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    Not as quick as India Rail thats for sure.

    by Hmmmm Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Donkey having a breather. Pic: Aaron Irving

    Travelling quickly and easily around India as we have already established is a dream with Government sponsored India Rail, the Air India and Jet Air airpasses, sleeper buses, express buses, bus buses, Ambassador cars and those munty, polluting Enfield Motorbikes. There are definately better ways to travel than mounting a slow slow slow donkey. Yet I have seen many indians doing just that.

    The two beasties in the picture seem to be working donkeys. Beasts of burden. Poor little blighters. But they look like they are having a chat so that is cool huh! I like Donkeys they are fab!

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    Tuk-tuk

    by illumina Updated Apr 10, 2010

    To get from the train station into the town you'll need to take a taxi or auto-rickshaw - we chose the later, which even though smaller than a taxi could only take us as far as a roundabout 100yards or so from Dasaswamedh Ghat. This is because larger vehicles aren't allowed into the back alleys (only motorbikes can get through), and nothing at all on the ghats.

    The price should be around 20INR, though drivers will ask for a lot more - ours started at 70rupees.

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    Where taxis won't go

    by lynnehamman Written Oct 1, 2009

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    Varanasi is filled with narrow winding lanes and alleyways. Some hotels are only accessible by Autorickshaw. When booking an hotel, always check if they can be reached by taxi.
    Autorickshaws are able to navigate the narrow lanes, and are cheap as chips.
    Good for getting around if you tire from walking. Negotiate a fee before departure, and make sure that driver understands exactly where you wish to go to. Most drivers can understand English.

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    To Varanasi- by train

    by lynnehamman Updated Nov 15, 2008

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    Indian Railways

    There are trains to Varanasi from all major cities in India. We went overnight on Train number 2560 , which is overnight from Delhi. Train leaves at 18.60 and arrives at Varanasi 07.30am.
    we travelled which sleeps two and has a door which can be locked.
    Also available is 2AC- sleeping 4- with curtains for privacy.
    The trains in India are a reliable and safe way to get from one destination to another. They are usually comfortable, and we have never have any problems.
    One bit of advice - Always take along a toilet roll. There seems to always be a shortage of lack of this much needed western commodity.

    Distance from Delhi is 776km

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    Transportation

    by 8eight8 Written Jul 8, 2008

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    Auto rickshaws and cycle rickshaws are the most widely available public transport within Varanasi. In outer regions of the city, mini-buses are common. Small boats and small steamers are used to cross the river Ganga.

    Varanasi is well connected by air, rail and buses with all the main Indian cities. Its distance from Delhi is 776 km. The Babatpur airport is about 25 km from the city center (about 45 minutes by taxi) and it is well connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, and Nepal. All the major domestic Indian carriers, including Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, Indian, Spicejet, and Alliance Air operate from here.

    One of the major factors in Varanasi's sustained existence as an inhabited city is its role as an established transportation hub between different cities. Dating to ancient times, the city was connected to cities like Taxila, Gazipur, Pataliputra, Vaishali, Ayodhya, Gorakhpur, Agra etc.

    The city was connected by a single road from Taxila going through Pataliputra during the Mauryan empire. This road was later renovated and extended by Sher Shah Suri during the 16th century and later came to be known as the famous Grand Trunk Road. (source needed)

    The traffic is slow inside the city.

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    GETTING TO AND AROUND VARANASI

    by alecua Written Jul 6, 2008

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    GETTING TO VARANASI:

    BY TRAIN

    Trains are the easiest and most likely way that you'll reach Varanasi, with multiple daily services to cities including Delhi, Agra, Lucknow and Kolkata.

    Most trains arrive at Varanasi Junction station (Station Code: BSB), but there are a few other stations in and around the city so be sure to check which station your train arrives at. Many of the faster trains including the Shatabdi/Rajdhani Express leave from Mughal Serai station, about 15 km east of the city (around 45 minutes to an hour away in a rickshaw).

    BY BUS

    There are daily buses to the Nepali border and other points around northern India. Local buses leave from the main bus station near the train station, almost every hour in the morning and one in the evening, to Gorakhpur (5-6 hrs, Rs 120), from where buses leave to the Nepali border at Sonauli (~3 hrs, Rs 56).

    There are buses run by state government from Lucknow (8hrs), Kanpur (9hrs - Rs. 195) and Allahabad(3hrs - Rs. 88)

    BY PLANE

    Varanasi Airport (IATA: VNS) is about 25km from the city center. Indian Airlines, Air Sahara, Jet Airways, Kingfisher and SpiceJet all have daily flights to Delhi and there are daily flights to Mumbai on Air Sahara ,Indian Airlines and SpiceJet.

    Allow plenty of time to get to the airport, it can take an hour or more depending on traffic. A taxi should run around Rs 200-250 or about Rs 125 in an auto-rickshaw, but most drivers will want to charge double since they will likely be coming back empty. If it suits your schedule there is a daily bus at 10:00am that leaves from Hotel India and costs Rs 50.

