Eco-Friendly Tourism

Varanasi Walks

in Varanasi, India
Our Walks

Our Walks

Walk 1 <span>Southern Temples & Sacred Ponds</span>

Walk 1 Southern Temples & Sacred Ponds

A walk through the mystical landscape of poets, sacred temples and holy ponds near Assi ghat, the southernmost embankment of the holy Ganga river. Walk in the footsteps of 16th century Banaras poet and mystic Pandit Goswami Tulsidas, translator of the sacred Ramanyana text.

You will hear about the history and special culture of Varanasi while visiting the Southern temple established by Tulsidas! The walk ends with a special darshan, meaning ‘taking sight’ of a hidden sun temple behind his home.



Cost

Rs. 1600/- per person (1-2)
Rs. 1400/- per person (3-4)
Rs. 1200/- per person (5-6)

Schedule

This walk can be booked anytime between 7:00-20:00. If you have special requirements just ask and we will do our best to assist you!

Need a Lift?

We can pick you up from your hotel on a cycle rickshaw
(additional INR 250/person for riverside hotels & INR 500/person for city hotels + transport costs ).


  • The perfect activity for a solo woman traveller. As a solo woman traveling for the first time in Varanasi, hiring a guide from the Varanasi Walks was the best decision. Walking with Nomi allowed me to understand, discover and feel Varanasi in a way that would of not been possible on my own.

    Sofie, Montreal, Canada
  • Incredible! Best way to experience Varanasi! There is no other way to experience Varanasi – taking a Varanasi Walks Tour is a MUST! Anyone visiting Varanasi should book a tour with Varanasi Walks – it is worth it 10,000 times.

    Arista, Roodepoort, South Africa
  • Well worth the money! What fabulous tours! I totally enjoyed all of the tours I arranged through Varanasi Walks which included two boat tours and two walking tours. The tours were well paced and my guide Mr. Amrit was a wealth of information. I learned so much about Hindi traditions, Varanasi culture and history.

    Christine, Indiana, USA

Where to meet

Harmony Bookshop is just off the main BHU road (Malviya Road) at the end of Asi Ghat Road. Follow Asi Ghat Road down toward the river. You can ask any passerby.

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Walk 2 <span>The Pilgrims Riverside</span>

Walk 2 The Pilgrims Riverside

Winding through the streets and popping out onto the riverside will give you an insiders look at the symbiotic life of the old pilgrim alleys of Varanasi.

Eventually you will end up on Bengali Tola, the street of the Bengalis, visiting hidden Mother Goddess Kali shrines and the vistas of life along the riverside. The tour ends at the historic ritual bathing site called Dasashwamedh, the ten-horse sacrifice ghat.



Cost

Rs. 1600/- per person (1-2)
Rs. 1400/- per person (3-4)
Rs. 1200/- per person (5-6)

Schedule

This walk can be booked anytime between 7:00-20:00. If you have special requirements just ask and we will do our best to assist you!

Need a Lift?

We can pick you up from your hotel on a cycle rickshaw
(additional INR 250/person for riverside hotels & INR 500/person for city hotels + transport costs ).


  • The perfect activity for a solo woman traveller. As a solo woman traveling for the first time in Varanasi, hiring a guide from the Varanasi Walks was the best decision. Walking with Nomi allowed me to understand, discover and feel Varanasi in a way that would of not been possible on my own.

    Sofie, Montreal, Canada
  • Incredible! Best way to experience Varanasi! There is no other way to experience Varanasi – taking a Varanasi Walks Tour is a MUST! Anyone visiting Varanasi should book a tour with Varanasi Walks – it is worth it 10,000 times.

    Arista, Roodepoort, South Africa
  • Well worth the money! What fabulous tours! I totally enjoyed all of the tours I arranged through Varanasi Walks which included two boat tours and two walking tours. The tours were well paced and my guide Mr. Amrit was a wealth of information. I learned so much about Hindi traditions, Varanasi culture and history.

    Christine, Indiana, USA

Where to meet

Bread of Life Bakery is located in the Shivala Ghat area just north of Ratnakar Park. It is opposite of Aggarwal Radio, a wellknown shop in the Shivala area.

