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Varanasi Holidays

The holy city of Varanasi, the ‘City of Light’, dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Hindu god of creation and destruction, is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities. Dating back to around the 6th century BC, the city is spread along the River Ganges, fronted by the famous stone ghats where life and ritual are laid bare for all to see. This is one of India’s most powerful destinations, where you can fully experience colour, chaos and culture. Walk with pilgrims along the ghats, admire ancient temples, get lost in labyrinthine alleyways and experience sacred rituals – just some of the things that make Varanasi so unique and magical.

Popular Tours Visiting Varanasi

holiday duration 18 Days from
holiday price 3,490pp

See the bustling bazaars of Delhi and Jaipur, the magnificent Taj Mahal at Agra, the deserts of Rajasthan, the bathing Ghats of Varanasi and the erotic temples of Khajuraho. Discover more by adding a visit to the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal.

holiday duration 22 Days from
holiday price 3,890pp

Embark on an unforgettable adventure across northern India. From the beauty of the Taj Mahal, through ancient Varanasi, to the colourful characters and hillforts of Rajasthan, witnessing time-honoured tradition and ritual as you go.

holiday duration 19 Days from
holiday price 5,190pp

With majestic palaces, stalking tigers and spiritual epicentres – this comprehensive luxury tour allows you to experience the wonders of India in style; from the spiritual Ganges of Varanasi to the majestic Amber Fort of Jaipur, and let's not forget, the iconic Taj Mahal.

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Five Reasons To Visit Varanasi

Ganges River Cruise
Float along the holy Ganges observing the hive of activity as the sun rises – this is the time that many come down to the river.

These riverside steps that lead down to the Ganges are the place that much of daily life occurs in Varanasi. There are 87 in total, dedicated to bathing, ceremonies or cremation.

Puja Ceremony
A Hindu religious ritual, a puja involves making an offering to a deity or person of distinction – you can witness the daily puja ceremony of Ganga Aarti at Dasashwamedh Ghat. 

The location of Buddha’s first sermon after his enlightenment, monasteries were erected here to mark the occasion. Today it is one of the four holy pilgrimage sites.

There are an estimated 23,000 temples in Varanasi, the most important of which is Vishwanath. Many temples aren’t accessible to visitors but you can enjoy them from close by.  

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Things To See In Varanasi

No tour of Varanasi would be complete without seeing one of the wonders listed below.


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