Amidst all the chaos and confusion of Varanasi, food is one thing which instills some sense of order, with its simple yet mouthwatering flavors dominating a lot of other experiences one has in the city. Varanasi’s food is defined by its place in Hindu culture and tradition, its regional influences (Eastern Uttar Pradesh and proximity to Bihar), the influx of foreign visitors and their will to explore its cultural nuances, and above all its relationship with the river Ganga.
Varanasi, Banaras or Kashi, the new battleground for politicians, is the oldest urban agglomeration in the world. Located on the banks of River Ganga, Varanasi is considered a holy city by the Hindus. It is amongst the most sacred tourist spots of India, a city flooded with temples, a city soaked in culture and a city that has stood since the beginning of time. Talk of what not it’s renowned for; from the luxurious ‘Banarasi silk saris’, ‘ivory work’ to the quintessential ‘Banarasi Paan’ , from the refreshing holy dip at the famous ‘Ghats’ of the Ganga to the legendary Ganga Aarti, Banaras is not just a city, it’s an experience.
A microcosm of Hinduism, a city of glory, traditions & art, Varanasi is also a nirvana for foodies. Food here is entirely vegetarian with importance given to nip, reason being, it’s religious orientation.
Varanasi can surprise you with a wide array of mouth-watering delicacies to savour your palette. Varanasi is not only popular for its sanctity but also the different traditional variety of food you find here. The streets of Varanasi present you with the most famous food and various specialities unique to this city.
Varanasi cuisine is definitely worth a bite while touring this city and you can enjoy gorging on some lip smacking sweet savouries or spicy treats or simple snacks along the streets and restaurants of Varanasi. The traditional mix of Uttar Pradesh with a touch of Bihar is something that sets the food in Varanasi apart. The famous snow cone, roasted peanuts, the delicious chat items like Tamatar or Tomato Chat, Pani Puri, Kachoris, Aloo Tikki; Thandai or Lassi, Baati Chokha, variety of Mithais or sweets like Jalebis, Banarasi Kalakand, Rabri, etc. Another famous treat of Banaras is their Paan- almost every local will be seen savouring this speciality of Varanasi made of betel leaf and a mixture of tobacco depending on your taste and preference. Besides the traditional food in Varanasi there are a number of shops that have sprung in the recent past offering continental, western and other India delicacies as well.
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