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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, 3 nights from only £645 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.


  • Day 1 Varanasi, 2 nights
  • Day 2 Varanasi
  • Day 3 Delhi, Overnight
  • Day 4 Depart Delhi

Day 1: Varanasi, 2 nights

Following the departure of our travelling companions for Delhi, on day 10 of The Golden Triangle & Ranthambore tour, we fly from Jaipur to Varanasi early in the afternoon and make our way to the Taj Ganges hotel, our home for two nights. This 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 2: 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.


Included meals: Breakfast and dinner


Day 3: 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 Novotel Aerocity Hotel.


Included meals: Breakfast and dinner


Day 4: Depart Delhi

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


Included meals: Breakfast and in-flight dinner and drinks


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)
September 2021 – August 2022
 All Dates £645
September 2022 – August 2023
 All Dates £695


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

Single occupancy supplement: £175.

Deposit: When booking the Golden Triangle & Ranthambore tour, your deposit will cover the Varanasi extension.

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: An e-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
  • Three 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

100% confidence

  • Your holiday is covered by our Price Promise
  • Your holiday is covered by our Covid Guarantee
  • Your holiday is fully ATOL protected

Taj Ganges, 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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  •   Distant Journeys rating

Novotel New Delhi Aerocity, Delhi

Conveniently located just a few minutes from Indira Gandhi International Airport, the Novotel New Delhi Aerocity is a superb, modern hotel and a great base from which to enjoy all that Delhi has to offer. The air-conditioned rooms are spacious… Find out more >
  • Star-Rating-5
  •   Official rating
  • Star-Rating-4
  •   Distant Journeys rating

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Our India tours are new itineraries with departures in 2022. This page will be updated with reviews as soon as our returning customers are contacted by the independent reviews company Feefo. In the meantime, please feel free to look at the reviews for our other tours – 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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