City Book Shop

Owner: Mrs. Veena Singh

Mob: 9235725547

Godowlia, Varanasi (near Sushil cinema)

The City Book Shop is the oldest bookstore in town.  Mrs. Veena Singh is the very friendly owner and loves to talk books.  If you are in the area, stop by and say hello!

Universal Books

Owner: Amit Singh

Phone: 0542-2450042

D-40/60 Nr Sushil Cinema, Godowlia South, Damadpura, Varanasi

This bookstore is located a little ways north from the Godowlia corner.  The owner Amit is probably the best conversationalist in all of Varanasi.  He's quite well read on Indian politics and world issues and speaks fluent English.  His shop is two stories in one and is stacked full of good books.  Stop by and talk with Amit about Ganges clean up or any topic.  He's sure to be in the know!

Indica Books

Owner: Dilip and Rajesh Kumar

Godowlia, Varanasi (100 meters south from the Godowlia Crossing)

Phone: 0542-2450818 - Godowlia outlet

Phone: 0542-2315079 - Assi ghat outlet

Opposite Sushil Cinema Hall just before the Godowlia crossing is a two storie book shop called Indica Books.  The owners Dilip and Rajesh Kumar have partnered with a businessman from Spain and so have a huge selection of all manner of books.  They also have an outlet on Assi Ghat which Rajesh looks after.  Both outlets specialize in Spanish, Italian, German, French and Japanese print books on Varanasi.  Whether Godowlia or Assi, Indica has your books on hand.

Pilgrim Book House

Owner: Mr. Rama Nand Tiwari

Shop manager: Mr Shyam Tiwari

B 27/98. A-8 Nawab Ganj Road, Durga Kund. Varanasi 221010

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Mobile: 9670007733

Just kitty corner from the Durga Kund talab (water tank) is a gullie (lane) down which you'll find Pilgrim's Book House.  You'll know it when you get there cause they've got a cool entrance with a carved arch.  Inside there's two floors of book and even a small temple in the rear.  Collections include books on Indology, philosophy, Vedic science, Ayurveda, Indian music and History.  Check this place out when your in the Durga Kund area.  If you're going to Nepal afterwards, the've got an even bigger bookstore in Nepal.

Harmony Bookshop

Name: Harmony Bookstore

Owner: Rakesh Singh

Location: Assi Ghat

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Ph. 0542-2310218

Rakesh is the owner of Harmony, a bookstore located on Assi Ghat.  The bookstore, which he first started in 1996, now has over 10,000 titles.  The shop stocks all kinds of books concerning India as well as such topics as the social sciences, philosophy, fiction, politics and history.  Rakesh also has website which is filled with titles and even takes credit card payment.  He can ship books to any country by courier.  Rakesh is fluent in both Hindi and English and likes to enjoy a cup of chai with anyone who might wander into his air-conditioned shop.  His favorite book is “Love in the time of Cholera” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez while his favorite movies are “Ghandi” by Richard Attenborough and “Nottinghill.”  If you are in the area, stop by this unique bookstore on Assi Ghat.  Oh by the way, check out his website