Located in the same building as the Sahi River View Guesthouse, the Harmony Book Shop is more than just another air conditioned book store - this is a meeting spot for aspiring scholars, hippies, students, artists, researchers and casual tourists. Opened in 1996, visitors are treated to an incredible gamut of books ranging across gender studies, Greek Philosophy, aesthetics, healing, Ayurveda, Islam, Judaism, Kamasutra, politics, Sufism, Taoism, tribal studies and much more. If you are unable to come to Varanasi, fret not! These guys ship internationally so look up their website and place an order.
Established in 2010, this mall is a representation of the slow transition of the historic city. Though not in the same standards of shopping malls in metro cities, the facilities inside are impressive. The multiplex inside has shows of new releases from Hollywood and Bollywood which attracts the style-conscious youth of the city. With underground parking and large food court, this mall is definitely noticeable and adheres to modern sensibilities.
Maharani's Art Palace is a one-stop-shop for those looking to take home souvenirs and gifts from the unforgettable city of Varanasi. Choose from a range of vintage collectibles including ashtrays, candle-holders and pretty lanterns to light up your night. Wall-hangings, statues, art works, photo frames as well as home ware like dishes and bowls can be bought from here.
PDR Mall is yet another of the many malls that have marked the advent of globalization into Varanasi. Locals are proud of the fact that this mall holds 2 cinemas within it which regularly screen the latest Bollywood blockbusters. Centrally air-conditioned and equipped with spacious parking facilities, fast food outlets, a food court, conference halls, MNC designer label shops and high speed elevators, this mall represents the changing face of the city which aggrieves Westerners who wish that capitalism would steer clear from this sacred space. However, the locals don't seem to be complaining!
This shop in Assi Ghat offers travelers a range of products to choose from, whether functional or simply souvenirs to take back. Herbal cosmetics, shawls, natural oils, spices, classical music, DVDs, teas, soaps, artifacts, textiles and books are sold at Wow India. Brands like Himalaya and Biotique are well-represented and have many takers as can be seen by the seemingly endless stocked shelves. Stop by sometime if you are looking for interesting and authentic gifts to take back home! Prices aren't too steep either.
Located right in the heart of Varanasi's hippie haven - Assi Ghat, the Kashi Annapoorna Book House is run by the astute businessman Manish Dixit who has done well in meeting the needs of scholars, researchers and students interested in Indian art, philosophy, religion and lifestyles. Supporting the local arts community, don't be surprised if you come across a photography exhibition by neighborhood teenagers. An interesting collection of music and movies is on sale too. This book shop also stocks Himalaya Ayurvedic products which are a rage with Indophiles abroad going by the sheer number of exports that take place each day.
Varanasi is a beautiful city, filled with color and vibrancy. Dotted with glorious temples as well as other architectural wonders, the city has come to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. The JHV Mall in the city is a popular choice for shoppers. The three-storey shopping hub has stores like Levi's Bata, Provogue, Adidas as well as eating joints such as Mc Donalds and Pizza Hut. For further details, do call the number provided.
One of the earliest shopping arcades to be established in the ancient city of Varanasi, Kuber AC Market still retains the charm of its olden days. Though the prominence is a little blurred with the setting up of a lot of new-age shopping malls, there is still a steady share of appreciation for this place from a select class. The white, tasteful building holds a diamond store, the popular clothing brand Raymond, Mellow Bakers and a few outlets of different mobile phone operators.