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Do you have a layover, overnight, day trip, or an extended stay in Varanasi and the surrounding area? Why not get out and take in some Varanasi activities? We have 46 tour ideas.


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City Tours

Full-Day Private Varanasi and Sarnath Tour including Ganges Boat Cruise

Varanasi, India
Duration: 12 hours
Priced From: USD 104.00


Visit the sacred city of Varanasi with the comfort of a private tour on a full day trip. On this tour, you will see the ancient, spectacular city of Varnasi full of history, visit the Sarnath, the city where the Lord Buddha gave his first sermon, and witness the Aarti ceremony at the Ghats of the... Read More

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City Tours

Full-Day City Tour of Varanasi visit Sarnath Including Evening Ganga Aarti

Varanasi, India
Duration: 10 hours
Priced From: USD 68.00


Varanasi is the spiritual capital of India and also one of the oldest cities in the world. Visit the sacred city of Varanasi with the comfort of a private tour on a full day trip. On this tour, you will see the ancient, spectacular city of Varanasi full of history, visit the... Read More

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Cultural Tours

Small-Group Morning Varanasi Tour Including Ganges Boat Ride

Varanasi, India
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 75.00


Greet the day on this cultural wake-up call in Varanasi! You're getting up bright and early to get up close and personal with some of the most sacred traditions in India. Cleanse your Karma with a fire god ritual, witness traditional Indian mud wrestling, sail a boat down the cherished Ganges, and... Read More

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Cultural Tours

Spiritual Varanasi tour

Varanasi, India
Duration: 3 days
Priced From: USD 159.00


Varanasi/Kashi is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend & looks twice as old as all of them put together, said the famous American writer after visiting Varanasi in the late 19th century. Varanasi is among the oldest continuously lived in cities in the world. Also known as Benares, Banaras, or Kashi, it is the sacred of all Indian pilgrim cities. Hindus believe Varanasi was estd by... Read More

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Cultural Tours

Private 5-Hour Varanasi Tour at Dawn Including Boat Ride

Varanasi, India
Duration: 5 hours
Priced From: USD 22.00


Your guide will pick you up at your Varanasi hotel at 5am. Your 5-hour private morning tour of Varanasi offers a close look at some of the most sacred traditions in India that are still followed today. Be a part of the morning Ganga Aarti ceremony at Assi Ghat, watch Akhada, sail along the holy... Read More

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Cultural Tours

Boat Ride along the Ghats of Varanasi Reliving the Journey of Life

Varanasi, India
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 22.00


Varanasi is the city of Lord Shiva and the sacred river Ganges. One of the oldest living cities, Varanasi brims with history and spirituality. Hindus visit here to pray, to wash away their sins, and to attain salvation by honouring their death; on the banks of the Ganges. Many Hindus are known to... Read More

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Day Cruises

Private Sunrise Boat Ride on the River Ganges in Varanasi

Varanasi, India
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 43.00


Experience Varanasi's famous scenes of Hindu worship from the water on this 3-hour, sunrise boat ride. Ride a private boat with your local guide along the sacred River Ganges at first light, absorbing the clamor and commotion at the temples and 'ghats' (riverside steps). See the locals... Read More

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Day Tours in Varanasi

Sunrise Boat Cruise on the River Ganges

Varanasi, India
Duration: 2 hours (starts at 05:30)
Priced From: USD 157.50


See Varanasi come alive along the banks of the river and people bathing in the holy water and worshiping the rising sun. Witness the conclusion of life at the riverbank holy cremation grounds.

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Day Tours in Varanasi

Varanasi City Tour

Varanasi, India
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 153.75


Visit some of the holy temples of the city which encapsulates the ambiance and the spirit of the city.

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Day Tours in Varanasi

Half Day Excursion to Sarnath

Varanasi, India
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 147.50


Visit Sarnath the birthplace of Buddhism. Explore its museum which houses carvings representing a whole range of styles.

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Day Trips

Varanasi Sunrise Day Tour Activity

Varanasi, India
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 41.00


Experience the Culture & traditions of Hindu's alongside the river Ganges in Varanasi.  Witness the rituals performed by Hindu's during the Sunrise.  Varanasi is a city in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh dating to the 11th century and draws pilgrims who bathe from around the world to take sacred bath in River Ganges.

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Day Trips

3-Hour Varanasi Morning Sunrise Boat Tour

Varanasi, India
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 35.00


Boating down the Ganges River during sunrise is one of the main attractions in Varanasi. We can observe here the Hindu way of life along the banks of the Ganges (Ghats) River.

