Lift your spirits with three incredible days in Varanasi

Explore holy Varanasi - an atmospheric blend of temples, river ghats and bazaars. Sail on the Ganges at dawn for a magical experience as the sun rises over pilgrims absolving sins in the river. Explore the city and nearby Sarnath with a driver and private car, and wander independently through the bright bustle of the backstreets of Benares. Visiting Shiva's city is a must on any visit to India.

Start
Varanasi, India
Finish
Varanasi, India
Countries
India
Themes
Short Breaks
Code
HHAV
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
45kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Experience spiritual Varanasi
  • Wander the fascinating Varanasi ghats
  • Drink chai from a street stall

Itinerary

Namaste! Welcome to India.
You will be picked up from your centrally located hotel between 8.30-9:00am.
The ultimate destination for all Hindu pilgrims, Varanasi is full of temples, shrines and devotees.
Varanasi is one of the world's oldest continually inhabited cities and is certainly is one of the world's most amazing.
Set off by cycle rickshaw to visit the oldest part of the city, bustling with tourists and priests, and if you are lucky, watch different rituals being performed.
Wander through the Old City with its maze of narrow alleyways packed full of small shops and stalls. See pilgrims bathing in the Ganges River and performing rituals and ceremonies unchanged for hundreds of years; temples full of bells chime and the smell of incense; the dhobi wallahs and the burning ghats.
Spend the evening soaking up the magical atmosphere of a candle flower ceremony.
This morning set off on another guided city tour in which you will get a chance to visit a centre famous for weaving Benares silk in pit-looms.
Varanasi is known throughout India as the finest producer of silk and the famous Banarasi sari. These intricate sari's are generally reserved for weddings.

Take an excursion to Sarnath (approx. 12 km from Varanasi), and located near the confluence of the Ganges and Gomati Rivers.
Visit the deer park where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma, and where the Buddhist Sangha came into existence through the enlightenment of Kondanna.

This afternoon is free.
Start early with a sunrise boat ride on the Ganges, cruise silently along the river as the sun rises passing along the many ghats and temples along the river. Watch pilgrims bathing, and this ancient city wake up and greet the day, its one the the unmissable sites of this remarkable country.
After the boat ride we transfer back to the hotel to freshen up and have breakfast.
At this point the trip concludes and you may check out any time before midday.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Cycle rickshaw, Private vehicle
Accommodation
Hotel (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Varanasi - Old City Walking Tour
  • Evening Ganges boat flower ceremony
  • Sarnath - Deer Park
  • Varanasi - Baranas Hindu University visit
  • Varanasi - Sunrise boat trip

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