Varanasi, one of world’s oldest living cities, is rightly called the religious capital of India. Also known as Banaras, this holy city is located in the southeastern part of the state of Uttar Pradesh in northern India. It rests on the left bank of the holy river Ganga (Ganges), and is one of the seven sacred spots for Hindus. It is frenetic and intense, colourful and chaotic. Every devout Hindu hopes to visit the city at least once in a lifetime, take a holy dip at the famous ‘Ghats’ of the Ganga, walk the pious Panchakosi road that bounds the city, and, if God wills, die here in old age as it is believed that death at this holy place brings salvation.
Also known as the City of Temples and a beacon of culture, Varanasi has produced many renowned writers. It’s also a center of silk weaving, so practice haggling at the chaotic bazaar for some beautiful souvenirs. So, from visiting temples to soaking up the atmosphere in the gullies, there is plenty to do in Varanasi, during the North India tour. One can take to the water, traipse around temples, get lost in the gullies, stroll along the ghats, escape to Sarnath which is an eight-mile ride and finally attend the mesmerizing puja, or prayer ceremony which intoxicates the air with prayers, chants and music. Choose from our various India package tours to gain a wholesome and spiritual experience.
- Golden Triangle & Varanasi Tour
- A tour to Varanasi the city of temples and a beacon of culture.
- Varanasi & Rajasthan Tour
- This tour covering almost the whole of northern India promises to leave a tourist happy.
- North India Heritage Tour
- This tour will show why India as a country is regarded amongst the best when it comes to having a rich Heritage
- Taj & Golden Temple Tour
- This is the perfect tour for those who want to attain an experience, which is holy and rich in heritage and culture.
Being a part of North India, Varanasi faces the extreme kind of climate, very hot in summer and very cold in winter. The summer months are from May- July, when the maximum temperature goes up to 48 Degree Celsius. The months from July to September are the monsoon period, when occasional showers bring some relief to the scorching city. October onwards the weather starts becoming pleasant, and from November to March, is the best time to visit Varanasi. During this time the maximum temperature during the day would be about 15-20 degree Celsius and at night it could dip to 4 Degree Celsius.
Varanasi is abuzz with fairs and festivals all round the year. Almost every month, some important festival is celebrated in Varanasi. Besides festivals and holidays, many “Melas” or fairs are also held at Varanasi. At Varanasi, fairs and festivals are celebrated with traditional gaiety and fervour and are symbolic of celebration of life at its best. The festive atmosphere never seems to end in Varanasi. Being a holy town, the most popular festivals are the religious festivals like Diwali, Dussehra, Mahashivratri, Navratri, Buddh Purnima, Hanuman Jayanti and so on. One should not miss watching the Ramleela
(The story of Lord Rama) who is highly revered in North India, which takes place around Dussehra time.
Beware of pick pockets when you are in crowded places. Be very cautious of over friendly people and do not get into conversations with complete strangers. Some temples at Varanasi will not allow entry to foreigners, please respect that. Hire reputable and reliable guides from your hotel, and avoid the guides at the monuments as they could charge more and force you to go for shopping. Hire reliable taxis from your hotel, they are safer for you. Dress modestly, as too much skin show and public display of affection may warrant unnecessary attention. Drink bottled water, which is easily available at all local shops, and complimentary at the hotels. Do not encourage beggars on the roads. Do not go out alone at night, rather be in a group when you venture out at night. Keep some emergency numbers on speed dial in your phone, just in case you need them. Please keep your passport in a safe place in your hotel, you don’t need to carry it with you at all times.