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Walk 3 <span>City of Light</span>

Walk 3 City of Light

Beginning at the cosmic centre of Kashi, the city of light, you will get familiar with rite and ritual by exploring ancient pathways to the temples and mosques of Hindus & Muslims. Observe the age old cremation rituals at Manikarnika and hear the story of how all life began!

The walk ends at Varanasi’s Kashi Vishwanath Mandir, which is said to hold the first of the jyotirlingas, the sacred shafts of light in the universe. Come seek the original foundations of the city of light as we traverse winding paths through Shiva’s court!



Cost

Rs. 1600/- per person (1-2)
Rs. 1400/- per person (3-4)
Rs. 1200/- per person (5-6)
(passport required to enter the main temple)

Schedule

This walk can be booked anytime between 7:00-20:00. If you have special requirements just ask and we will do our best to assist you!

Need a Lift?

We can pick you up from your hotel on a cycle rickshaw
(additional INR 250/person for riverside hotels & INR 500/person for city hotels + transport costs ).


  • The perfect activity for a solo woman traveller. As a solo woman traveling for the first time in Varanasi, hiring a guide from the Varanasi Walks was the best decision. Walking with Nomi allowed me to understand, discover and feel Varanasi in a way that would of not been possible on my own.

    Sofie, Montreal, Canada
  • Incredible! Best way to experience Varanasi! There is no other way to experience Varanasi – taking a Varanasi Walks Tour is a MUST! Anyone visiting Varanasi should book a tour with Varanasi Walks – it is worth it 10,000 times.

    Arista, Roodepoort, South Africa
  • Well worth the money! What fabulous tours! I totally enjoyed all of the tours I arranged through Varanasi Walks which included two boat tours and two walking tours. The tours were well paced and my guide Mr. Amrit was a wealth of information. I learned so much about Hindi traditions, Varanasi culture and history.

    Christine, Indiana, USA

Where to meet

Indica Books Indica Books is located just south of Godolia round-a-bout, near the Dasaswmedh Ghat area.

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Walk 4 <span>Northern Bazaars & Hidden Alleys</span>

Walk 4 Northern Bazaars & Hidden Alleys

Few tourists ever wind there way through the bazaars in the Northern alleys of the old city where you will find hidden alleys leading directly through the sacred zone of Banaras to the oldest sites of the city.

As you enter the lanes of the Northern part of the city you will get to peep inside the shops, temples and lives of people who have never left their street for years. This bazaar has so many twists and turns we even get confused, but that is what makes it so great, come get lost with us!



Cost

Rs. 1600/- per person (1-2)
Rs. 1400/- per person (3-4)
Rs. 1200/- per person (5-6)

Schedule

This walk can be booked anytime between 7:00-20:00. If you have special requirements just ask and we will do our best to assist you!

Need a Lift?

We can pick you up from your hotel on a cycle rickshaw
(additional INR 250/person for riverside hotels & INR 500/person for city hotels + transport costs ).


  • The perfect activity for a solo woman traveller. As a solo woman traveling for the first time in Varanasi, hiring a guide from the Varanasi Walks was the best decision. Walking with Nomi allowed me to understand, discover and feel Varanasi in a way that would of not been possible on my own.

    Sofie, Montreal, Canada
  • Incredible! Best way to experience Varanasi! There is no other way to experience Varanasi – taking a Varanasi Walks Tour is a MUST! Anyone visiting Varanasi should book a tour with Varanasi Walks – it is worth it 10,000 times.

    Arista, Roodepoort, South Africa
  • Well worth the money! What fabulous tours! I totally enjoyed all of the tours I arranged through Varanasi Walks which included two boat tours and two walking tours. The tours were well paced and my guide Mr. Amrit was a wealth of information. I learned so much about Hindi traditions, Varanasi culture and history.

    Christine, Indiana, USA

Where to meet

Chowk police station is located just pased the entrance of Dal Mandi baazar, south of Prahlad Paan Shop.

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Chowk Police Station

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Chowk Police Station 25.313397, 83.011038

 

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Walk 5 <span>Courtyards & Courtesans</span>

Walk 5 Courtyards & Courtesans

Walk with us into the alleys of the Ansari weavers, sari makers and see the beautiful detail work done by hand in homes and courtyards by traditional Banaras artisans.

