Kolkata and Varansi, stick to these 2 or see 1 or 2 more spots?

#1 Oct 25th, 2017, 10:49
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Hi all. First time travel to India end of February. I will be attending a wedding in Calcutta. I plan to fly into Calcutta on a Thursday, landing in the evening. Friday and Saturday will be pre wedding and wedding day activities. Beginning on Sunday, the day after the wedding, I was only planning to stay in India for another 6 nights. Varanasi is a must on my list and I am planning on flying from Calcutta to Varanasi and then fly home on Saturday from Varanasi. With this short of a trip should I stick to Calcutta and Varanasi only? Or is there another spot that I should fit in to this short time frame? I enjoy walking tours, history, food, wildlife, people watching, checking out markets, shopping etc. Maybe 1 temple but I don't need numerous temples. Any advice would be appreciated. My flight is not set in stone. Thank you all.
#2 Oct 25th, 2017, 11:22
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If you like nature and wildlife you might want to go for excursion to Sundarban National Park. There are tour operators in Kolkata and finding one with good ratings shouldn't be a problem. It can be a day trip or one can opt for 2 days trip including boat ride within Sundarban.
Personally, i could stay in Varanasi for months, but three to four days for sightseeing and soaking up bit of the city's vibe should be enough. You should get a room somewhere along Ganga and its ghats. From Assi to Manikarnika ghat, there are plenty of guesthouses to choose from and people watching opportunities along ghats are abundant. If you want to visit a temple than most famous one is Kashi Vishvanat temple. Or Belur Math in Kolkata.
#3 Oct 25th, 2017, 14:39
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I would request Randi Hanis to stay at Assi ghat.
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