Essential India: Varanasi Post-Tour Extension

Discover one of the world's oldest cities and the heart of spiritual India steeped in legend and traditions. Varanasi is intoxicating and is sure to awaken all of your senses.

Journey Overview

Discover one of the world’s oldest cities and the heart of spiritual India steeped in legend and tradition. Located on the banks of the River Ganges, Varanasi is intoxicating and a sensual awakening, filled with ancient temples and the aroma of incense. Observe life and death along the river, see pilgrims come to worship and learn about Buddha and his teachings in nearby Sarnath. 

Journey Highlights

  • Cruise slowly down the River Ganges accompanied to the sounds of Sitar and table
  • Witness the evening Aarti ceremony on the banks of the sacred river
  • Observe the wrestlers at an akhara, Indian style gymnasium
  • Discover Sarnath where Lord Budha preached his first sermon
  • Learn the basic of yoga with a private class

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Jaipur - Varanasi

Fly from Jaipur to Varanasi, India's City of Temples to a warm A&K greeting before a private transfer to your luxury accommodation. Settle into your hotel before an evening visit to the River Ganges to witness the Aarti ceremony. Considered to be one of the most sacred rituals of Hinduism, the ceremony pays homage to the element of fire and to Hindu deities. 
Taj Ganges, Varanasi (Superior Room)

Day 2: Varanasi

Rise early for a sunrise Ganges boat trip. Drift slowly down the river, accompanied by local musicians playing the sitar and table, and soak up the serenity as the sacred river comes to life. See pilgrims immersing themselves at the bathing ghats and offering their morning prayers to the rising sun.

Then, set out to explore the city, which is home to more than a thousand temples and shrines. Wander through the old town with its narrow lanes, bustling markets and vibrant temples. Step inside a traditional akhara, a gymnasium where men of all ages practice a traditional form of wrestling known as kushti or pehlwani.

After time to relax, journey to Sarnath where Lord Buddha is said to have preached his first sermon. Participate in a discussion with a Buddhist monk and learn about Buddhist teachings and practices before discovering Buddhist art treasures in the Archaeological Museum.
Taj Ganges, Varanasi (Superior Room) | Meals: B

Day 3: Varanasi - Depart Delhi

Start your day by transporting yourself to new heights of relaxation in a private yoga session. Refreshed and relaxed, transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Delhi.
Meals: B

Journey Details

Can only be booked in conjunction with Essential India.

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Journey Dates & Prices

Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing for this Extension will vary from low season to peak season travel.

As a result, it is not available for online booking.

Please call A&K on 1300 851 800 or send us a booking enquiry to book this journey.