You will also see people handcrafting images of gods & goddesses and stretching silk strings to be woven in the park. As you walk through the inner lanes you will end up strolling down Dal Mandi, the former courtesan’s street which is now a vibrant Muslim bazaar!



Cost

Rs. 1600/- per person (1-2)
Rs. 1400/- per person (3-4)
Rs. 1200/- per person (5-6)
Bharat Kala Bhavan BHU
(Additional fee)

Rs. 400/- per person (1-4) Rs. 200/- per person (5-6)

Schedule

This walk can be booked anytime between 7:00-20:00. If you have special requirements just ask and we will do our best to assist you!

Need a Lift?

We can pick you up from your hotel on a cycle rickshaw
(additional INR 250/person for riverside hotels & INR 500/person for city hotels + transport costs ).


  • The perfect activity for a solo woman traveller. As a solo woman traveling for the first time in Varanasi, hiring a guide from the Varanasi Walks was the best decision. Walking with Nomi allowed me to understand, discover and feel Varanasi in a way that would of not been possible on my own.

    Sofie, Montreal, Canada
  • Incredible! Best way to experience Varanasi! There is no other way to experience Varanasi – taking a Varanasi Walks Tour is a MUST! Anyone visiting Varanasi should book a tour with Varanasi Walks – it is worth it 10,000 times.

    Arista, Roodepoort, South Africa
  • Well worth the money! What fabulous tours! I totally enjoyed all of the tours I arranged through Varanasi Walks which included two boat tours and two walking tours. The tours were well paced and my guide Mr. Amrit was a wealth of information. I learned so much about Hindi traditions, Varanasi culture and history.

    Christine, Indiana, USA

Where to meet

Bread of Life Bakery is located in the Shivala Ghat area just north of Ratnakar Park. It is opposite of Aggarwal Radio, a wellknown shop in the Shivala area.

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Bread of Life Bakery 25.296020, 83.004509

 

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Walk 6 <span>Death & Rebirth in Banaras</span>

Walk 6 Death & Rebirth in Banaras

Walk with us through the city of learning & burning and see Banaras when it is known as ‘Mahashamstana’, the great cremation ground of Shiva. It is here will you will traverse from the land of the living to the houses of the dying.

Perhaps an encounter with a black-clothed flesh-eating sadhu of the Aghor Ashram will give you will a taste of death and rebirth! If you chose the daytime version a small puja at the Sankata Devi Temple (the goddess of sorrows & a demon slayer) is participated in. If you chose to do this walk at night it ends with a visit for the 10:30 – 11:15pm Sankata Devi ritual worship service!



Cost

Rs. 1600/- per person (1-2)
Rs. 1400/- per person (3-4)
Rs. 1200/- per person (5-6)
Sankata Devi Ritual Worship service addition
Rs. 200/- per person (1-2) Rs. 100/- per person (3-4)

Schedule

This walk can be booked anytime between 7:00-20:00. If you have special requirements just ask and we will do our best to assist you!

Need a Lift?

We can pick you up from your hotel on a cycle rickshaw
(additional INR 250/person for riverside hotels & INR 500/person for city hotels + transport costs ).


  • The perfect activity for a solo woman traveller. As a solo woman traveling for the first time in Varanasi, hiring a guide from the Varanasi Walks was the best decision. Walking with Nomi allowed me to understand, discover and feel Varanasi in a way that would of not been possible on my own.

    Sofie, Montreal, Canada
  • Incredible! Best way to experience Varanasi! There is no other way to experience Varanasi – taking a Varanasi Walks Tour is a MUST! Anyone visiting Varanasi should book a tour with Varanasi Walks – it is worth it 10,000 times.

    Arista, Roodepoort, South Africa
  • Well worth the money! What fabulous tours! I totally enjoyed all of the tours I arranged through Varanasi Walks which included two boat tours and two walking tours. The tours were well paced and my guide Mr. Amrit was a wealth of information. I learned so much about Hindi traditions, Varanasi culture and history.

