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    Mehrotra Silk, or any store on Dasasvamedh: All things silk... and more

    by toonhut Written Jul 28, 2013

    Mehrotra Silk is rightfully recommended by Lonely Planet. They have two stores and both are a bit hard to find, and even though it is "straight from the factory," you will do well to negotiate prices. They have all things silk, like saaris, ties, men's kurtas/kaftans, raw silk fabrics, and more.

    But don't do it all from Mehrotra. Try the shops on the very busy and traversed shops of Dasasvamedh Road. Don't disregard these stores just because they are so obvious, like I did. There are dozens of silk stores here and all offer something different and at competitive prices. Check a few before you settle on anything.

    What to pay: Rs200 to 20,000

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    Any corner of Varanasi or the alleys: Chai and Thandai

    by anilpradhanshillong Updated Mar 27, 2012

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    What to buy: You may also like to taste the fabulous ‘chai’ (tea) that is available in almost all street corners and is served in small earthen cups piping hot. It may taste too sweet but one sip and you’ll be asking for more. The other item is ‘thandai’, made of ‘malai’ (cream), milk and special liquid concoctions, the formula of which is as jealously guarded as that of ‘Coca Cola’.

    First Written: Mar. 28, 2012

    What to pay: Rs. 5/- for chai and Rs. 10/- for thandai

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    Sankatha Store: Banaras Silk Saris

    by anilpradhanshillong Updated Mar 27, 2012

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    At the ghats itself. After the evening 'aarti', a bit of shopping; after spiritual satisfaction, some material satiation!

    What to buy: The silk saris of Banaras are known the world over and are priceless family heirlooms, handed down from mother to daughter. In days of yore, these costly items were made costlier by the intricate weaving of gold and silver threads. Not any more. These days the silk threads are lighter but the designs are as exquisite and the colour combinations as vibrant as ever. Of special interest is the close rapport maintained between Kolkata and Varanasi in all matters of saris.

    First Written: Mar. 28, 2012

    What to pay: Rs. 1,000/- to Rs. 1,00,000/- and beyond, if you can afford to.

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    New Rajshree Sweets: Century-old Indian sweeetmeats

    by anilpradhanshillong Written Mar 27, 2012

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    Very reasonable prices. Clean environment. Helpful and polite staff. Free tasting.

    What to buy: Besides the silk saris, the other item Varanasi is famous for is the endless variety of Indian sweetmeats. These just melt in your mouth. There are shops here which have been in business for over a century, if not more.

    First Written: Mar. 28, 2012

    What to pay: Rs. 1,000/- for a variety of sweets - for self and as gifts.

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  • banaras art culture an art gallery: local art of varanasi

    by banarasartculture Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    banaras art culture is located in varanasi at Bhadhani assi area an 275 years old heweli is developed as local art show wonderful creative articals offered as a teracotta bronze silk aroma and paintings ..............................

    What to pay: us$1 to 1 million

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    Mehrotra Silk Factory: Safe Shipping and Sumptuous Silk

    by BudeDude Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    What made this shop so special was that after ordering two sets of silk bedding to be handmade, I left them with the money to cover the cost of the items and for the shipment to the UK. I also left various personal items with them, such as CDs, films and numerous souvenirs to be included in the package (I know, I know: stupid, or what!) When I got back to the UK, some 5 months later, there was the parcel: wonderfully wrapped, and with everything all present and correct, waiting for me. The silk items were absolutely beautiful. There are many silk shops in Varanasi, and I can't say anything about any of the others, but Mehrotra proved themselves to be not only excellent craftsmen, but also scrupulously honest. In my experience, they can be relied upon to provide excellent goods, and trusted to despatch items (even ones they've not supplied) worldwide.

    What to buy: I bought duvets and pillow slips, but they also sell, to quote their invoice:
    Scarves; Table and Cushion Covers; Dress and Furnishing Materials; Raw Silk; Plain and Printer Silk; Sarees and all sorts of handicrafts.

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    U.P. Cottage: shop here!

    by schlumpf Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A great place to shop is the U.P. cottage Emporium, i nthe mittle of Varanasi old city. Yo uwill immediately detect the difference, as here the prices are fixed, and as far as you enter, the owner, a young guy, will offer you a glass of Chai. The ambient is great, morevoer if you are on Varanasi’s street trying to have a shop since few hours...here is quiet, you can simply having a look and get out...no pressure at all! Amazing!
    Those two guys has a lot of stuff, from silk to the traditional musical instruments, silver, bags, clothes and so on..a lot of things to see...The shop has two floor, on the entrance one there are the most touristic stuff, but upstairs there are also few Kalaga, very nice to see!
    Great things to buy are silk bedsheet cover (shoudl not cost more then 30USD), Silk pillow cover (sld not cost more then 2 USD), hand made paper, tshirts and so on... Really great items!
    The quality of the item sold here is very high, and the prices are almoust the same then on the street, but here there is no pressure, you can have a sit and check! Much better!

