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About Varanasi

Located on the banks of the River Ganges and considered to be one of India's most holy of cities, Varanasi is an overwhelming melting pot of colour, chaos, and spirituality. It is the easy accessibility to the practices of ancient tradition, coupled with Varanasi’s labyrinthine streets and colour that draw people here. Varanasi can be explored in all its glory on our range of day tours and activities, including sunrise and sunset boat rides on the River Ganges, walking tours through the backstreets and street performances. Alternatively, head out of the city for the day on an excursion to the former holy city of Sarnath.

Tours to Varanasi

For those looking to connect with spirituality there is no better place to be than the ‘Spiritual Capital of India’. We offer a range of tours to Varansi that also visit other India hot spots such as India’s capital city Delhi and Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. Book a tour with us today and visit Varanasi to discover a world deeply rooted in spirituality and wonder.

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What to expect when visiting Varanasi India

Visiting Varanasi promises a deeply immersive experience steeped in history, culture, and spirituality. As you stroll along the ghats of the sacred Ganges River, you'll witness vibrant rituals, from the serene morning Aarti ceremonies to the bustling evening prayers. The narrow, winding streets of the old city are alive with colourful markets, ancient temples, and the enticing aroma of local cuisine. A visit to the iconic Kashi Vishwanath Temple offers a glimpse into Hindu spirituality, while a boat ride at sunrise provides a tranquil yet awe-inspiring view of the city. Varanasi is not just a destination; it's a journey through time, tradition, and the profound depths of Indian culture.

Varanasi tour places to see

The Ghats at Varanasi
The Ghats

Watch the aarti

The Ganges aarti in Varanasi is a must see experience for anyone visiting Varanasi. The worship takes place every day at dusk and viewing is open to all. The ritual involves spiritual songs, music and offerings of fire to the Goddess Ganges. You can watch the aarti take place on the Dashashwamedh Ghat. According to Hindu legend this Ghat was built by Brahma to welcome Shiva or, as another legend goes, this Ghat was the spot where Brahma performed 10 Ashwamegha Yajna rituals. Watching the aarti in such a significant spiritual place is an awe-inspiring experience for all of those lucky enough to view it.

The banks of the Ganges River in Varanasi
Along the Ganges River

Walk along the Ganges

When visiting Varanasi there is no better way to pass the time than taking a stroll along the sacred banks of the Ganges River. Here you'll witness vibrant rituals, mesmerizing aartis, and discover the deep spirituality that flows along the river. Experience the captivating energy of the ghats, listen to the beautiful music performed along the river, and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of history and culture that makes Varanasi an unforgettable destination. If you have the time why not take a boat ride along the river and relax as you take in the mesmerising sights and sounds of Varanasi whilst cruising along its beloved river Ganges.

A Ghat in Varanasi
A Ghat in Varanasi

Visit the Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Take a visit to the iconic Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple, a revered sanctuary dedicated to Lord Shiva. Nestled on the banks of the Ganges River, this ancient temple is a beacon of Hindu faith, drawing millions of pilgrims each year. Marvel at its stunning architecture, adorned with intricate carvings and gold-plated spires, and immerse yourself in the vibrant rituals and chants that fill the air with divine energy. A visit to the Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple offers not just a glimpse into centuries-old traditions but also a profound sense of peace and spiritual rejuvenation.

Frequently asked questions

What should I wear when visiting temples in Varanasi?

When visiting temples, it's recommended to dress modestly. Men should wear long pants and a shirt, while women should opt for long skirts or pants and a blouse or top with sleeves. Covering your head with a scarf or shawl is also appreciated.

Can I take photographs inside the temples?

How can I participate in the Ganga Aarti ceremony?

What is the significance of the ghats in Varanasi?

Best time to visit Varanasi India

The best time to visit Varanasi, India, is between October and March when the weather is cool and pleasant, making it ideal for exploring the city's spiritual and cultural sites. During these months not only are temperatures mild but the city also hosts a series of vibrant festivals, such as Diwali and Holi, which add to the rich cultural experience. Additionally, this period avoids the extreme heat of summer and the heavy monsoon rains, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable visit.

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