Backstreets of Varanasi | India
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Varanasi -  3 Days map

PRIVATE TOUR: One of the oldest and holiest cities on earth, Varansi is a spiritual city, famed for its breathtaking ghats along the Ganges River. Enjoy daily Aarti rituals, visit the location of Buddha's first sermon, and learn why this is India's ultimate pilgrimage spot for Hindus.

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Hotels

Trip Highlights

Ganges - Enjoy an evening visit to River Ganges to see the daily Aarti ceremony
City Tour - Visit Banaras Hindu University, Durga Mata Mandir and Bharat Mata Mandir
Boat Ride - Go on a sunrise boat ride along the River Ganges
Sarnath Temple Ruins - See where Buddha delivered his first sermon and visit the archaeological museum

Included

Breakfast daily
Touring - City tour of Varanasi
Services of English-speaking Indian specialist guides for all included sight-seeing
All relevant transfers and transportation in private modern Chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicles
Visit to Sanarth Temple Ruins and Archaelogical Museum
2 nights 4 star hotel
Entrance fees for all included sightseeing
Return economy class flights Delhi to Varanasi
Sunrise boat cruise on the holy River Ganges in Varanasi

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tipping - An entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Delhi to Varanasi

Delhi to Varanasi. Transfer to Delhi Airport for our flight to Varansai. Arrive Varanasi and transfer to your hotel. Later, we enjoy an evening visit to the Ganges to see the Aarti ceremony. The Ganga Aarti is a ritual performed by use of fire, lamp and chants, on the ghats of River Ganga. We will watch as small lamps are lit with fire and oil, decorated with flowers, and floated onto the River Ganges as a ritual offering for the Indian deity, Ganga.
Overnight: Varanasi

Day 2

Explore Varanasi

Varanasi. Rise and shine, for an early morning boat ride along the Ganges River, where you can watch the sunrise illuminate the ancient city. Not only will we experience breathtaking views of the Varanasi Ghats from the water, we will also get to witness locals performing Hindu puja - sunrise rituals that involve prayer, songs and ritual bathing.

Afterwards, return to the hotel for breakfast before setting off on a morning city tour. We will get to visit sites including Banaras Hindu University, Durga Mata Mandir, and Bharat Mata Mandir.

We will end the day with a visit to the Sarnath Temple Ruins and Museum. A holy Buddhist site, Sarnath is said to be the location where Buddha held his first sermon.
Overnight: Varanasi  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Varanasi to Delhi

Varanasi - Delhi. Today we bid you farewell with a transfer to Varanasi Airport for your included flight to Delhi.

If you'd like to extend your stay, we offer a variety of hotels, short stays and add-ons for you to choose from. Please read our best places to visit or best things to see each month for suggested places to visit on your holiday. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please let us know so we can accommodate your request.

For information about visas, top travel tips, best time to travel and much more, browse our travel guide.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single Room' price is applicable when a single room is required, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply, contact us for details.

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Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Hotel Madin, Varanasi

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

The Hotel Madin immerses its guests in luxury and finery, allowing them to unwind in style and comfort. Each of the guestrooms is colourful and decorated with rich fabrics and plush furniture. They also come with fantastic ensuite facilities and range of modern amenities to ensure you lack nothing during your stay. When it comes to dining, guests can choose between a quick snack at the hotel's coffee shop or a delicious meal at one of the restaurants. The hotel also boasts an outdoor swimming pool, gym and spa.

Radisson Hotel, Varanasi

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Radisson Hotel offers comfortable and modern accommodation, with each room equipped with a LED TV, an air conditioning unit, a mini bar and fridge. With 24-hour reception, a pool, gym, restaurants, a coffee shop and even conference room facilities, you'll have everything you could possibly need right at your fingertips. The Radisson is also conveniently located, right near the action! A short distance away from the famous Ganges, the hotel is also close to some of Varanasi's premiere locations. From the stunning Kashi Vishwanath Temple, to the Tulsi Manas Temple and the Ramnagar Fort Musem.

Om Vilas Benares, Varanasi

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Om Vilas Benares presents a luxurious retreat in Varanasi, boasting an array of amenities including an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, and a lush garden. The resort's restaurant serves delectable meals, while the air-conditioned rooms feature private bathrooms for guests' comfort. With a 24-hour front desk, room service, and complimentary WiFi throughout the property, guests can expect seamless service. Each room is equipped with modern conveniences such as a wardrobe, bed linen, and a balcony offering scenic garden views. For leisure activities, the resort provides a children's playground, and guests can also enjoy fishing and cycling in the area.

Rivatas by Ideal, Varanasi

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

If you're looking for a blissful stay with modern luxuries, look no further than Rivatas by Ideal. Each suite is delightful, sophisticated, and decorated with warm hues and modern interiors. There is also an on-site restaurant, spa, fitness center and pool. Check in now, for a stay in the heart of Varanasi.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Delhi
Ends
Delhi
Departs
Any day of the year
Group Size
Min 1 / Max NA
Hotel Rating
Our rating: Superior
Tour Guide
Yes, for all included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 2
Countries
Minimum Age
5 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
No
Dep. Transfer
No
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