The Bed Silk and Pashmina is a treasure trove for the finest silk fabrics and clothing in the holy city. Found at Assi Ghat's Ganga Math, the fabric shop also stocks an exhaustive collection of cotton and pashmina shawls, cushion covers, and scarves. The attendants are extremely courteous and friendly, helping you in choosing the right product as per your needs.
Rajan Silk Store serves as a city landmark, having been established a few decades ago. Made famous for its exhaustive collection of traditional Banaras sarees, dress materials, scarves and other fabrics, the store is owned by the country's renowned textile merchant Mr. Rajan Khanna. Be it the right ethnic outfit for a wedding or formal wear, Rajan Silk Store is sure to impress you with its diverse styles and designs.
Mehrotra Silk Factory has been a Varanasi tradition since the year 1992. This outlet of the silk emporium finds itself on a narrow lane close to the main railway station. The hole-in-the-wall silk boutique is a great place to shop for reasonably priced silk saris, scarves and other garments, all weaved from pure silk. The store stocks an elaborate selection of tailore-made apparel, beautifully diverse in fittings, patterns and designs.
Consistently dishing out a mind-boggling range of fresh and tantalizing traditional sweets since 1968, the family-run Ksheer Sagar uses 100% natural ingredients in all its preparations. Literally translating into Ocean of Milk, this shop does roaring business no matter what time of the day or year. Locals flock here to pick up delicacies such as gulab jamun, jalebi and shrikhand (a sweetened yogurt served with cardamom, pistachios and saffron). If the proof of the pudding is in the tasting, Ksheer Sagar wins in a heartbeat!
Founded by Ruchika Mehrotra, a Master of Fine Arts degree holder from the esteemed Banaras Hindu University, Ruchika Art Gallery is truly a treasure trove of traditional Indian crafts. The talented artists recreates the breathtaking Varanasi ghats on her canvas, while also weaves magic with antique replicas and Ganesha models. The atmosphere at the gallery is quite welcoming and ambient, complete with soothing music being played in the background and the courteous staff bringing you a cup of tea as soon as you walk in.
Vibgyor Impex remains a trusted name when it comes to buying quality accessories and other knickknacks. The specialty store sells an exhaustive collection of glass beads, wooden beads, hand-crafted earrings, jewelry boxes and decorative accents. The store employs highly trained and skilled artisans who are masters of their craft and are also abreast with emerging designs, trends and patterns.
Short for Indraprasth Mall, the IP Mall in Sigra is fast-becoming the pride of the simple folks of Varanasi who have started to wake up to the glamour of globalization. Although tourists seek out the spiritual nature of the ghats, a look at the mall culture is a must to fully comprehend a city in transition which still somehow maintains the delicate balance between tradition and modernity. Giants such as Reebok, Citizen, Sony, Lee, McDonalds, Adidas and Dominoes have marked their presence here and are well-patronized, while the IP Cinemas within offers audiences a comfortable cinematic viewing experience. A play-area with a toy train has been thoughtfully planned out for families with little children.