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Day Trips

Half-Day Sarnath Tour from Varanasi

Varanasi, India
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 35.00


Sarnath, the world-famous Buddhist site, is situated about 10 km (6 miles) northeast of Varanasi city. This was the place where the Buddha delivered his first sermon in the Deer Park in 528 B.C that is also known as Dhamma Chakra <strong></strong>Pravartan, meaning 'The Wheel of Law turns'.

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Day Trips

Full-Day Varanasi Tour with Sunrise Ganges Cruise and Classical Dance Show

Varanasi, India
Duration: 14 hours
Priced From: USD 225.00


During this 14-hour tour of the 5,000-year-old city of Varanasi, you'll take a dawn cruise on the sacred River Ganges, visit Sarnath where the Lord Buddha got enlightenment, and enjoy a walking tour of the lanes and by-lanes of this city famous for silk products. Witness an aarti ritual on the... Read More

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Day Trips

Sacred Varanasi and Ganges River Ceremony Tour

Varanasi, India
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 75.00


Experience the color and culture of Varanasi, known as Kashi or the city of life, on this 6-hour guided tour which includes the Durga Temple and witnessing an Aarti ceremony on the Ganges River. Hotel pickup and drop-off, guide, and private transportation included.

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Day Trips

Ganga Ghat and Morning Rituals Guided Boat Tour in Varanasi

Varanasi, India
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 13.00


Embark on a unique boat tour that will give you the opportunity to explore the Varansi and Ganga Ghat at sunrise. Witness the Morning rituals, special features of the various Ghats and see the various activities and professions related to the religious death ceremonies. Receive insights from a... Read More

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Day Trips

Varanasi Boat Ride and Ancient Temples Day Tour with Breakfast

Varanasi, India
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 45.00


Explore a land of literature, aesthetic, art and spirituality, Varanasi on this 6-hour early morning tour. Enjoy a sunrise boat ride, followed by traditional vegetarian breakfast and visit to various Hindu temples afterward.

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Full-day Tours

Insight Varanasi Day Tour

Varanasi, India
Duration: 14 hours
Priced From: USD 90.00


Do you believe that one's sins can be absolved by taking a dip in the holy Ganges in Varanasi’ Local people believe that Varanasi is the place where liberates your soul from human body to the ultimate. You will see a lot of pilgrims who go to the Ganga Ghats in Varanasi to take a dip in the holy Ganges to absolve them from all sins. Insight Varanasi Day Tour will take you to the Sarnath where Buddha chose to deliver his... Read More

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Full-day Tours

Private Full-Day Varanasi Tour with Ganges River Boat Cruise

Varanasi, India
Duration: 14 hours
Priced From: USD 63.00


Start your full-day guided tour with a sunrise boat ride on the Ganges to witness morning riverside rituals. Visit the Hindu University to see the New Vishwanath Temple and the Mother India Temple (Bharat Mata Mandir). Enjoy watching traditional silk weaving art of Varanasi. Go to the Sarnath where... Read More

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Full-day Tours

Private Tour: Full-Day Varanasi Tour including Sarnath and Evening Ganga Arti

Varanasi, India
Duration: 11 hours
Priced From: USD 40.00


Believed to be one of world's oldest living cities, Varanasi is the spiritual capital of India. Located on the banks of Ganges River, the city boasts of its 5000-year-old history. Explore Varanasi in the company of an expert local guide and capture its many colors. Visit Sarnath, the place where... Read More

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Half-day Tours

Sunrise Private Varanasi Walking Tour and Tuk-Tuk Ride

Varanasi, India
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 47.00


Walk on the steps of Ghats of Varanasi along with holy Ganges river with your personal guide. Enjoy a Tuk-Tuk ride to the holy city. Watch the pilgrims of the holy city in this jaw dropping one-of-a-kind 4-hour experience.

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Multi-day Cruises

Private 3-Day City Tour of Varanasi Rickshaw and Boat Ride Including Ganga Aarti

Varanasi, India
Duration: 3 days
Priced From: USD 248.00


Varanasi &ndash;the sacred ,soulful &amp; ancient spectacular city. Visit of Sarnath, an interesting place where Lord Budhha gave his first sermon here. View magnificient stupas &amp; monasteries. Evening witness the Aarti ceremony at the Ghats of the holistic city. Boat cruise at the... Read More

