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Indica books, located at the Godowlia Crossing opposite to Sushil Cinema, will enlighten book lovers with an authoritative collection of books about the culture and heritage of India. Indology, the academic name for the study of Indian culture is the most covered area here. A vast collection of resources for researchers, academicians and students are available at this charming store. Do visit this book haven, which lies in proximity to the ghats of Ganges and Kashi Golden Temple.
A local market made famous as a treasure trove of brass products, Thatheri Bazar lies close to the Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple. A walk through its narrow lanes lets you explore the various kinds of brass ornaments and utensils made by the local smiths. The brass water pot, called 'kamandalam', is a popular item sold here. Additionally, one can also shop for intricate minakari accessories, clay pots, copper bowls and hand-made rugs.
Located a few minutes away from the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, the Raj Bandhu Sweet Shop is buzzing with activity during all times of the day. Selling the choicest sweetmeats in town at fixed rates, you can even sample a few of the usual suspects such as gulab jamun, jalebi, motichur laddoo and others. Spicy deep-fried snacks that Indians consume at tea time are also on offer. This shop is hard to miss because of the line of policemen who sit right by the entrance to guard the little streets leading up to the temple.
A bustling market in the heart of the holy city, Vishwanath Gali is where you can find all things local and traditional. While the market largely caters to pilgrims headed to the nearby Kashi Vishwanath Temple, it is also buzzing with a number of shops that sell Banarasi sarees, dress materials, religious books, statues and jewelry. Particularly popular with foreign tourists are brass items and the Rudraksha mala.
When all of the city's locals descend upon one destination to shop for traditional Indian wear during festivals, marriages or auspicious occasions, you know this place is something to reckon with. Kala Niketan commands a huge presence in Varanasi's list of shopping options for saris, lehenga cholis and embroidered garments which make up the wedding trousseau. The rates are slightly on the higher side but you can be assured of quality and peace of mind. This is a great shop to head to if you want to take back home a slice of Varanasi's proverbial Benarasi Silk Sari.
The H.K. Flower Shop is one of the many that line the entrance to Varanasi's Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Located just a few feet away from entrance number two, locker facilities are available for those who want to deposit their valuables, mobile phones, cameras and shoes before entering the holy premises. Though the locker service is free, they do expect you to buy some flowers or other offerings to cover costs. It's also possible to grab a chai or a chilled Coke and relax for a bit in the shaded interiors.