    Christine, Indiana, USA

Where to meet

Harmony Bookshop is just off the main BHU road (Malviya Road) at the end of Asi Ghat Road. Follow Asi Ghat Road down toward the river. You can ask any passerby.

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Harmony Bookshop 25.288551, 83.005925

 

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 Morning (9:00) Afternoon (15:00) Evening (19:00)These are suggested times. To request a different time, please include that in the comments below.

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  • Awesome! Jay took us on one of the walks. Although a US guy he has been the most knowledgeable guide I have had in India. He does not just take you on a sightseeing tour but because of his amazing story teller skills make it an unforgettable sneak peak in to the Indian ways and the Hindu religion.

    Stambini, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Fascinating Walk! Wow! an amazing guide, we had such a good walk, learned a ton and got to see all sorts of things that I would have missed had I been on my own. Can’t recommend it highly enough and if I go back I will definitely walk with him and his group again!

    Matt, USA
  • Beckoned, Bedazzled and Blissful in Banaras! I thank Varanasi walks and especially Mayank for making my trip memorable and enjoyable. I am grateful to Mayank for going along with my whimsical ideas and fancies.

    Suchi, Doha, Qatar

Our Boat Journeys

Boat Journey 1 <span>Subah-e-Banaras Sunrise</span>

Boat Journey 1 Subah-e-Banaras Sunrise

The subah, or morning, is for Banaras! Get up at the crack of dawn with us for this amazing boat journey. As the sun rises you will see those who flock to the riverside for morning worship. Along the way you will hear about the interesting history of the ghats and their patronage by the Maharaja’s who built them.

The adventure ends with a short walking tour around Tulsi ghat’s hidden sun temple. You will come away refreshed and ready for the rest of the day.



Cost

Rs. 1600/- per person (1-2)
Rs. 1400/- per person (3-4)
Rs. 1200/- per person (5-6)

Includes boat charges, water and short walking tour after the boat ride.

Schedule

This boat journey takes place at sunrise. If you have special requirements just ask and we will do our best to assist you!

Need a Lift?

We can pick you up from your hotel on a cycle rickshaw
(additional INR 250/person for riverside hotels & INR 500/person for city hotels + transport costs ).


  • The perfect activity for a solo woman traveller. As a solo woman traveling for the first time in Varanasi, hiring a guide from the Varanasi Walks was the best decision. Walking with Nomi allowed me to understand, discover and feel Varanasi in a way that would of not been possible on my own.

    Sofie, Montreal, Canada
  • Incredible! Best way to experience Varanasi! There is no other way to experience Varanasi – taking a Varanasi Walks Tour is a MUST! Anyone visiting Varanasi should book a tour with Varanasi Walks – it is worth it 10,000 times.

    Arista, Roodepoort, South Africa
  • Well worth the money! What fabulous tours! I totally enjoyed all of the tours I arranged through Varanasi Walks which included two boat tours and two walking tours. The tours were well paced and my guide Mr. Amrit was a wealth of information. I learned so much about Hindi traditions, Varanasi culture and history.

    Christine, Indiana, USA

Where to meet

Harmony Bookshop is just off the main BHU road (Malviya Road) at the end of Asi Ghat Road. Follow Asi Ghat Road down toward the river. You can ask any passerby.

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Harmony Bookshop 25.288551, 83.005925

 

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Boat Journey 2 <span>Ganga’s Evening Aarti</span>

Boat Journey 2 Ganga’s Evening Aarti

Catch an early evening boat ride with us experiencing the mystical worship of the Ganges river. Come and hear about the rituals that have been used for centuries inside temples and in shrines along the river and wander the banks for a short while with us as well!

The magical quality of the evening is showcased with a trip to the eerie cremation grounds of Manikarnika, which burn 24 hours a day, to be seen from both the boat and the shore. All this coupled with a historical walk around the local area will remain with you forever.



Cost

Rs. 1600/- per person (1-2)
Rs. 1400/- per person (3-4)
Rs. 1200/- per person (5-6)

Includes boat charges, water and short walking tour after the boat ride.

Schedule

This boat journey takes place in the evening just before sunset. If you have special requirements just ask and we will do our best to assist you!

