Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Discover Varanasi

Located on the River Ganges, Varanasi is a place of great religious significance, believed to be the location where Buddha founded Buddhism in 528 BC when he gave his first sermon, The Setting in Motion of the Wheel of Dharma. Many Hindus believe that dying here and being cremated along the river banks breaks the cycle of rebirth and achieves salvation.

Things to do in Varanasi

Enjoy a memorable experience with a visit to Varanasi, India’s holiest city, home to hundreds of temples and a maze of lanes waiting to be explored.

  • Visit the The Famous Ghats. The ghats are the stepped terraces which lead down to the water’s edge. Every morning they team with life as pilgrims are drawn to the river to perform their morning rituals and prayers. Or visit at sunset when the place offers a powerful atmospheric experience with the River Worship Ceremony
  • Experience the River Worship Ceremony. In the evening head out on the River Ganges for an amazing spectacle. See the priests perform prayers, the flaming torches accompanied by the heady smell of incense, followed by the sight of thousands of lamps floating on the Ganges in honour of the River Goddess
  • Enjoy a boat trip on the Ganges
  • Wander through the narrow streets discovering the city
  • Spend some time at the market stalls bartering for some keepsakes of this special place.

The best way to see Varanasi

If you would like to visit Varanasi, why not take a look at one of our wonderful ATOL and ABTA protected holidays?  Please remember all our private tours are designed to meet your exact requirements, and the tours mentioned are just examples to help inspire you. Contact our travel experts on 01792 315499 or email info@aitholidays.com for more information.