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Varanasi
Tailor-made Varanasi Holidays

Intoxicating, intense and occasionally overwhelming, Varanasi is one of India’s holiest cities, ‘older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend’ as Mark Twain put it. For thousands of years, Hindu pilgrims have come to this spot on the banks of the sacred Ganges to take part in rituals of life and death, hoping to be released from the eternal cycle of rebirth.

The main focus of activity is the ghats, the steep steps down to the water’s edge that line the banks for several miles. Here, in the designated section, you’ll find crowds of people washing away their sins, sadhus in saffron-coloured robes meditating, priests performing pujas and families cremating their dead. In the warren of narrow lanes behind, amid a jumble of temples and peeling palaces, there’s a constant coming and going. The scent of sandalwood, jasmine and incense hangs in the air, along with the sound of chanted mantras, clanging temple bells and the eerie cry of conch shell horns, broken by the occasional screech of monkeys stealing from the food stalls. 

Make sense of this extraordinary ancient city with the help of our Varanasi gurus who can arrange immersive tours led by local guides.

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A touch of royal splendour at Taj Nadesar Palace

by Amit Tandon
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Sample Varanasi’s street food delights

by Jeremy 'Jai' Oltmann
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Discover the northern bazars and hidden alleys of Varanasi

by Jeremy 'Jai' Oltmann
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Experience an aarti ceremony in the moonlight

by Bhanu Pratap Singh Bhati
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Varanasi

Death and rebirth: a Varanasi night walk

by Jeremy 'Jai' Oltmann
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BrijRama Palace Hotel: the palace on the River Ganges

by Rajeev Kumar
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Varanasi at dawn

by Bhanu Pratap Singh Bhati
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