Need a Lift?

We can pick you up from your hotel on a cycle rickshaw
(additional INR 250/person for riverside hotels & INR 500/person for city hotels + transport costs ).


  • The perfect activity for a solo woman traveller. As a solo woman traveling for the first time in Varanasi, hiring a guide from the Varanasi Walks was the best decision. Walking with Nomi allowed me to understand, discover and feel Varanasi in a way that would of not been possible on my own.

    Sofie, Montreal, Canada
  • Incredible! Best way to experience Varanasi! There is no other way to experience Varanasi – taking a Varanasi Walks Tour is a MUST! Anyone visiting Varanasi should book a tour with Varanasi Walks – it is worth it 10,000 times.

    Arista, Roodepoort, South Africa
  • Well worth the money! What fabulous tours! I totally enjoyed all of the tours I arranged through Varanasi Walks which included two boat tours and two walking tours. The tours were well paced and my guide Mr. Amrit was a wealth of information. I learned so much about Hindi traditions, Varanasi culture and history.

    Christine, Indiana, USA

Where to meet

Harmony Bookshop is just off the main BHU road (Malviya Road) at the end of Asi Ghat Road. Follow Asi Ghat Road down toward the river. You can ask any passerby.

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Harmony Bookshop 25.288551, 83.005925

 

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Boat Journey 3 <span>Ram’s Lila Maharajah Palace</span>

Boat Journey 3 Ram’s Lila Maharajah Palace

Ram’s Lila will introduce you to a part of the city that is across the river from Varanasi. For centuries the Maharajas of Varanasi have lived outside of the city proper while ruling Varanasi from afar. You will see one of the most beautiful temples in the Varanasi region and check out the slightly musty collection of the Maharajah, including historic motorcars.

The area surrounding the Fort Palace is teeming with interesting people and stories. We trek around the exterior to have a look at the king’s special bathing embankment, meet the fishermen and other locals doing their thing. Our boat will be waiting for us and you can enjoy the return ride as you soak in the things that you have experienced.



Cost

Rs. 2000/- per person (1-2)
Rs. 1500/- per person (3-4)
Rs. 1000/- per person (5-6)

Includes boat charges, water, rickshaw to temple and museum fees.

Schedule

This boat journey can be booked anytime between 9:00-15:00. If you have special requirements just ask and we will do our best to assist you!

Need a Lift?

We can pick you up from your hotel on a cycle rickshaw
(additional INR 250/person for riverside hotels & INR 500/person for city hotels + transport costs ).


  • The perfect activity for a solo woman traveller. As a solo woman traveling for the first time in Varanasi, hiring a guide from the Varanasi Walks was the best decision. Walking with Nomi allowed me to understand, discover and feel Varanasi in a way that would of not been possible on my own.

    Sofie, Montreal, Canada
  • Incredible! Best way to experience Varanasi! There is no other way to experience Varanasi – taking a Varanasi Walks Tour is a MUST! Anyone visiting Varanasi should book a tour with Varanasi Walks – it is worth it 10,000 times.

    Arista, Roodepoort, South Africa
  • Well worth the money! What fabulous tours! I totally enjoyed all of the tours I arranged through Varanasi Walks which included two boat tours and two walking tours. The tours were well paced and my guide Mr. Amrit was a wealth of information. I learned so much about Hindi traditions, Varanasi culture and history.

    Christine, Indiana, USA

Where to meet

Harmony Bookshop is just off the main BHU road (Malviya Road) at the end of Asi Ghat Road. Follow Asi Ghat Road down toward the river. You can ask any passerby.

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Harmony Bookshop

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Harmony Bookshop 25.288551, 83.005925

 

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Our Team

Explorer Jai

Explorer Jai

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Explorer Nandan

Explorer Nandan

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Explorer Mayank

Explorer Mayank

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Explorer Nomi

Explorer Nomi

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Explorer Laotse

Explorer Laotse

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Explorer Pappu

Explorer Pappu

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Explorer Amrit

Explorer Amrit

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Explorer Devesh

Explorer Devesh

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Explorer Jai

Explorer Jai

Founder / Guide

Jai loves searching out the hidden alleys of the city and looking for redemptive metaphors while chatting up anyone from the local milkman to the temple priest. He is the former director of a Hindu Studies & Hindi Language program who cut his teeth in India many years ago working among the desitute and drug addicted in Delhi. His own interests and concern about showing the interior of the city, both geographically and spiritually, lead him to design VaranasiWalks. Jai also helped start banarasyoga.com with DarkLotus for yoga classes & walks. Jai is a life member of INTACH who has resided in India for since 1997.