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    Colourful saris and more

    by MacedonianUK Written Oct 16, 2010

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    Sari,sari,sari & more sari...
    This is Alladin cave full of bright colours, cool cotton and sinful silks...
    You have to excuse the assault on your eyes abut all your other senses go in overdrive.
    if you are in Varanasi, you have to buy silk and cool cottons...
    the best quality of both can be found in Varanasi & the State of Uttar Pradesh...

    What to pay: For nice sari, you can pay as little as Rs400 and go to few thousands.. depends on the quality of the silk and specially on the bead work..
    the Indian ladies appriciate lots of intricate bead work on their saris....

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    hidden street markets: Street markets in Varanasi

    by MacedonianUK Updated Oct 16, 2010

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    Old Varanasi has few small food markets hidden in the maze of the Old city, near the ghats.
    Take aimless walk around the winding streets of the old town and you are bound to stumble upon one, where the local ppl and neighbours do their food shopping.
    The smells and colours are amazing, as the nice and smiling ppl around.

    What to buy: Local veg, flowers, spices...

    What to pay: As little as Rs25 for bag of curry spices and Rs10 for garland of flowers to honour Ganga Ma

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    Ganga Silk: Fixed price Benares silk

    by illumina Written Apr 14, 2010

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    Varanasi (Benares or Banarasi) silk is famous throughout India for its quality, and no Indian bride's trousseau is complete without at least one Banarasi silk sari. If you want to take home a piece for yourself, a good place to start is Ganga Silk, a small fixed-price shop above the Bread of Life Bakery on Shivala Road (you'll see signs on the ghats from around Munshi Ghat heading south).

    Bear in mind that this probably isn't the best place to grab a bargain, but it will give you an idea of what prices should roughly be, and more importantly, what quality to look for. For example I bought an absolutely gorgeous green silk scarf from here - it cost me 600rupees (about 2 nights lodging for me and my partner!), but the quality of it is really fine, I didn't see anything in the back streets to rival it.

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    Ganga Silk: Famous Benares Silk-a must have

    by lynnehamman Updated May 19, 2009

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    Benares Silk is world famous- and of the finest quality. Most Bridal Saris are made from Benares Silk.

    This small shop had in my opinion, a wonderful variety of clothing, mens and womens, made from the famous Benares Silk.The quality of the fabric is outstanding, and the designs and colours were so numerous that it was hard to choose.
    They also stock silk shawls, which make a wonderful gift.
    I browsed for hours, without being hassled, and the owner was very helpful when I needed assistance.

    What to buy: Anything made from silk-
    Shawls, scarves-
    Mens Silk Shirts
    Ladies - loose kurta-like tops, and wrap skirts
    Silk Wall Hangings

    What to pay: I paid R200 for my favourite silk top- the prices are all negoitable.

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    Handloom Silk House: Silk Sari Shop

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Updated Jul 10, 2008

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    Banaras silk sari or shawl is traditionally a single colored textile with motifs and patterns woven in gold or silver threads. The technique is intricate, the procedure complex and demands great expertise .As the warp and the weft are interwoven on the loom, small ,often minute shuttles with gold thread are introduced to form the motif. When the design of the motif is completed, a knot is made and the gold thread cut. The weaving continues until the next design. The smaller the motif or the more intricate the design, the more complex the weaving skills required.

    What to buy: I bought a Sari for my wife.

    What to pay: Ask for the price and verify before you buy anithing.Discount is posible / Bargain till you get Satisfied.

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    Horse shoes

    by Hyrapiet Written May 18, 2008

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    There is no specific shop to buy these items. But you can ask any of the locals where to buy the horse shoes and metal rings.

    What to buy: Horseshoes, considered a good luck charm.
    Metal rings, also used on horses or the keel of a boat
    For smoking enthusiasts, you can buy the chillum. Also available at the same shops near the Ghats

    What to pay: Do not pay more than Rs 40 for the horseshoes and about Rs 100-120 for the chillum

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    Banarasi sarees

    by Rupanworld Written Sep 2, 2007

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    What to buy: While in Varanasi, a look at the richly embroidered silk sarees in the showrooms is a must. Consider a visit to one of the showrooms in the Thateri Bazar area of the city and have a look at the eye catching beauty of the marvellous creations by human hands that every Indian girl goes crazy for. Here are some photos from my collection.

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    Souvenirs: Boats on the river

    by Willettsworld Written Jul 4, 2007

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    You can see in the photo, theree young boys selling souvenirs from their boat to the Japanese tourists in there's. Whenever there's a business opportunity, then they'll be people, however young, trying their best to get a sale.

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