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Multi-day Tours

3-Night Spirituality and Kama Sutra Tour from Varanasi to New Delhi

Varanasi, India
Duration: 4 days
Priced From: USD 623.75


Discover the perfect blend of spirituality and the Kama Sutra on this 3-night tour from Varanasi. Enjoy exploring India with a boat trip on the Ganges and even making a trip to the Khajuraho to view the famously carnal sculptures. Stay in 4- or 5-star accommodation with a small-group of no more... Read More

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Multi-day Tours

2-Day Varanasi Exclusive Tour

Varanasi, India
Duration: 2 days
Priced From: USD 210.00


Boat ride in the Ganges at sunrise is one of the most romantic things you can do in Varanasi! You can also observe here the Hindu's way of life on the bank of the river Ganges (Ghats). In Sarnath, you can experience the special place where Buddha chose to deliver his first sermon as well as Hindu ritual aarti performed at the Dashashwamedh Ghat.

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Multi-day Tours

5-Day Tour of Central India from Varanasi to Khajuraho

Varanasi, India
Duration: 7 days
Priced From: USD 1175.00


This five-day tour is a spiritual journey full of variety and fun. You will spend two days in Varanasi - a 5,000-year-old city that is most sacred to the Hindus. In Varanasi, take an excursion to Sarnath where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon, experience the beautiful Hindu religious ritual of... Read More

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Night Tours

Evening Excursion: Ganga River Walking Tour with Dinner Overlooking the River in Varanasi

Varanasi, India
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 75.00


Follow the path of the Ganga River, or Ganges, on this small-group evening walking tour through Varanasi, one of the world's oldest cities. Wander vibrant markets selling silk, ceremonial items, and paper kites, and taste local snacks, as you make your way to Dashashwamedh Ghat for an Arati... Read More

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Night Tours

3-Hour Varanasi Evening Aarti Tour

Varanasi, India
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 40.00


Experience the beautiful Hindu ritual Aarti on this evening tour in Varanasi, where Hindu mythology says the soul is liberated from the body. You'll learn about the combination of physical, metaphysical, and supernatural elements as you listen to religious songs sung in praise of the gods and watch lamps being raised into the sky on the River Ganges.

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Night Tours

Evening Excursion: Magnificent Ganga Aarti with Dinner

Varanasi, India
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 24.00


Varanasi, one of the most sacred and oldest cities in India, is located at the banks of the Gange river. Aarti, Agni Pooja is a performance in which a commitment is made to Lord Shiva, Mata Gange, Surya, Agni as well as the whole universe. Gange aarti is performed daily in the evenings by a group... Read More

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Overnight Tours

3-Day Varanasi Exclusive Tour

Varanasi, India
Duration: 2 days
Priced From: USD 325.00


Varanasi presents a unique combination of physical, metaphysical and supernatural elements. According to the Hindu mythology, Varanasi liberates soul from human body to the ultimate. It is the Ganga Ghats of Varanasi that complement the concept of divinity. The Ganga Ghats at Varanasi are full of pilgrims who flock to the place to take a dip in the holy Ganges, which is believed to absolve one from all sins.

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Private Day Trips

Private Day Trip to Sarnath from Varnasi

Varanasi, India
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 6.00


Sarnath is located about 15 km from the center of Varanasi. It is also the center of the Buddhist pilgrimage and the most important after Bodhgaya.

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Private Day Trips

Private Day Trip Varanasi and Sarnath with Boat Ride

Varanasi, India
Duration: 1 day
Priced From: USD 110.76


Varanasi is the oldest cities in India, often referred as the city of temples or Kashi. Varanasi is situated on the banks of river Ganges in Uttar Pradesh of Northern India. Varanasi is a religious center for Hindus, Buddhists and Jain, and also a center for learning, literature and culture. The... Read More

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Private Day Trips

Half-Day Sarnath Tour including Buddhist Highlights from Varanasi

Varanasi, India
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 19.00


See why Sarnath is one of the most important Buddhist sites in the world on this half-day tour of the place where Buddha is believed to have given his first sermons. Your exploration includes Buddhist temples, stupas, and Buddhist art in the Sarnath Museum. Hotel pickup and drop-off, guide, private... Read More

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Full-Day City Tour of Varanasi Including Boat Ride

Varanasi, India
Duration: 13 hours
Priced From: USD 88.00


Enjoy this day tour of Varanasi the City of Varanasi full of history, visit the <strong>Sarnath</strong>, the city where the Lord Buddha gave his first sermon, and witness the Aarti ceremony at the Ghats of the city. You'll start from boat ride in Morning in Varanasi, you'll... Read More

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour in Varanasi

Varanasi, India
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 42.50


Varanasi is the city of the Lord Shiva and the city of knowledge. The main places of attraction are the Kashi Vishweshwara, the Annapurna Devi, the Vishalakshi Temple, the Sankat Mochan, the Durga Kund and the Manas Temple.

