Varanasi Independent Adventure

A perfect add-on to any trip to India, explore the mystical and holy Hindu city of Varanasi. Take memorable sunset and sunrise boat trips down the Ganges River and be enthralled by the thousands of devotees who come to the banks of the river to absolve themselves of their sins. Witness the bathing ghats and centuries-old temples, and explore the narrow winding lanes in search of exquisite silks, brassware, and stunning saris. Also visit Sarnath, known as the birthplace of Buddhism and the site of the enlightened Buddha’s first sermon.

  • Duration: 3 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Supplier Tour ID: TAHVIC/166457
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Varanasi, India
  • Finishes: Varanasi, India
  • Age requirement: 2 +
You will Visit
  • Varanasi



Day 1: Varanasi

Arrive in Varanasi at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Varanasi is the quintessential Indian holy city, where millions of Hindus travel for pilgrimage, to worship, to mourn, or to die.


Day 2: Varanasi

Take a private city tour of one of the world's oldest cities and one of Hinduism's holiest sites; Varanasi is a fantastic spectacle of colours and pilgrim ceremonies. In the afternoon take an excursion to Sarnath, where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon. Later, take a sunset boat trip along the Ganges River where thousands of devotees perform holy rituals, hoping to attain eternal salvation. Witness the sunset prayers on the banks of the river.
Varanasi is a pure vegetarian town – no eggs, meat, fish, or alcohol is allowed (within a certain distance of the river Ganges). Opt to visit Chaat Gali, a street of vendors selling the spiciest chaat (savoury snack) in the state. A visit to Varanasi is incomplete without tasting paan -- it is the perfect end to any meal and comes in many varieties – stuffed with gulkhand (rose petal preserve), cardamom, or grated coconut.


Day 3: Varanasi

Get up early for a sunrise boat ride along the Ganges and observe the dawn rituals of bathing and burial. Tour ends upon return to the hotel.

    • Arrival transfer
    • Varanasi city tour
    • Sunset and sunrise boat trip on the holy Ganges River
    • Guided excursion to Sarnath
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Comfort hotels (2 nts)
    • 2 breakfasts
    Group Leader
    • This tour is an Independent Adventure with no group and no CEO (Chief Experience Officer). A G Adventures representative will meet you and give you a briefing to start your trip and there will be local guides provided at the included sights
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Tour Highlights:
  • Cruise the Ganges River and observe local traditions and rituals
  • Explore Varanasi's Old City and marvel at its ghats
  • See where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon