I have a little extra time at the end of my trip and Varanasi has been on my list for years.
To pull it off, I would have to:
*fly Mumbai->Varanasi arriving late morning/midday Wednesday
*fly Varanasi->Mumbai departing midday on Friday
So basically 48 hours total. I'm a female traveling solo, so that cuts down on after dark wandering. I'm also a photographer, so usually prefer to explore without a guide - but open to input on that.
Given all of the above, is 48 hours enough to make it worthwhile? Any big time sucks I'm not thinking of like airport transfers, etc.?