Streetwise Varanasi Tours
Streetwise Varanasi Tours
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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
About
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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Carribean traveler
Lisbon, Portugal5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Excellent tour. Raoul knows every nook and cranny of this city and will take you places other guides will not. Take this tour!
Written 8 June 2024
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Thank you very much for your review and kind words, my friend. It was my pleasure to guide you and share the gems and stories of this sacred city. Namastè
Written 18 June 2024
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mydhili k
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Nov 2023 • Friends
Amazing tour experience with guide Mr. Rahul Pandeyji. He has good knowledge of the places around Varnasi and Ghats and lot of interesting stories about Kashi. It was a good experience completed with the Ganga Arti from Boat. thanks Rahul ji for a wonderful day in Varnasi.☺️
Written 2 June 2024
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Thank you very much for your review and kind words, Ji. It was my pleasure to guide you and share the gems and stories of this sacred city.
Written 3 June 2024
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BJH v
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We had two tours in Varanasi. One was booked through our tour operator and the other tour we had booked with Rahul (on the recommendation of another tourist from New York). So we have material for comparison.

Rahul's tour stood head and shoulders above the rest. He showed us the real authentic Varanasi. We were also very close to the cremation site. Something the other guide did not dare/allow.

Thanks to Rahul we went to unique places that we would otherwise have missed. You could immediately tell that Rahul grew up in the old center of Varanasi. Many people knew him and no one said we couldn't go somewhere.

He also knew how to tell considerably more about life in Varanasi. As a professional photographer this was priceless.

It's nice to know that Rahul also takes photographs and therefore knows what you want to capture as a photographer. In short: I highly recommend Rahul's (Mr. Streetwise) tour.