Explorer Nandan

Explorer Nandan

Guide

Nandan grew up right across from the Ganges River in the lanes of Varanasi and holds a Bachelor degree in Commerce in addition to being a Government of India licensed guide. Raghvendra, or ‘Nandan’, was CNN – IBN ‘Citizen Journalist’ award winner of the year for breaking a story on corruption in tourism. He runs his own Groovy tour company and homestay for scholars. Nandan also started an NGO which exists to promote discussion of topics related to education & HIV / AIDS issues. Nandan is always ready to share his incredible insight about Varanasi social issues as well as local Kashi folklore!

Explorer Mayank

Explorer Mayank

Guide

Mayank grew up all over India and completed his studies in Hotel Management while working in ITC Mumbai. Mayank comes from a family of 16 generations of Sikh military. He got tired of slinging drinks in Mumbai and shifted gears to began working with digital filmaking focused on social issues, poetry and music. After moving to Banaras and helping start the alternative media group EspiritoKashi he found himself filming & interviewing people around the city and eventually walking with us! Taking a walk with Mayank will allow you to discover a new way to view of the city with his keen eye and poet’s heart.

Explorer Nomi

Explorer Nomi

Guide

Nomi was born and bred on the mean streets of Assi & Sardegna and spent many years of his highschool and adulthood bouncing between India and Italy. He can often be found working on the local film sets of Varanasi (Gangs of Wassipur & Mohalla Assi). Nomi speaks English, Hindi, Bhojpuri & Italian fluently and is a goldmine of information about cross-cultural issues as well as the modern pulse of the city. If you spend some time with Nomi you will get the inside scoop on what it is like to be Banarasi!

Explorer Laotse

Explorer Laotse

Guide

Laotse is from Assi Ghat and was named after the famous Chinese philosopher. He runs a successful organic bakery selling homemade bread, peanut butter, jams, honey & cakes (also our office!). If you take a walk with this soft-spoken baker with a bent on the philosophical you will certainly learn some local insight into Indian spirituality. Laotse enjoys diving so deep into the narratives of Banaras that we often call him to see if he has surfaced and managed to finish the walk.

Explorer Pappu

Explorer Pappu

Guide

Gurdjieff who is better known as “Pappu” was named after the famous Russian philosopher and is a easygoing mine of information on everything from ritual worship to the latest cricket standings. He is also born & bred in Assi Ghat and looks after his family’s organic bakery. Pappu has worked with foreigners for most of his life with his father’s ashram/meditation centre and with study abroad programs in the city of Varanasi. We roped him into taking our guests out and showing them all the secret places in the city he has found.

Explorer Amrit

Explorer Amrit

Guide

Amrit who is better known as ‘Babu’ was born and brought up in Assi Ghat and he exhibits the true Banarasi qualities of ‘masti’ & ‘mauj’ with his easygoing and carefree nature. He also has a serious side and is actively involved with local NGO’s and is often taking a photographer or team on a full day walk. All this charm and armed with a degree in Economics from Banaras Hindu University makes him a formidable addition to our team. Babu has a large collection of local insights, stories and folklore from his many years of exploring the city.

Explorer Devesh

Explorer Devesh

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Devesh is a member of a historic business family of Varanasi and a Government of India licensed guide. He grew up in various parts of India, as his father worked for the Airports Authority. Devesh graduated from the prestigious St. Stephan’s College of Delhi University (he won’t tell us how long ago!). As one of the most sought after tourist guides in the city this charming and humble guide has a unique ability to communicate not just the historic antiquity but the sense of spiritual grandeur that exudes from the inside lanes and unseen neighborhoods of the old city.

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