Dev Deepawali is the festival of Kartik Poornima celebrated in Varanasi, on the full moon of the month of Kartik, i.e. November- December. We made our way to the Ghats of Banaras for this beautiful spectacle.
We started the day at Pappu Tea Stall with a Ginger Lemon Hajmola Tea. This unique cup of tea is the perfect sweet and spicy digestive drink and is great to awaken your sense early in the morning. Our next stop for simple Banarasi breakfast- Kachori and Jalebi. We landed at Chachi Kachori Shop for some delicious Kachori and Sabji. This place is famous for the food they serve and is a favourite amongst the office goers in the area. Then we tried the Jalebi along with some Dahi for a sweet yet not too sweet end to this meal!
We went on to try the famous lassi at Shiv Prasad Lassi Bhandar. The lassi here is thick, sweet, and creamy and is topped off with some cream and rabri. This super thick concoction is very soothing to the palate especially if you've had something hot and pungent.
Our next stop was in Sigra at a shop called Popular Baati Chokha. The Baati is a dough stuffed with sattu, dals and then cooked over cow dung cakes. The chokha is made from eggplants, potatoes, and tomatoes. This is the perfect spicy combination and on the whole, it may not look like a lot but this dish is quite wholesome. Lastly, how could we end the day without having some paan. So we went Keshav Tambul Bhandar for a classic Banarasi Paan.
In the evening we attended the Dev Deepawali Puja, which is a humongous religious celebration, and people from all over the world come to Varanasi to witness this Puja. The celebratory atmosphere, the lights, and the happiness on people's faces are worth visiting Banaras at least once in your life!
1. Pappu Tea Stall
Assi Ghat, Varanasi
2. Chachi Kachor Shop
3. Shiv Prasad Lassi Bhandaar
Ramnagar Fort, Ram Nagar
4. Popular Baati Chokha
5. Keshav Tambul Bhandaar
Lanka Rd, Near Ravidas Gate, Varanasi
6. Pizzeria Vaatika Cafe
Assi Ghat, Varanasi