Arrival in Varanasi

Day 1

Arrival in Varanasi

You’ll arrive in Varanasi by train or plane and you’ll arrange your own transfer to your quirky and comfortable heritage hotel on the banks of the Ganges. Each with a different local style and personality, with Indian art on the walls. The hotel also has small roof top restaurant serving tasty local dishes, with great views over the riverside ghats below. In the evening, take a stroll down to the ghats and watch the boat lights twinkle at sundown.

Lady sitting on a boat floating down the Ganges River in India

Day 2

Varanasi - Ganges Boat Trip

At dawn, you’ll set off on an atmospheric boat trip down the Ganges, where you’ll see ritual bathing in the sacred waters and hear the soft chants of pilgrims. The Ganges is flanked by a series of ghats – broad stone staircases leading down to the water – that stretch for many miles along the Ganges. You can stroll along the traffic-free ghats, and attend the evening prayer ceremony on the main ghat where flower candles are set afloat on the river.

Following your dawn boat trip, you’ll take a short guided walk through the old part of Varanasi. The rest of the day is free for you to explore at your own pace. Life and death rub shoulders here like nowhere else on earth. Next to the cremation ghats, you’ll find kids playing cricket, holy men smoking, cows nosing through rubbish and women beating laundry on the rocks.

Your Varanasi trip finishes the next morning, and you’ll get ready to continue your adventure through India.

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