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Alcohol shops in Varanasi - dangers and annoyances

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Alcohol shops in Varanasi - dangers and annoyances

Foreigners in Varanasi will often be overcharged by the shopkeepers. Remember that EVERYTHING should have a price tag on it -even / especially alcohol. If this is missing or scratched out, it is because they are trying to cheat you -either by removing the tag, or (worse-- because the booze is FAKE. Do NOT drink the alcohol if there is no price tag- fake alcohol kills thousands in India every year).

Do not say "well, it's just a couple dollars extra" --this might kill you. Do not think "this is a foreign brand, it must be good" --this might kill you. Beer in cans is safe, and often the small bottles of whiskey are safe (the counterfeiters tend to maximize profits by going for big bottles). Gin is often safe, so ask for gin (not vodka- most of the Absolut Vodka is fake).

There are possibly four honest stores: in SIGRA near the El Chiko bar; in LAHURBIR, in NAWABGANJ behind the Pilgrim's Book Store )near Durga Kund), and on the road to SAMNE GHAT, near Maheshnagar. You can trust these guys, their prices and products.

REGULAR CHEATS: in LANKA, near the Canara bank intersection; in SONARPURA, near the main road. These are most convenient for tourists, not coincidentally.

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1. Re: Alcohol shops in Varanasi - dangers and annoyances

Thanks for this useful information

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Timwely warning as we are there soon $

What are prices like eg for australian wine, gin?

Are shops easy to find?

Thanks

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You'll find indian wine in one or two shops-- in Sigra (between the Kuber complex and the Yel Chiko bar).. but no Australian wine outside Goa.... and there's a drought on gin this year. They'll try to sell you vodka ;)

Bring booze with you. One great thing about coming to India is that you can stop in the Duty-Free on the way IN! Do so, and buy your limit.

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thanks - wine box going in case!

We land in Kolkata but few days later have flight with jetkonnect to varanasi. We only get 15 k allowance I think. So buying duty free no good. Will have to take what's on offer in shops

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I dont understand how having a price tag would indicate that it is real. Cant they put a price tag on fake bottles? or do you mean some sort of tax stamp type label that is over the seal??

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Not a 'tag' per se, its printed directly on the bottle. Previously printed on the label, now inked onto the glass.

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8. Re: Alcohol shops in Varanasi - dangers and annoyances

Isn't there an alcohol ban in restaurants and shops all along the river?

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9. Re: Alcohol shops in Varanasi - dangers and annoyances

Not along the river, but within 1 km of Vishvanath Temple. Though even that isn't enforced.

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