Streetwise Varanasi Tours
Streetwise Varanasi Tours
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City ToursCultural ToursHistorical & Heritage ToursWalking ToursSightseeing Tours
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Learning and living in Varanasi like a local, this is how you will feel during the tours of Rahul Cristoforo, an honest storyteller. Incredible streetwise. Don't expect facts from the books. But wisdom from the heart. Accompanied with daily life stories. Rahul is a local guide who started his work as a child and knows the city like no anyone else. Are you ready to feel at home and experience the magic of Varanasi's holiness like a local? Take a day tour, or even better, go a step deeper and learn of the daily life during a 3 days no-worries package. Feel welcome. Namaste.
Varanasi, India

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Marta F
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Solo
Rahul was an amazing guide, he was super helpful, he’s a wise man, he knows a lot about traditions and varansi culture.
We made a very special tour, not so turistic and he show me real varanasi so to understand the spirituality of this magnetic and magic city.
I would absolutely recommend him so that you can really understand the essence of varanasi.
Thank you so much Rahul for everything 🙏🏻
Written 6 February 2024
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Thank you very much my friend for your kind words and for your review. And also for trusting me. I hope to see you soon again. You will be always welcoming to my hometown!! For non-residents and even more so for foreigners, Varanasi can be a real challenge. It is a chaotic and bustling place and it is easy to get lost in its alleys and feel dazed by the comings and goings of people and traffic. Booking a Tour with a local guide is a guarantee that your stay in Varanasi is safe, special and with the peace of mind that you will visit the most emblematic places and that it will also give you access to many hidden gems that you could not find on your own. And in the way you will understand better the essence of this holy place and their people... Namastè
Written 7 February 2024
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Rosario S
3 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Radjul, our guide in Varanasi!
With him we visited the most beautiful temples and streets of the old Kashi, the cremation ritual at Manikarnika Ghat as well as the spiritual and religious sense of the city.
Radjul is not only a guide, he is a friend. I recommend you a tour with him.
Rosario
Written 29 January 2024
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Thank you very much Rosario for your review and kind words. It was a pleasure for me to share time with all of you showing you the most beautiful temples, alleys and corners of my beloved city. When I meet people like you, it is easy for me to share my knowledge about Indian culture, rituals, religion and traditional life with open heart. You know that you have a friend in Varanasi for when you decide to return. Namastè,
Written 5 February 2024
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carlos c
Murcia, Spain14 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
This has been my second journey to Varanasi, one of the most mysterious and extraordinary cities that exist. A city with a millennia-old culture that still thrives in its streets today. A city that holds countless symbols, myths, rituals, and stories that you won't be able to access unless you find someone like Rahul, who can decipher hidden meanings for the tourist.

Rahul not only possesses extensive knowledge about the city and its people, but he is also a storyteller gifted with a special talent for immersing you in the magic of the city. His study and understanding of Hindu scriptures and rituals, having spent his childhood in Manikarnika Ghat and Old Kashi, his familiarity, and deep connection with the city, will allow you to reach forgotten temples that you wouldn't otherwise reach and hear ancient stories that you wouldn't otherwise come to know.

It's challenging to convey with words the sensations I experienced while walking through Old Kashi, listening to his narratives. Nevertheless, I can say that Rahul belongs to that tradition of guides who, like Virgil, lead you to hidden places and manage to establish bridges between the landscapes of the city and the soul.
Written 29 January 2024
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Thank you very much my friend for your review and your kind words. It has been a pleasure for me to accompany you through the alleys of my beloved Varanasi, to guide you and open the doors to its history, customs, legends, rites and mystical depths. It is always very satisfying to meet people like you, who know how to appreciate, with an open mind and heart, all the wonderful things that this ancient city and its people have to offer the world. Namastè,
Written 30 January 2024
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Ravikumar P
Ireland4 contributions
Feb 2023 • Family
Rahul ji is perhaps one of the best tour guides I have met ever.

I went with my wife and little daughter and Rahul ji was extremely engaging, informative, patient and caring. He took us all over the ghats and the city explaining in minute details every aspect and significance of the place.

Apart from the spiritual spots, he took us to some lovely places to eat some really yummy dishes. I can never forget the lassi and malaiyo!!!

