rudest people i encountered in the entire month i spent in india, but the sights and sounds by the river dusk and dawn makes it all worthwhile.

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    domestic flight can book Spicejet. its pretty decent la.
    One thing about indian airport. Its quite stupid one, u can anyhow go in and out of the terminal. The security will check at the door, they are very strict about it. Once u enter the terminal, u cannot exit until u fly. Very very =_=...

    Whole of india: very very dirty. Smelly still alright. I cant find a spot in india which is really clean. cows walking about, dung everywhere.

    Food wise: eat only at restaurants, but sometimes restaurants also dangerous, i fell seriously ill after a meal, and really was damn weak for 3 days. And everyday is masala chicken or lamb.. u cant really find pork or beef in india, or any other type of cuisine, which is irritating after a week, u start to miss singapore food...

    havent been to varanasi though, so i cant comment on that place.. been to rajasthan and agra.
    Taj is a must visit. Just beware of conman lurking around the compound. i got cheated there. LOL... yea. ALWAYS bargain when u buy things there.

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    Default Re: India, Varanasi... Please advise :)

    Quote Originally Posted by galacticnick View Post
    any reason for staying at varanasi for three weeks?

    i was there in december 09 for only two nights. flew in from khajuraho. stayed at ganpati guesthouse (http://www.ganpatiguesthouse.com/) by the river - cheap and clean (well, by indian standards). besides the boat trip and people watching at dawn and the enchanting evening puja, i can't remember what else i did. also did a half-day trip to sarnath, which i find boring. overall impression of varanasi - dirty and smelly, not to mention the rudest people i encountered in the entire month i spent in india, but the sights and sounds by the river dusk and dawn makes it all worthwhile.
    thanks for the recommendation for the guesthouse... i will look into it...


    Quote Originally Posted by yamcake View Post
    domestic flight can book Spicejet. its pretty decent la.
    One thing about indian airport. Its quite stupid one, u can anyhow go in and out of the terminal. The security will check at the door, they are very strict about it. Once u enter the terminal, u cannot exit until u fly. Very very =_=...

    Whole of india: very very dirty. Smelly still alright. I cant find a spot in india which is really clean. cows walking about, dung everywhere.

    Food wise: eat only at restaurants, but sometimes restaurants also dangerous, i fell seriously ill after a meal, and really was damn weak for 3 days. And everyday is masala chicken or lamb.. u cant really find pork or beef in india, or any other type of cuisine, which is irritating after a week, u start to miss singapore food...

    havent been to varanasi though, so i cant comment on that place.. been to rajasthan and agra.
    Taj is a must visit. Just beware of conman lurking around the compound. i got cheated there. LOL... yea. ALWAYS bargain when u buy things there.
    thanks for the advise on conman i will take that into consideration... will look at Spicejet too...
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