Varanasi Tour Packages

Varanasi tour packages are highly popular holiday & pilgrimage packages which unfold rich exotic variegated scenic landscape, cultural heritage, traditional art, architectural monuments, colourful cultural life, gay festivals, traditions and varied customs of the holy city of Varanasi, representing a way of life. Varanasi, the cultural capital of India, charms the tourists from across the globe for the magic of the Ganges. Varanasi tour packages are many, serving unique interests of the tourists. Varanasi, also called Kashi (city of life), is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. Haloed by high spiritual traditions, Varanasi has been a centre of pilgrimage for more than a thousand years. Located east of the state of Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi is an important tourist destination in northern India. This is the best destination to discover the mysticism associated with the Hindu religion and also visit the Sarnath, a Buddhist site near Varanasi. The Ganga adorns the front of this city of Shiva, in a graceful crescentic curve. The city has been a leading centre of country’s way of life and had imbibed many cultures, civilizations and religions since very early times. Varanasi is considered to be the ‘oldest living city of the world’, and on account of its fascinating facets, continues to attract devout pilgrims and enthusiastic tourists, all the year round, in ever increasing numbers.

Varanasi tour offers a traveler a unique opportunity to explore and experience the mysticism and spiritualism of the Vedic philosophy and Hindu way of life. The ancient Sanskrit literature is full of several references about this city. In Upanishads and Mahabharata, the city has been mentioned as an important centre of Hindu (Sanatan) philosophy and religion. As per common belief, Lord Shiva, the presiding deity of the city, is present here in each and every pebble of the Varanasi. Here, going to temple is a sort of recreation or hobby in the form of daily routine. Taking a holy bath, visiting their respective deities, making a mark (teeka/ tilak – टीका / तिलक) on the forehead, offering sweets, distributing and eating it and then taking betel, all is done as a pleasure duty or in the form of enjoyment. In spite of various shrines of Lord Vishwanath (the Lord of the universe), there are innumerable sacred shrines of many cults located all over the city. The city enjoys a unique position on the left bank of the holy river Ganga forming a crescent shape. The major part of the city, as its name denotes, lies between the two rivers Varuna in the north and Assi in the south. The stretch of Ganga is marked by more than eighty “ghats”, step-stones leading to Ganga. These ghats are excellent riverfronts serving as embankment and theater of cultural and routine day-to-day activities. Ghats of Varanasi are must-see tourist attractions.

Recognized as one of the oldest living cities in the world & formerly known as Kashi, Benares /Banaras, Varanasi, the sacred city of the Hindus, is one of the five largest cities of Uttar Pradesh. It is home to Kashi Vishwanath Temple, one of the “Dwadash Jyotirlingam”. Also, there are many ancient temples devoted to the different gods of the Hindus. Ramnagar Fort and Buddhist site of Sarnath are historical monuments to be discovered. Sarnath is the place where Buddha gave his first lesson. Foreign tourists include in their itinerary visit to some important religious centers like Varanasi to understand and have a glimpse of the deep-rooted phenomenon of pilgrimage in India. Varanasi tours offer opportunity to explore city by partaking in several activities. Varanasi tour itineraries, henceforth, can be customized. The most popular activity in Varanasi (Benares) is a boat ride on the river Ganges. This boat cruise in Varanasi is a unique experience offering you a view of the Ghats- the pilgrims performing Puja, the incineration of bodies, etc. In the evening, attend Ganga aarti on the ghats.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Regarding Varanasi Tour Packages

Varanasi is also known as Banaras and Kashi. In ancient historical and religious literature, Varanasi has also been mentioned as Avimukt Kshetra (अविमुक्त क्षेत्र) & Anandvan (आनंदवन).

Considered as Lord Shiva’s city, Varanasi is known for temples, ghats, River Ganga, ashram, Sanskrit learning, Sarnath (the place where Lord Buddha initiated Dharmachakrapravartana), Hindu culture, Kashi Vishwanath (one of the Dwadash Jyotirlinga), Banarasi saree, Benares Hindu University (BHU), Vyas Kashi , classical music & dance etc.

Varanasi is the land of innumerable exotic experiences, activities and attractions. Depending upon the duration and nature of the travel, Varanasi tour packages may include following not-be-missed attractions like evening Ganga Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat, morning boat ride in the Ganga, ambience of Manikarnika Ghat at the time of burning pyres, heritage walk through narrow alleys, savouring street food, handlooms weaving silk sarees, a visit to Hindu temple, dinner in a rooftop café on the banks of Ganga, walk along the ghat, watch wrestling in traditional akhara, holy dip in Ganga, Subah-e-Banaras at Assi Ghat etc.

For a tourist to explore and visit major highlights of Varanasi, minimum two full days sightseeing will be enough.

