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Varanasi Blast

U.S. Embassy New Delhi

American Citizens Services Unit
Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
Telephone: 91-11-2419-8000 ext. 4110 or 4306; 

Facsimile: 91-11-2419-8407

Email: Website:

December 7, 2010

Dear American citizens: 

We bring this message to your attention so you can carefully consider the information it contains.  Please pass along the information below to the American citizens in your area or put this information on your notice boards for dissemination.  Thank you for your cooperation. 

According to press reports and local police authorities an explosion occurred in Varanasi at the Dashashwamedh Ghat near the Vishwanath Temple at around 6:30 this evening.  Media reports indicate 20-25 people were injured including a number of foreigners with one fatality.  Police are on high alert across India.  At this time, the motive for the attack is not known.

U.S. citizens are urged to always practice good security and to maintain a heightened situational awareness and a low profile.  U.S. citizens are advised to monitor local news reports and consider the level of security present when visiting public places, including religious sites.

U.S. citizens living or traveling abroad are encouraged to enroll with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the State Department's travel website so that they can obtain updated information on travel and security.  U.S. citizens without Internet access may enroll directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in case of emergency.  For additional information, please refer to "A Safe Trip Abroad".

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Internet website where the Worldwide Caution and current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts can be found.  Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling            1-888-407-4747       toll free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at            1-202-501-4444      .  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  U.S. citizens are also encouraged to read the Country Specific Information for India

U.S. citizens with questions or concerns may contact the American Citizens Services Unit of the Embassy or the Consulates General for further information:

  • The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi is located at Shanti Path, Chanakya Puri 110021; telephone             +91-11-2419-8000      ; fax +91-11-2419-8407. 
  • The U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai (Bombay) is located at Lincoln House, 78 Bhulabhai Desai Road, 400026, telephone            +91-22-2363-3611      ; fax +91-22-2363-0350. 
  • The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai (Madras) is at 220 Anna Salai, Gemini Circle, 600006, telephone            +91-44-2857-4000      ; fax +91-44-2811-2027. 
  • The U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata (Calcutta) is at 5/1 Ho Chi Minh Sarani, 700071; telephone             +91-33-3984-2400      ; fax +91-33-2282-2335.
  • The U.S. Consulate General in Hyderabad is at Paigah Palace, 1-8-323, Chiran Fort Lane, Begumpet, Secunderabad 500 003; telephone:             +91 (40) 4033-8300.