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Varanasi is India’s spiritual home. A sacred 3,000-year-old Hindu city, resting on the banks of the illustrious Ganges. A city filled with enchanting mysticism, astonishing temples and sacred waters. Most visitors agree, whilst not for the faint-hearted, Varanasi is both a magical and powerful experience.

This holiday extension is available to add to the end of our Golden Triangle & Ranthambore tour.

Varanasi, from only £795 per person

On the banks of the sacred Ganges the spiritual city of Varanasi offers many highlights, including the famous Aarti ceremony and to experience sunrise over the Ganges by boat. The 4-day holiday extension to Varanasi is the perfect way to finish your Golden Triangle & Ranthambore tour.

This itinerary follows on from Day 10 of our Golden Triangle & Ranthambore tour.

Itinerary

  • Day 10 Varanasi, 3 nights
  • Day 11 Varanasi
  • Day 12 Varanasi
  • Day 13 Delhi, Overnight
  • Day 14 Depart Delhi / Arrive UK

Day 10: Varanasi, 3 nights

Following the departure of our travelling companions for Delhi, we fly from Jaipur to Varanasi early in the afternoon and make our way
to The Taj Ganges Hotel, our home for three nights.

Included meals: Breakfast and dinner

 

Day 11: Varanasi

Varanasi comes alive early in the morning as pilgrims flock to the river banks to bathe in the holy water and worship the rising sun. We rise early and enjoy a leisurely boat ride on the Ganges – a truly spectacular and cherished sight. Following our spiritual start to the day, we explore the old city and Bharat Mata Temple, a Hindu shrine dedicated to the Goddesses. This afternoon, we visit Sarnath, where Buddha delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment, and survey the important treasures contained within Sarnath’s archaeological museum. In the evening, we experience the Aarti ceremony, an uplifting spiritual ritual near the Ganges where shells will be blown and incense sticks will be lit in large numbers. During this Hindu ritual of worship, hundreds of lamps will be illuminated to shine bright into the evening, and will be held aloft by the pandits as they chant ancient and enchanting hymns.

Included meals: Breakfast and dinner

 

Day 12: Varanasi

A morning sightseeing tour includes visits to Banaras Hindu University campus, New Vishwanath Temple and Sankat Mochan Temple. In the evening, why not join a walking tour exploring the importance of Varanasi to the Hindu faith?

Included meals: Breakfast and dinner

 

Day 13: Delhi, Overnight

Our day is at leisure to relax or further explore the intriguing city of Varanasi prior to our afternoon flight to Delhi. Upon arrival we make our way to the Pride Plaza Hotel Aerocity for our final evening in India.

Included meals: Breakfast and dinner

 

Delhi skyline with dusky light

Day 13: Depart Delhi / Arrive UK

After breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye to the many charms of India as we transfer to the airport, to will begin our journey back to the UK. Our flight arrives later today.

Included meals: Breakfast and in-flight meals and drinks included

 

 

 

Varanasi – Departure dates & prices

To help you make your holiday to India even more memorable, we want to give you the opportunity to extend your Golden Triangle & Ranthambore tour the way you want to. We give the flexibility of a number of extensions to choose from, including the holiest city in Hindu culture, Varanasi, sat on the banks of the river Ganges.

 Departure date Price (pp)
 2024
 September From £795
 October – December From £845
 2025
 January – March From £845
 April From £795

*These dates operate with a two night stay in Varanasi. Please click here for details.

Prices: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room.

Single occupancy supplement: £145 (October 2023 to April 2024). £195 (September 2024). £225 (October 2024 to March 2025). £195 (April 2025).

Minimum numbers: A minimum of 2 guests from the tour is required for this extension. If only one passenger is taking the extension a higher single supplement may be applicable.

Visa information: A Tourist visa is required for travel to India. For more information on applying for your visa and the associated costs, please refer to our FAQ’s page.

Important information: Prices are subject to availability but the correct price will always be confirmed before you book. For full terms and conditions see our terms and conditions page.

So much included

Escorted holidays to India are designed to include a lot in your tour. And the great news is that on the Varanasi extension, so much of what you do and see is already included in the price.

Flights with scheduled airlines

  • Economy class flights between Jaipur and Varanasi, and Varanasi to Delhi.
  • All airport charges, security charges and any applicable fuel surcharges

Carefully selected hotels

  • First class and deluxe hotels in great locations
  • Hotel porterage
  • Applicable hotel taxes

Many meals

  • Daily breakfast
  • Four dinners

Unforgettable experiences

  • Experience the Aarti ceremony
  • City tour of Varanasi and visit to the Sarnath
  • Early morning boat ride on the Ganges

On the ground

  • Services of an experienced guide and driver
  • All overseas transfers

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  • Your holiday is covered by our Covid Guarantee
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Taj Ganges Hotel, Varanasi

The Taj Ganges is a peaceful getaway in the sacred city of Varanasi. Spread over 42 acres of lush, tropical gardens, the hotel’s modern facilities, superb service and choice of cuisines make for a perfect place to relax and unwind.… Find out more >
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  •   Official rating
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Pride Plaza Hotel Aerocity, Delhi

Pride Plaza Hotel is situated in New Delhi’s modern Aerocity area, so named for its handy proximity to Delhi Airport. The hotel is built on a grand scale, and boasts ultra-modern facilities blended with authentic Indian furnishings and artwork. An… Find out more >
  • Star-Rating-5
  •   Official rating
  • Star-Rating-4
  •   Distant Journeys rating

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This holiday extension is available to add to the end of our Golden Triangle & Ranthambore tour, and the following customer reviews have been independently verified by Feefo, who are a leading independent reviews company. We’re sure you will be impressed with the service our guests receive and the great reviews they kindly give us!

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