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Getting there and around...

By air

Indian Airlines flies to Babatpur Airport which is 22 kms. from Sarnath. There is a direct, daily flight connection between Varanasi and New Delhi and also to Kathmandu. Varanasi is also connected by air to Agra, Khajuraho, Calcutta, Bombay, Lucknow and Bhubaneshwar.Following chart shows the name of the airports and their offices along with the telephone number in Vanarasi.

Babatpur Airport Tel :(542)622090.
Indian Airlines office The office is near Hotel de Paris,Cantt Tel : (542)43746, (542)45959. Timings 1000 to 1300 hrs. and 1400 to 1700 hrs.
Air India. Tel :(542)46326, 46457.
Modiluft. Tel : (542)46466.
Sahara India Tel : (542)342355, (542)43094.

Airport City Bus Service : Runs twice daily via Indian Airlines Office and Govt. of India Tourist Office. Charges Rs 25/- one way.

By rail

Varanasi is an important and major rail junction. The city is linked by trains with all metros and major cities across the country - New Delhi (760 Kms.), Bombay (1509 Kms.), Calcutta (735 Kms.), Madras (1970 Kms.) , Lucknow (286 Kms.).There are three railway station - Kashi, City and Varanasi Junction (also known as Varanasi Cantonment), which is the main station and has computerised booking.There are not many trains running directly between here and Delhi or Calcutta but most Delhi to Calcutta trains do pass through Mughal Sarai, 18 km south of Varanasi. This is about 45 minutes by bus or shared autorickshaw.From Varanasi Junction, expresses take 13 to 16 hrs. to Delhi and 13 hours to Calcutta. Other expresses take 28 hrs. to Bombay, 39 hrs. to Madras, 3 hrs. to Allahabad, 41/2 hrs. to Patna, 5 hrs. to Lucknow.Railway reservations at Varanasi Junction (Cantonment) station, Tel : 131, 135. Timings 0800 hrs and 1430 to 2000 hrs. For train information dial : 131.

By road

Varanasi is connected with Calcutta (677 Kms.), Delhi (765 Kms.), Madras (1901 Kms.), Bangalore (1763 Kms.) and to the rest of the country by good motorable, all-weather roads.

Best season

The best season to visit Varanasi is undoubtedly September end - November. This is chiefly on two accounts. Firstly, the weather during these months is rather mellow and secondly, this is the festive season in India, especially the northern plains. So tourists at this time can enjoy the gaiety and splendour that these festivals offer.

Conducted tours

Morning tours :

Organised tours start from the Tourist Bungalow and the Govt. of India Tourist Office, Varanasi. Fare Rs 60/- per person.The morning tour leaves at 6 a.m. and takes you down the Ganges by the ghats, around the various temples and out to the university. The morning tour finishes at 12.15 p.m.

Afternoon tours :

Tours start from the Government of India Tourist Office on the Mall in the afternoon. Tel : 43744. Fare Rs 50/- per person.The afternoon tour commences at 2 p.m. The afternoon tour takes you out to Sarnath. In summer, all tours leaves half an hour earlier. The tourís donít get unconditional recommendations and many people prefer to do things themselves. Organising a boat for sunrise over the ghats is easy and rickshaw-wallahs are keen to get a pre-dawn rendezvous arranged for the trip down to the river. Get them to take you to a large ghat such as Dasaswamedh, since there will be a number of boats to choose from.

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