Varanasi extension to Hidden & Wild India

Land Tour

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Join the group after the"Hidden & Wild India" tour as they go on to Varanasi.

Varanasi is a city in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh dating to the 11th century B.C. Regarded as the spiritual capital of India, the city draws Hindu pilgrims who bathe in the Ganges River’s sacred waters and perform funeral rites.

Along the city's winding streets are some 2,000 temples, including Kashi Vishwanath, the “Golden Temple,” dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. 

The magical auspicious city of Varanasi, best described as the India of your imagination!

This is India’s most holy city and has a spiritual legacy stretching across 3,000 years. It is an important Hindu pilgrimage centre and attracts a large number of people from all over the world.

Single supplement AU$375

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Tour Provider Journeys Worldwide
Number Of Days
Price From
Price per person, twin share
Start Location
Delhi, India
End Location
Delhi, India
Age Range
No age restriction
Group Size
6 to 12
Tour Style
Tour Themes
Adventure, Small group, Solo
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
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Delhi to Varanasi - Monday, 11th March

After breakfast/checkout you will be transferred to Delhi airport to catch flight to Varanasi.

Upon your arrival at Varanasi ‘Lal Bahadur Shastri’ Airport you will be met and transferred to your Hotel for check-in with welcome briefing.

Ganges sunrise boat cruise & Heritage walking tour

Varanasi is believed to offer its visitors ‘Moksha’, liberation from cycle of rebirth.
Our sacred journey in this holy city begins with Sunrise Boat Cruise on ‘The Ganges River’.
Capture picturesque views riverfront steps ‘Ghats’ filled with ancient temples, classic houses and hundreds of pilgrims who come to wash-away their sins in this sacred river.
Witness cremation rituals at Burning Ghats of ‘Manikarnika’ and understand the meaning of Karma, Salvation and Afterlife.
Return to Hotel for breakfast.

Take a Heritage Walk Tour through the maze-like streets of Varanasi. First stop, we visit a traditional Indian Wrestling Joint ‘Akhada’ and watch wrestlers perform using traditional exercise tools or doing ‘Kushti’ – an Indian wrestling on fresh mud pits.
Pure Varanasi Silk is world-renowned and we visit a Traditional Silk Weaving Unit to experience this rare art.
Explore 1776 built Vishwananth Gold Temple covered in 800 Kg of Gold dedicated to ‘Lord Shiva’, the principle deity of Hinduism. Outside the temple enjoy a session of Indian Palm Reading by Hindu Astrologers locally called ‘Jyotish’.
After the tour, return back to your hotel.

Sarnath tour & Ganges sunset boat cruise

After breakfast, you will be driven to the buried Buddhist City of ‘Sarnath’, where ‘Lord Buddha’ began his preaching and gave birth to Buddhism.
Here we visit inside Archaeological Museum housing rare excavations from 3rd century AD.
After tour return back to your hotel.

Buddha came to Sarnath to preach his message of the middle way to nirvana after he achieved enlightenment at Bodhgaya and gave his famous first sermon at the deer park here in Isipatana.
In the 3rd century BC, Emperor Ashoka erected magnificent stupas and monasteries here, as well as an engraved pillar.
When Chinese traveller Xuan Zang dropped by in AD 640, Sarnath boasted a 100m-high stupa and 1500 monks living in large monasteries.

Evening at the riverfront of The Ganges to participate with the locals in a Sunset Ceremony - Aarti. This is a Sanskrit prayer performed to worship The Ganges River by several priests, accompanied by bells, drums, cymbals and flower petals.

Return flight to Delhi - Thursday, 14th March

After Breakfast/Checkout you will be transferred to Varanasi airport to catch your flight to Delhi.

Inclusions Expand
3 nights accommodation, with breakfast daily,
2 domestic flights as per itinerary,
all activities and transfers as per itinerary,
personalised 'Meet & Greet' at Airports & Hotels
All Entrance fees/tickets/permits at monuments as per itinerary
2 bottles of mineral water per day per person in vehicle.

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