On my next visit, I would like to book another tour through him. We also recommended him to our tour operator.
Written 5 May 2024
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Thank you very much for your review and your kind words, dear BJH. It has been a great pleasure for me to have accompanied part of your stay in Varanasi and to show you the highlights and also the hidden things of this sacred city. As a local guide and a native of Varanasi I agree with you that hiring the services of a local guide facilitates a visit with access to places, stories and people that are not possible otherwise. And doing it at my side or in the company of any of my guides is always a guarantee of getting the best of the best. I like to give the most to my guests and I strive to make their experience unique and complete. I'm so glad it made a difference. I hope to see you soon. You still have a lot to see and photograph. Namastè,
Written 6 May 2024
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Carribean traveler
Lisbon, Portugal5 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Solo
Raoul knows Varanasi like the back of his hand. You will be lucky to take a tour with this guide who can take you through the winding alley ways of this fascinating cities. He has so much great knowledge to share.
Written 1 May 2024
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Thank you very much for your review and your kind words, my friend. It was a pleasure for me to share with you the beauty of my beloved city. Varanasi has a lot to see and discover, with hidden gems around every corner and alley. But it is also very easy to get lost in its narrow streets and feel overwhelmed by the bustle of traffic, the coming and going of pilgrims, tourists and locals, so letting yourself be guided and accompanied by a local guide is a guarantee of making your stay in the city a unique experience and get the most out of every minute and enjoy it to the fullest. See you soon. Namastè,
Written 6 May 2024
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Nancy W
Rosmalen, The Netherlands23 contributions
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Rahul has given us an amazing insight in the culture of birth and death in Varanasi. He is a sympatic guy who grew up in the center and knows his way around to show you fascinating places and 'behind the scenes' that other guides will not do. He has a lot of knowledge about this sacred place and is enthusiastic to tell you all the fascinating stories of the gods and godesses.
Written 25 April 2024
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Thank you very much for your review and kind words, my friend. It was a pleasure for me to accompany you during your stay in my city. Varanasi has a lot to offer to everyone who visits it and as a tour guide born in this fascinating and sacred city, I know all its secrets, corners, stories, rituals, myths and customs. And of course, a lot about the Hindu religion, its gods and goddesses, which I love to share with everyone who approaches our culture with curiosity, respect and an open heart. See you soon! Namastè,
Written 26 April 2024
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Rachel M
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Mar 2024 • Solo
In the month of March, I visited India with a friend through Eco India Trips and in Varanasi our guide had sent us off with Rahul, and Streetwise Varanasi. We had a lovely experience! Rahul was kind, informative, patient, and so very knowledgeable about Varanasi. He showed us continuous beautiful and interesting places and was very amendable to requests for additional stops. Rahul, thank you for showing us your most incredible and beautiful city! Please add in more street food! 😆
Written 15 April 2024
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Thank you very much, dear Rachel, for your review and kind words. It was a pleasure for me to guide you during your stay in Varanasi. My city has a lot to see, observe, discover and taste. Every labyrinthine alley, every corner and every ghat hides some treasure, story, anecdote or legend. It has been a pleasure for me to be able to show you and share with you part of the charms of the city, its history and its gastronomy. I hope to see you here again soon. There is much left for you to see and many dishes to try... Namastè,
Written 16 April 2024
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Hugo F
Brussels, Belgium3 contributions
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Sept 2023 • Friends
Very good guide. He is very articulate, understandable and full of knowledge. He is also part of the culture and seems to be still very invested in hindouisme. We were able to get in a children school where they learned religion to become knowledgable Brahims.
Its definitely a perfect guide to discover Varanasi in one day !!
Written 14 April 2024
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Thank you very much Hugo for your review and kind words. It was a pleasure for me to accompany you in your stay in my city. Varanasi has a lot to offer to everyone who visits it, one day is not enough to know all its secrets, but it is my desire to show at least some of its most identifying features (part of its history, religion, architecture, rituals, myths and customs) to so that you can get a general overview of what Kashi is and its treasures. See you soon. Namastè,
Written 15 April 2024
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linda
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Mar 2024 • Friends
Varanasi is such an amazing place and Rahul was brilliant in showing us all the things we wouldn’t have seen if we had tried to see the city on our own. He took us on boat trips down the Ganges and got us good seats to see the evening ceremonies. Definitely would recommend using him.
Written 13 April 2024
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Thank you very much, Linda, for your review and kind words. It was a pleasure for me to guide you and accompany you during your stay in my city. Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in the world, full of history and spirituality, a must-visit for believers of different religions and with an indisputable attraction for travelers from anywhere in the world. A vibrant and unique city that leaves no one indifferent. Every corner, every alley, hides a story, ancient traditions and crafts, stories and legends and a deep spirituality that permeates everything. Being accompanied by a local guide is the best way to make the most of a short stay in the city. Thanks for everything. See you soon. Namastè,
Written 15 April 2024
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Maxi
7 contributions
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Feb 2024 • Solo
Cristoforo knows Varanasi better than anyone else :) we had a fantastic time exploring all important parts of the City. His knowledge and the way he represents Varanasi with so much passion is extraordinary. Thank you so much my friend and I can't wait to explore more of Varanasi next time. :)
Written 11 April 2024
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Thank you very much, dear Maxi, for your review and kind words. It was a pleasure for me to guide you during your stay in my beloved Varanasi. It is always a pleasure to receive people like you, with minds and hearts open to our culture and traditions. This city still has a lot to offer you so I hope to see you again soon and continue showing you many more of its hidden gems. Namastè,
Written 13 April 2024
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jaclmoore
Wotton-under-Edge, UK92 contributions
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Rahul spent two full days with us in Varanasi. As a local he shared his in-depth knowledge of the area, traditions and beliefs. He knew how to avoid the crowds and gave us many unforgettable experiences which made this part of the trip a true highlight.
Written 5 April 2024
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Thank you very much my dear friend, for your review and kind words. It was a pleasure for me to accompany you during your stay in my city. Varanasi is full of charm, tradition and history and has a lot to visit and know but it can also sometimes be "too much" for visitors, due to its frenetic pace and crowded streets. Making my guests' experience simple, interesting, comfortable and safe from chaos is one of my greatest endeavors. And so you will only have to worry about enjoying yourself. I am glad to have contributed to making your time in Varanasi an unforgettable experience. Namastè,
Written 8 April 2024
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