While Varanasi is basically a holy city, it is also home to the famous Benaras Silk, the Gulabari Meenakari, and Crystal Shivlings. Just wander along the by-lanes of Varanasi, visit the local markets and keep a look-out for authentic products, especially if you are looking to buy Benaras Silk.
Some of the most visited and renowned markets of Varanasi are the Godowlia Market and the Vishwanath Gali.
If you love bargains and the charm of shopping at street markets and flea markets, then Godowlia Market is the place for you. One of the oldest and busiest street markets of Varanasi, the Godowlia Market offers an enthralling shopping experience and access to just about every product available in Varanasi – right from the rich Benaras Silk sarees to beautiful glass bangles, accessories and bags to shoes, and even hardware and financial services!!!
The market is located quite close to the famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple and requires a rickshaw ride or a walk by foot. Be aware that the market is quite crowded with shoppers at all times, so keep track of all your belongings and bargaining hard to avoid paying a hefty amount for a nominal priced product.
The lane leading to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple is famous as the Vishwanath Gali and in this street you will come across some of the best shops of Varanasi. Its location in the main street that is thronged by devotees and tourists alike is one of its strong points that make it a booming success.
Even those who come here just to visit the temple end up buying something of the other. On both sides of the street, you will find lines and lines of shops and stalls selling an array of products – right from Ganesha idols and rudraksha malas to gaily-coloured attires, cotton kurtis, clothes for gods and goddesses as well as music CDs and wooden toys.
Benaras sarees as well as sweet shops and street food outlets can also be found here.