Duration: 2 nights independent tour
Price from: £425pp
Varanasi 2 nights
Day 1 Varanasi: On arrival at Varanasi airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon you will visit Sarnath, regarded as the birthplace of Buddhism it is one of the four major pilgrimage 'musts' for every practicing Buddhist.
This evening take a boat ride on the River Ganges to witness the evening Aarti ceremony during which hundreds throng to offer illuminated lamps and flowers to the sacred river.
Day 2 Varanasi: Return to the river early this morning for a daylight boat ride on the Ganges. After breakfast, proceed to Kashi-Vishwanath Temple, the most sacred of shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, the patron deity of Varanasi. The remainder of the day is at leisure before a unique "death and rebirth" walking tour of the city this evening.
Day 3 Varanasi: Morning at leisure. Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.
Gateway Hotel - 4*
This modern hotel is set amidst 40 acres of lush gardens just over three miles from the city centre of this ancient temple city and provides a veritable haven of peace and tranquillity. Unwind beside the swimming pool when you've had your fill of Varanasi's extraordinary sights. Alternatively, you may prefer to linger at the spa or relax with some yoga. Views of either the green gardens or swimming pool can be enjoyed from the 130 well-appointed rooms, while the cosy bar is the perfect place for a pre-dinner aperitif before dining at either of the hotel's two restaurants, where traditional and contemporary favourites are served.
Departures: Daily from Varanasi.
Accommodation: In standard rooms at The Gateway which have air-conditioning, shower, mini bar, safe and views over the city, gardens or swimming pool.
Upgrade options include executive rooms and executive suites.
Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes private transfers between airport and hotel, 2 nights accommodation and sightseeing as outlined.