Varanasi Shoreline

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Varanasi Holidays

India's Spiritual Capital

If you’re daydreaming about a trip to India, you’re probably conjuring up an image of Varanasi. Widely considered as the country’s spiritual capital and Hinduism’s holiest city, this magical tapestry of temples, monasteries and ashrams is as evocative as they come.

Crucially, Varanasi is lined on one side by the sacred waters of the Ganges, and pilgrims flock here from far and wide to tread the ghats, wash away their sins in the river water, and light funeral pyres to lost relatives.

It’s a humbling glimpse of day-to-day life that’s best experienced from a river cruise, as the sun rises or sets over this majestic horizon.

Yet, while the banks of the Ganges draw the largest crowds – more than a million make the pilgrimage every year – Varanasi, as one of the world’s oldest cities, has plenty more to offer.

Thousands of temples line the winding streets of this holy city, which is also known as Banaras or Benaras. Established in 1916, the museum at Benares Hindu University is a must-see. It bursts at the seams with artistic and archaeological treasures, including delicate Mughal miniature paintings.

Destination Highlights
  • Sacred and spiritual city
  • One of the world's oldest cities
Essential Information
  • Time Zone GMT +5.5 hours
  • Currency INR - Indian Rupee
  • Visa Information British citizens are required to obtain a visa from the Indian embassy prior to arrival.
  • Language Hindi and English are widely spoken.
  • Flight Time Short 1 hour 40 minute flight from Delhi.
  • Health Information Some vaccinations are recommended when travelling to certain areas in India. Please contact your GP for vaccination requirements.

Top Tips from our Experts

Lucy

Destination Specialist

"A trip to the Varanasi, is not complete with out witnessing the Aarti Hindu Ritual on the Holy Ghats in the evening." 

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