Varanasi, the cultural capital of India, is a holy city. Sale & purchase of alcohol is allowed in Varanasi but with a rider. Alcohol is not permitted to be sold within periphery of 250 meters of any temple or heritage site. With respect to Kashi Vishwanath, one of the Dwadash Jyotirlinga, the rules are even stricter and sale of liquor is prohibited within one kilometer of it. Therefore, Varanasi is not a dry city.

Varanasi is perfectly safe for the tourists. Known for its intense experience, Varanasi happens to be a cultural shock for the foreign tourists. A large number of domestic and global tourists reach here daily. By following few tips, a traveler will remain safe and explore the city in the most relaxed manner. Women tourists need to be dressed rather conservatively. Avoid getting into a trap of a ‘lapka’ (illegal guide). Varanasi is replete with eating joints but a tourist is advised to be careful about where you eat. Remain cautious about your valuables. If not urgent, don’t roam around late in the night.

Varanasi, the holiest city of the Hindus, is not only a pilgrimage & historical place but also has been a thriving commercial center since the ages. Some of the popular markets and shopping places in Varanasi are Thatheri Bazaar, Vishwanath Gali, Godowlia, Dal Mandi, Lahurabir, Chowk (Vishveshwarganj) etc.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple is the most revered shrine in Varanasi. In addition to Kashi Vishwanath, there are several venerable temples like Annapurna Devi Temple, Kedareshwar Mahadev Temple, Kal Bhairav Temple, Adi Keshav Temple, Sankat Mochan Temple, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple, Bharat Mata Temple, Nepali Kathwala Temple, Lalita Devi Temple, Vyas Temple etc.

There are more than eighty four ghats on the banks of Ganga in Varanasi. These ghats hold immense religious & cultural significance among the people of Banaras. Some of the famous ghats in Varanasi are Dashashwamedh Ghat, Assi Ghat, Tulsi Ghat, Dandi Ghat, Ganga Mahal Ghat, Harishchandra Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Sankata Ghat, Adi Keshav Ghat etc.

The ghats of Varanasi are built on 3 km long stretch of western bank of Ganga. Ganga is the sacred most river and worshipped by the Hindu faithful as goddess and ‘Mother’. Though taking a bath in Ganga at any ghat is in itself auspicious but, from religious point of view, having holy dip in the divine river at Assi Ghat, Panchganga Ghat, Dashashwamedh Ghat, Adi Keshav Ghat and Manikarnika Ghat, followed by ‘darshan’ of & prayer in Kashi Vishwanath, Annapurna Devi and Sakshi Vinayak holds immense significance.

The holy city of Varanasi, cultural capital of India, seems to be a perennial fair of street foods. Innumerable dishes, unique tastes, pleasant aroma and exotic ambience make the tourists to salivate. Relish Kachori Sabji of Ram Bhandar, Aloo Kachori of Vishwanath Mishthan Bhandar at Vishweshwar Ganj, Desi Ghee Ki Jalebi, Baati Chokha at Anand Mandir Cinema, Aloo Tamatar Chaat & Golgappe of Kashi Chaat Bhandar, Launglata & Rabri of Pahalwan Lassi Corner at Lanka, Lassi at Baba Lassi, Thandai of Baba, Chhena Dahi Bada of Om Shree Ram Bhandar, Bhog of Annapurna Temple, Kulhad Wali Chai, Lemon Tea near ghats, Banarasi Paan of Keshav Paan Bhandar at Lanka, Malaiyyo of Markandey, Sweets & ‘namkin’ of Ksheer Saagar in Varanasi.

The best time to visit Varanasi is from October to mid-April due to twin reasons – first, the climate is pleasant and most conducive for the tourists; second, most of the cultural festivals like Diwali, Durga Puja, Dussehra, Holi etc are celebrated during this period, unfolding the vibrant aspects of Kashi.

The cultural capital of India celebrates festivals with religious zeal. Among the most popular festivals in Varanasi are Mahashivaratri, Diwali, Dev Deepawali, Budhwa Mangal, Dussehra, Holi, Chhath, Vasant Panchami, Hanuman Jayanti, Dhrupad Mela, Annakut, Rangbhari Ekadashi, Makar Sankranti, Akshaya Tritiya and Ganga Dussehra.

The Ganga Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi is conducted every day at 6:30 PM in the summer season and at 6:00 PM during winter season. The Ganga Aarti lasts for 45 minutes. It can be watched by sitting at the stairs of the ghat or boarding on boat.

Any kind of dress can be put on in Varanasi with a suggestion that girl /woman tourists should avoid wearing too revealing garments.

Located on the trident of Lord Shiva and considered cultural hub of India, Varanasi is one of the holiest pilgrimages of the Hindus. Famous for its temples and ghats, Kashi is the center of Sanskrit learning. Kashi Vishwanath and Ganga make the city holier than holy. The ancient city of Banaras finds mention in Vedas, Upnishad, Aranyaka, Smritis, Puranas and epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata etc. Owing to intact centuries old traditional practices, unique lifestyle, aura of ethereal spirituality and cultural heritage, Varanasi is so special.

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