Throughout the day, Rahul ji's only focus seemed to be our satisfaction. We felt extremely lucky to have found him. I would recommend Rahul ji to everyone visiting Varanasi.

Genuine tour guide with excellent knowledge and great customer service!!
Written 27 January 2024
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Thank you very much Ravikumar ji for your review and your kind words. It was a great pleasure for me to guide and accompany you and your family around the city during that time and share with you my knowledge and love for Varanasi. It is always my desire to make visitors feel at home and happy and to make the good memory of their experience last forever. It makes me happy to have achieved it. Namastè,
Written 29 January 2024
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Giovanni Carli
2 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
I had two amazing tours, one in the evening and one in the early morning. The itinerary crossed the most beautiful and emotional vendesi of Varanasi and it was a pleasure listening to all the interesting stories behind the places. Highly recomended.
Written 17 January 2024
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Thank you very much dear friend for your review and your kind words. It was a great pleasure for me to guide and accompany you through the city during that time and share my knowledge and love for Varanasi with you. I hope to meet you again soon, a lot of magic still waiting to be discover, Namastè
Written 22 January 2024
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Danyd15
2 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
If you want to visit Varanasi and discover more autenthic and less touristy places, trust them. Christo Raul gave me an autenthic experience that I will never forget. Thank you
Written 20 December 2023
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Thank you very much Dany for your review and your kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed your tour and that I contributed to making your time in Varanasi a more authentic and unique experience. You know that I will be here whenever you want to return, willing and available to welcome you and continue showing you the culture, the traditions and all the corners of my city as only a local can do. Namaste
Written 4 January 2024
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Leanne M
Port Macquarie, Australia118 contributions
We did an afternoon tour and thoroughly enjoyed it. Excellent English and a chance to see sites and small temples that you would not find on your own. Highly recommend this company. His knowledge of the backstreets made it very interesting.
Written 18 December 2023
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Thank you very much for your review and your kind words. Visiting Varanasi for the first time can sometimes be a challenging experience for a foreigner. Doing it with a local and experienced guide will make a big difference, it will allow your visit to be safer, more relaxed and peaceful and will give you the opportunity to see and access places that you would not otherwise visit. A local guide will also make possible a quick and unique approach to the traditions, rituals and customs of the place and will make you feel like a local for a few hours. See you soon! Namastè,
Written 4 January 2024
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Lorraine H
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I met Rahul by chance on the ghats. Our conversation led to me booking a walking tour with him, which turned out to be a fantastic experience. He provided in-depth insights into Varanasi’s history, religious ceremonies, and rituals. Rahul is a truly authentic and excellent guide for exploring Varanasi. You won’t be let down.
Written 19 October 2023
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Thank you very much for your kind words, Lorraine. I feel very honored to share that time with you and be able to show you the beauty and history of my city. I really enjoy sharing my knowledge about Varanasi with people and being able to do it with people like you, curious about our traditions, rituals and stories is a gift for me. I hope to see you again soon in the alleys and ghats of Kashi. Namastè
Written 23 October 2023
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twopaperboats
3 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
My friend and I visited Varanasi many years ago and had the good luck to be shown the city by Rahul, who is full of energy and led us on a whirlwind tour from morning to night! We had local yogurt, sipped chai on the banks of the Ganges, and watched the night ceremony on the river - incredible experience!
Written 14 September 2023
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Thank you very much for your kind words, my friend. You are invited to return to Varanasi whenever you want and explore its streets, temples and ghats again, thoroughly delighting in each place and each stop like a true local does, enjoying a delicious chai or lassi quietly while watching the hustle and bustle of the alleys of the old city. See you!! Namastè
Written 18 September 2023
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Christine, Australia
4 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
Rahul provided us with an enjoyable guided experience of Varanassi. As Varanassi is a spiritual place for many he respects this in the way he shows up his world. I would recommend you utilize his services.
Written 8 September 2023
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Thank you very much for your kind words, my friend. I like to be respectful of my city and my traditions and also with my guests. Varanasi is a sacred city with ancient history. With a lot to see and a lot to teach to everyone who comes with an open mind and heart. Namastè
Written 11 September 2023
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