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Gain a deeper appreciation of Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India. From the rituals performed on the banks of the River Ganges to the narrow alleyways and local vendors in the Old City, Varanasi, (or Benares or Kashi as it is also known) promises an unforgettable experience.




After breakfast onboard, take a train to the sacred city of Varanasi. Check in to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

Overnight: Taj Ganges Hotel Varanasi
Meals: None



Take rowing boats for sunrise over the bathing ghats along the Ganges. After breakfast, visit the old city and explore the labyrinth of narrow streets, visiting Kashi Vishwanath temple and witnessing local weavers in action. After lunch, visit Sarnath where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon at the Deer Park. Finish the day with a walk along the Ghats to witness the Aarti rituals before feasting on the local delicacies at the Kebab Factory.

Overnight: Taj Ganges Hotel Varanasi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



After breakfast in your hotel, check out and transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

Meals: Breakfast

Rates include

2 night accommodation at Taj Ganges or similar, 2 buffet breakfast at hotel, 1 lunch, 1 dinner, 1 one-way train ticket between Varanasi and Patna per person, English speaking guide, excursions and entry fees as noted in the itinerary and all applicable taxes.

Price per traveller in USD

Accommodation Type Price per Traveller
Sharing (2 Pax) US$758.70
Single (1 Pax) US$1,001.70

Extension Code: LTID-VAR-POST-2

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