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Discover holy Varanasi over three incredible days

Confronting, climactic, and revered by millions of Hindus, Varanasi is one of India’s most defining experiences. Towering temples and smoldering ghats (riverside steps) compose an eerie and enigmatic riverside, local residents wash their garments in the Ganges waters alongside the atoning faithful, and Hindu holy men offer up their prayers amidst the sporadic cheers erupting from makeshift cricket tournaments playing out across the boardwalks.

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Varanasi, India
Varanasi, India
Independent Experiences
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
1 review
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 3

Why we love this trip

  • Get to know Varanasi on a cycle rickshaw tour through the streets of the Old City

  • Observe Hindu pilgrims washing away their sins in The Ganges

  • Witness an evening puja festival down by the ghats

  • Experience sunrise on a cruise down the Ganges

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is not a group trip but an independent experience. You will have a local guide show you around Varanasi.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2015 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Your Independent Experience starts today in Varanasi with an arrival transfer.
Meet your guide at your accommodation and get some tips on how to spend your first day exploring and the best place for dinner.
  • Hotel Hindustan International or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Set off by cycle rickshaw to visit the oldest part of the city, bustling with tourists and priests, and see 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 and performing rituals and ceremonies unchanged for hundreds of years; temples full of bell chimes 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, on a Ganges River cruise as the sun sets.
  • Hotel Hindustan International or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Varanasi - Baranas Hindu University visit
  • Varanasi - Local Guide
  • Varanasi - Old City Walking Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Start early with a sunrise boat ride on the Ganges, passing the many ghats and temples along the river.
After the boat ride we transfer back to the hotel to freshen up and have breakfast.
Your tour ends today in Varanasi after breakfast.
There are no activities planned until your included departure transfer to the airport or train station.
Additional accommodation is available to extend your stay or you may like to add on another of our Independent Experiences or Urban Adventures in India.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast


2 breakfasts


Bicycle rickshaw, Boat, Private vehicle


Comfortable hotel

Included Activities

  • Varanasi - Baranas Hindu University visit
  • Varanasi - Local Guide
  • Varanasi - Old City Walking Tour


Our Varanasi Experience - Independent trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 1 review in the last year.

Varanasi Experience - Independent, November 2015

Barbara Smith

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