Varanasi Women Tours
Varanasi Women Tours
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5:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
5:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
5:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
5:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
Hey folks, this is Priya your guide and friend from Varanasi Women Tours. I can't wait to welcome you to Varanasi, the oldest living city in India - a trip to India is not complete without a visit to this incredible city. And I, as the first and only woman guide in Varanasi would like to make sure that you see my city in the best possible way. From the mesmerizing arti ceremony in the morning to the magical boat ride to see the sunrise to navigating the ghats and then walking the alleys to see temples, flower market and other hidden gems of Varanasi, I will be there with you for the whole day. Contact me and please follow me on Instagram @WalkWithPriya
Varanasi, India

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2024

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McGaheysville, VA18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We were able to contact Priya lwo days in advance of our visit to Varanasi and schedule an afternoon walking tour and evening boat ride on the Ganges with no problem. She was responsive and helpful, and when we met her for our trou I knew right away this would be something special. She led us through her neighborhood, old north Varanasi and offered us insights into the people, history, buildings, and customs. Despite a rising thunderstorm, the boat ride and evening aarti was an amazing experience and she was so accommodating to our needs. Getting to speak with such a knowledgeable and friendly local was definitely the high point of our 2-week trip! Thank you, Priya - Eve & Andrea
Written 19 March 2020
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Michelle G
Athens, OH20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
I spent 4 days with Priya touring Varanasi with a couple of friends. I was so impressed with her knowledge of Varanasi- the history, the sacredness and the people. Priya was born and raised here, so she has authentic knowledge and experience. There is such a rich and complex history with the religion and sacred practices, temples and shrines, and she told us the stories behind the gods and goddesses, the rituals and the sites. Priya helped us navigate the maze of streets and alleys, helped identify the best sites to visit, restaurants to eat at and shopping places. She took care of our transportation when needed (some exciting rickshaw rides!) and identify good lodging. Varanasi can feel chaotic and overwhelming and i think it would be easy to get lost there. I do recommend to people that if you want to make the most of your time there, that getting a guide is super valuable. And Priya is a wonderful one. A highlight for me was our sunrise boat ride on the sacred Ganges, as well as our visits to the Aarti ceremonies at sunset. I liked shopping with her, as she knows good vendors and has relationships with them that helped me feel confident about the quality of items we were looking at. I highly recommend Varanasi Women Tours for anyone looking for a great guide in this ancient and sacred city.
Written 9 April 2023
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Nicolina P
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I loved my three-day tour with Priya! As a solo female traveler, she made me feel so comfortable, safe and respected. She was an excellent guide, sharing extensive historical and cultural information about everything we saw. I especially appreciated our conversations about her starting her own company, empowering women and supporting female travelers. She is inspiring to say the least.
She was a great communicator, always on time, quick to respond to questions before and during my trip. I wanted to try street food so she found great spots for me to try! If we wanted to pivot plans, she always had good backup plans and unique experiences to see.
Her husband guided me one day to a school they support in a local village, which was a unique experience to see beyond city life.
Priya and her husband invited me to their home for a delicious home-cooked meal, where I met their son and their mothers who were all so lovely. So grateful to be invited to their home, such a special experience. She truly goes above and beyond. I highly recommend booking a tour with Priya, whether a solo female traveler or anyone looking for an amazing tour guide experience!
Written 2 January 2023
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Silvia
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
I was a bit worried about coming to Varanasi as a solo female traveler but found Varanasi Women Tours (run by women for women) which motivated me to visit this ancient city. I must say that my whole impression about India being a rough country for women changed after I met with Priya (my guide). I really enjoyed my time being with Priya without facing any kind of harrassment (She handled everything for me). We went for boat rides, walking tours, shopping and a lot more activities. I would especially like to mention one thing that Priya was not like other Indian guides who force you to go for shopping but she was also very helpful to find the best shop whenever I wanted. I was so impressed with her services that I decided to go to Sarnath with her husband Nandan who was just amazing. Nandan is an authorized guide by Indian tourism ministry and runs his own business. I can't write enough to express my experience, just one sentence is enough- you must try these guys, they are just awesome, highly recommended!
