Re: Kolkata to Varanasi
The best connection would be the Howrah Amritsar Mail dep daily from Howrah (Kolkata) at 19.10 and arriving in Varanasi at 09.26. The train has first and second class AC berths, which are quite comfortable and bedding is provided.
It's a great way to travel in India, you go to sleep on the train and wake up at your destination.
Other connections to Varanasi only have third class and that can be chaotic,
perhaps that's what your friend was referring to when he called it "hellish".
Also now it is very easy to get tickets, as you can book and print them your-
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