IMPORTANT TOURIST INFORMATION

BANKS /MONEY CHANGERS

State Bank of India, Cantt, Varanasi State Bank of India, Banaras Handu University, Varanasi. Indian Overseas Bank, Lahurabir Varanasi. Bank of Baroda, Godowlia, Varanasi. Allahabad Bank, Nadeser,Varanasi. Allahabad Bank, Chowk, Varanasi. Central Bank of India, Chowk, Varanasi. Canara bank, Bansphatak, Varanasi. IDBI Bank, Arihant Complex, Sigra, Varanasi HDFC Bank , Arihant Complex, Sigra, Varanasi ICICI Bank , Gyanwapi Chowk, Varanasi Punjab National Bank, Lahurabir ,Varanasi

HOSPITALS

S.P.G. Hospital, Kabirchaura, Varanasi. Phone: (S.S.L. Hospital, BHU, Varanasi (0542)- 2312542-45
Ram Krishna Mission Hospital, Luxa (0542)-2391727
Mata AnandMai Hospital, Bhadaini Phone (0542)-2310592
Govt. Hospital, Shivpur. Varanasi (0542)-2282226
Hindu Seva Sadan, Chowk..Varanasi (0542)-2412143
Marwari Hospital, Godowlia, Varanasi (0542)-2321456
Cancer Institute, NE Railway, Lahartara (0542)-2425338

TOURIST INFORMATION OFFICES

Regional Tourist Office, U.P.Tourism. Parade Kothi, Cantt. Ph:(0542)-2206638, 2208413 U.P. Tourist Office, Sarnath.Open: 10 a.m.- 5 pm. Closed on Sundays and Govt.holidays. U.P.Government Tourist Information Counter.Varanasi Cantt, Railway Station, Near Enquiry Office , Main Hall. (Opens daily 6 am.-8 pm.) Ph: (0542)-2346370 Railway Tourism. Ph: (0542)-2506670 Govt.Of India Tourist Office.15B, The Mall Cantt.Varanasi. Ph: (0542)-2501784 Govt. Of India Tourist Information Counter,Babatpur Airport, Varanasi.

TRAVEL AGENTS & TOUR/COACH OPERATORS

The city has numerous travel agents and tour operators. Some of them are
Cosmic Travels & Movers, Varuna Bridge (0542)-2502246, 2504526
Ashok Tour & Travel, Indian Airlines Building Cantt,Varanasi. (0542)- 2503432
Surbhi Travels & Tours Cooperative Building Nadeser (0542)-2502664
Tour Aids, Hotel India Travels Assistance, Varuna Bridge ,Varanasi (0542)-2502954
Travel Corporation Of India. Varuna Travels, Pandey Haweli (0542)-2393371-72
Approved tourist guides for local sight seeing may be hired through the Govt. Of India Tourist Office.

RESTAURANTS

Varanasi’s various restaurants searve a variety of cuisines- continental, chinese, indian and of course, the traditional 'Mughlai' . Mandarin Restaurant, Parade Kothi Winfa restaurant, Lahurabeer Shahi restaurant, near rathyatra cross Yelchico Bar & restaurant, near Sigra crossing Amrapali, D.58/9 Varanasi. Aashiyana Restaurant , Varuna bridge, Haveli Restaurant, The Mall cantt. Ayyar`s Cafe, Banaras Lodge, Dashaswamedha Road, Varanasi Annapurna Restaurant, Piplani Katra Lahurabir Kerala Cafe , Bhelupur, Varanasi Kesari Restaurant, Godowlia Varanasi

SHOPPER`S PARADISE

Varanasi has, since times immemorial, been hailed as a premier centre for some of the finest handicrafts. The most renowned craft of the city is silk weaving. ‘Baranasi Sarees’ produced by local craftsman are among the most preferred, not only in India but across the world. Brassware, copperware, ivorywork , glass bangles, wood and clay toys and exquisite gold jewellery are some of the other crafts the city is famous for. Bhadohi Carpets and musical instruments are among the other shopping attractions.

SHOPPING See Also:

Banarasi Saree Handicrafts of Varanasi Varanasi is famous for it silk weaving, and Banarsi silk are a part of every gril’s trousseau. Banaras brocades are prized the world over. Brassware, Copperware, Wooden ,Clay toys and Exquisite gold jewellery are some of the other crafts the city is famous for. The hand-knotted carpets Mirzapur and Bhadohi and musical instruments are among the other shopping attractions. Banaras is also famous for its ‘Langda Aam’, a variety of mangoes available in the summer. Betel life is also a speciality. The main shopping areas are Chowk, Vishwanath Gali, Thatheri Bazar, Lahurabir, Godoulia, Dashswamedh Gail, Golghar and Dalmandi.

GOVT. EMPORIA

UPICA, Nadesar U.P. Handlooms – Lahurabir & Nichi Bagh Tantuj-Bengal Emporium, Dashashwamedh Road Handloom House, Sigra.