Owner: Laotse Tripathi and the Tripathi brothers
Address: Assi Road, Varanasi
Assi International Ashram is a great place to sit and enjoy a muffin and chai. Laotse has learned the art of baking and makes apple, banana and chocolate muffins as well as several types of bread. His chocolate cupcakes are quite popular as well. All the baked goods are eggless. The Tripathi's are one of the first families to stock organic products and now carry the Organic India brand of products. In their house they make peanut butter, tahini butter and various jams. All the jams are made with pure unprocessed sugar. The Trupathi's relatives make honey and white honey which is brought from their land in Ghorakpur. They also harvest red rice from their farm and bring it to the shop for sale. Various types of incense are also available as well as bottled water. Just want to fill up your water bottle? They charge only a few rupees for a liter of clean water. In 2011, Laotse's brother Nomi opened a cyber cafe right next door. There are two other brothers in the Tripathi family one of which, takes people on tours of the ghats and the old city. The Assi International Ashram is a great place to hang out and the Tripathi brothers are great guys to hang out with!