    GET AROUND

    Many of the sights are in the tiny narrow winding alleys of the waterfront. Rickshaws are only useful for longer trips across town or to the train stations. A cycle-rickshaw from the Junction train station to Dasaswamedh Ghat (or Godaulia if the road is closed) should cost Rs 20. From Godaulia to Assi Ghat is Rs 10. Taxis exist but traffic makes them impractical. There is a pre-paid auto-rickshaw stand at the Varanasi Junction (Cantt) train station.

    By foot is the only way to see the waterfront and the ghats but be ready to be hot, sweaty, and lost - locals are usually happy to point you in the right direction. The names of ghats and signs pointing to restaurants and hotels are often painted on the walls in Roman letters.

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    From Delhi to Varanasi

    by vdadu Written Jun 22, 2008

    Varanasi...initially known as Banaras...is in Uttar Pradesh state of India. Tamil Nadu is in the very South of India whereas Varanasi is in the Northern Part of India...The rough distance between to places will be >2100km.

    Kashi Viswanath Temple is very near to the banks of River Ganga and is considered to be one of the oldest and sacred place for Hindus.

    U may catch Kashi Vishwanath Express (Train) from New Delhi which starts at 1330hrs and reaches Varanasi at around 0600hrs next day.

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    Uk to Varanasi

    by Maxus Written May 30, 2008

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    If you Google the journey any of the usual flight mongers will give you the various flight schedules. From the UK you will probably need into fly into Delhi (or Mumbai) first, which will take you around nine hours, after that it’s about an hour and a half flight to Varanasi, changing planes will take an hour at least, so with perfect timing you might possibly do take-off to touch down in around 12 hours, realistically the two flights are likely to take 14 hours plus.
    Then there is getting through customs, security etc and getting to and from the airport etc at both ends so realistically you’re might be looking at the best part of 24 hours and when you arrive you could well be tired. It will save no end of hassle to have your accommodation booked in advance, most places will arrange someone to collect you from the airport for the around same price as a taxi.
    You could of course spend some time in Delhi and take a train from there (it wouldn’t be India if you didn’t use the railway) the websites below will give you all the info you need for using India’s wonderful railways.

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    Auto Rickshaws

    by Hyrapiet Written May 18, 2008
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    If you want to tour all the places I have mentioned, namely Sarnath, Ramnagar Fort and the Ghats. It is an all day tour. Get an auto rickshaw from near the railway station and they will take you to all 3 locations and wait for you as well to be done. The total cost of the trip is not more than Rs. 300 per auto rickshaw. Tips are always welcome, so perhaps Rs. 50 more could be given as a goodwill gesture.

    A boat ride on the Ganges to witness the cremations costs around Rs. 200 for a personal family ride. Again tips on this trip are welcome as well.

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    Auto rickshaw and guide

    by mrotsmit Updated May 1, 2008
    Yes, it is crazy

    We hired our autorickshaw driver to be our guide for 2 days, turned out to be an excellent idea. Maybe not all of them are good/honest, ours was, his name is Babalu. Give him a call before you arrive at the station/airport.
    I worked out the entire price beforehand to avoid any later haggling.
    Really helps having a local to get you into the key temples at the right time too.

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    Transportation In Holy City Of Varanasi

    by kmohandas Written Apr 22, 2008

    Ghats are not very far from railway station. You can take a taxi or auto riksha or even a cycle riksha. Cycle riksha may charge INR 15 to 20. Distance is nearly 4 kms.
    From ghat you may visit famous Kasi Viswanath Temple. You may have to stand long hours in "Q" to get an entry to temple. From temple you may go to shopping centres on foot.

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  • Reliable rickshaw in varanasi

    by lucbrun Written Sep 15, 2007

    It is sometime difficult to find an honnest, trustful, and reliable rickshaw driver in India. I found one, very nice guy and decided to help him. I build this webpage (http://monu.lignes-cardinales.fr) to support him.
    If you are in Varanasi, let him help you to avoid tourist traps.

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    A boatride

    by Rupanworld Written Jul 23, 2007

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    The best way to see Varanasi ghats is a boatride starting from Ghat 1 to Ghat 100. One has to bargain for the price however. The best time is early morning (if you wish to see the ghats) or duskfall (if you wish to see the diyas lit along the ghats, a wonderful view)

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    By train

    by Rupanworld Written Jul 16, 2007

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    Enjoying a cosy sleep on upper bunk of the train

    It is easy to reach Varanasi by train and the best. You can take a train to Varanasi itself or to the junction Mughal Sarai. Mughal Sarai is India's largest train junction and is worth a see in itself. So if you fail to get a confirmed ticket in a train to Varanasi, just check out a train to Mughal Sarai. All trains passing through this station halt here, for 15 to 30 minutes. There are hundreds of trains from all part of India to Mughal Sarai every day. From Mughal Sarai station, just take an autorickshaw (a threewheeler mini carriage motorvan) to Varanasi. It will take just 30 minutes and you will also enjoy the ride. However, such a carriage is not for those travellers carrying huge luggage.

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    Auto Rick to Sarnath

    by Willettsworld Written Jul 4, 2007

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    I took an auto rickshaw to Sarnath, located about 10km north of Varanasi where Buddha preached his message of the middle way to nirvana. I agreed a price of Rs150 with my driver before we set off which included the trip there, waiting time and the trip back. Considering I spent about 2 hours visiting and the journey there and back was another 45 minutes or so, this wasn't a bad price.

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