Written 25 January 2020
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Shiv Pathak
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
I was looking for a tour guide for my sister who was traveling alone in Varanasi but I did not wanted to let her travel alone for safety reasons, I was confused in choosing a tour guide who is a women and knows well about the city and its history. I then got to know about Priya, and I immediately ranged her up. She sounded very polite and genuine but I still wasn't convinced. I decided to meet her in-person and then confirm my decision, which I did and no doubt she made her mark. I am not usually the one to write reviews but I have to tell how good Priya is considering the safety she provided me to my sister but moreover to know Priya as a person would be like describing her down to earth nature, her love for Varanasi, her in-depth knowledge about ever corner of the city, the way she makes one feel safe and secure and more importantly her moral and ethical code of conduct being a tour guide, she considers her guests as her own family. She quoted her price at a reasonable rate which is fair considering the services she provides. If you are a woman and traveling alone, contact her now, she is really worth it!
Written 28 November 2022
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Hardy W
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Wow, my time with Priya was such a blast. She was recommended to me by a friend who had had a wonderful time with her. Priya is not only very knowledgeable, friendly, and efficient, she’s also an inspiration. She’s a female entrepreneur who supports other women and helps those in the community who are struggling. Priya showed me so much in one day, but I never felt overwhelmed or tired. It was planned out very well. And to top it off, she invited me over to dinner at home with her wonderful family. I can’t recommend Priya and her company enough. Book with her ASAP for an amazing experience. Thank you, Priya!
Written 2 February 2020
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Maxine M
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Priya of Varanasi Women’s Tours introduced us to Varanasi, a teeming city, unlike any other city I have ever visited. She guided us through the Ghats, the alleyways and to the most beautiful flower market - sights we could not have found in our own. Priya goes far beyond a tour guide- she forms a relationship where there is an exchange of insights into the way women experience the world. We were met at the airport by a car and driver organised by Priya - all went very smoothly despite our flight being late. Priya had said she would arrange our accommodation to have a meal saved for us. Our driver close to our hotel destination stopped and Priya and her husband appeared, introduced themselves and told us our accommodation was unable to provide an evening meal, they had cooked a beautiful meal for us to take with us. Their gift of our meal was so appreciated and so flavoursome, we couldn’t believe a tour company would go to so much trouble.
Priya stayed in communication with us, when she wasn’t with us, to make sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed.
Thereafter she arranged three days of amazing tours which included early morning walks along the Ghats on the Ganges, viewing the Aarti, small personal boat trips to see the Ghats from the water side, vehicle tours out to see real life in a village, a village school….here I could wax lyrical, it was a great insight to how people live here and we are very grateful to have been allowed that insight.
The ultimate generosity offered by Priya and her husband was to offer us a meal in their home. This afforded us the opportunity to meet their extended family and enjoy their hospitality. Both are beautiful, generous, genuine people whom I don’t hesitate to recommend to anyone seeking guides in Varanasi.
Written 2 December 2023
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Emmabal
Bath, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Solo
I will try and put into words how amazing Priya is and how wonderful her tailor made tours are. I have travelled widely and usually don't choose tours but finding Varanasi a tad overwhelming searched out a female guide.
I couldn't be more happier. She is reasonably priced, informative but she is personable, honest and fun. It was really like having your friend give you a cultural guide to the city as only one woman to another can be. I totally relied on her for so many things and she never disappointed. She listened to exactly what I wanted, answered my questions patiently and showed me a variety of places and food I never would have experienced on my own.
I would urge any woman or person interested in the culture, food and religion of the city to book Priya and find out about Varanasi through her eyes. Also its great to support a woman who has her own business in India and is showing how creative and strong women an be. She is an inspiration.
Written 1 September 2022
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Taunalyn
Draper, UT4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
As a professor of who teaches about the people and religion of India, I had always wanted to visit Varanasi but was not sure if it would be safe to do so on my own. Then a friend recommended Priya! From our first contact I felt like I had a friend in Varanasi who had my best interests at heart. She took care of every detail, was completely up front about prices, and gave me a detailed itinerary. Each walking tour was perfectly curated to my needs and interests while revealing the essence of Varanasi. I can't wait to bring students back to experience even more!
Written 7 December 2022
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Girish K
Malvern, PA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Priya was a wonderful guide! We were a small party of 3, and it was both highly informative and personal. The 2-day tour gave us the essence of this beautiful city of Kashi. She curated a personal tour based on our needs and interests (and helped us to find a hotel). Priya bonded so well with my senior citizen Mother and my mother had the best tour of her life. Her recommended food and cuisine of this beautiful city added to our enjoyment. We appreciated it a lot. Highly recommended!
Written 5 December 2022
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