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Half-Day Walking Tour of Varanasi including the Golden Temple

Varanasi, India
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 30.00


This is a 3 hour walking tour of the ancient city of Varanasi which showcases the best of this iconic destination. Walking around the Golden Temple area is unique due to this part of the city being the most important cultural and financial area. The Golden Temple is the most... Read More

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Full-Day Spiritual Varanasi Tour with Sarnath and Evening Rites

Varanasi, India
Duration: 9 hours
Priced From: USD 45.00


For many, the spiritual heart of India is Varanasi. Explore this side of the city on this 9-hour tour that includes Sarnath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is important to Buddhists, and a Hindu ritual on the sacred Ganges River. Hotel pickup and drop-off, guide, private transportation, lunch,... Read More

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Private Sightseeing Tours

2-Day Private Tour: Spiritual Varanasi with Sarnath

Varanasi, India
Duration: 2 days
Priced From: USD 86.00


Varanasi, as the cultural capital of India, is a picturesque city located on the western banks of Ganga river. It has carried the legacy of Indian tradition and culture for centuries and passed it on the following generations. The city oozes with spiritualism and philosophy and embraces a fine... Read More

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Private Sightseeing Tours

2-Night Private Tour: Spiritual Varanasi Tour

Varanasi, India
Duration: 3 days
Priced From: USD 134.00


Touted as the cultural capital of India, Varanasi is a picturesque city located on the western banks of Yamuna river. It has carried the legacy of Indian tradition and culture for centuries and passed it on to the following generations. The city is full of spiritualism and philosophy and embraces a fine blend of religions like Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Not only the Hindu temples but also ashrams, ghats, Buddhist Stupas... Read More

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Full Day Varanasi Pilgrimage Tour

Varanasi, India
Duration: 10 hours
Priced From: USD 44.00


This 10-hour private tour of Varanasi allows you to visit some of its most religious and renowned destinations, including Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple, Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath), Bharat Mata Temple, Assi Ghat and Ganges River.

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Half-Day Private Tour of Varanasi

Varanasi, India
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 30.00


Enjoy this 4-hour private tour of Varanasi, a cultural and spiritual hub. Explore the local streets dotted with famous market places, witness the spectacular evening Ganga Aarti ceremony, and immerse yourself in the local cuisine during a rooftop dinner. This tour includes a professional guide and hotel pickup and drop-off.

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Full-Day Varanasi Tour including Sarnath and Boat Ride on the Ganges

Varanasi, India
Duration: 9 hours
Priced From: USD 60.00


Tour one of the oldest cities on earth - Varanasi (or Benares or Kashi - as it is known locally). The hustle &amp; bustle of this spiritual city is an experience in itself. Visit temples &amp; one of the oldest universities in the world. Follow your guide to Sarnath, where Buddha... Read More

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Street Food Tours

4-Hour Food Tour in Varanasi

Varanasi, India
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 54.00


Varanasi is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, situated on the western banks of the Ganges River and one of the seven sacred cities of Hinduism. Varanasi has the finest river frontage in India, with miles of ghats (steps leading to the river waters) for religious bathing, and an array of shrines and temples. Dashashwamedha ghat is the main ghat in Varanasi on the Ganga river, which you will... Read More

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Sunset Cruises

Private Evening ceremony Aarti with Sunset boating

Varanasi, India
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 55.00


In this tour we will start by receiving you from hotel in Varanasi and proceed to bank of river(ganga ghat) where our guide will take you to Sunset boat trip for approx 1 hrs to see amazing sunset from boat. Also, see amazing evening views of Varanasi ghats. Later boat will stop at main ghat infront of Aarti (ceremony) location to see world famous evening aarti ceremony and you can take wonderful pictures from boat and... Read More

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Walking Tours

3-Hour Varanasi Walking Tour

Varanasi, India
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 35.00


Beautiful temples, shrines, monasteries, old buildings, cultural and religious diversity, major old markets, and many more are found on the narrow and puzzled Varanasi alleys which are not possible to see any other way than taking a walking tour.

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Airport & Ground Transfers

Private Transfer: Varanasi Airport (VNS) to Varanasi Hotel

Varanasi, India
Duration: 60 minutes
Priced From: USD 8.00


Begin your trip to Varanasi with a stress free private transfer from Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport to your Varanasi hotel. Avoid the hassle of waiting in long taxi lines and be greeted by your professional and friendly driver as you exit the gate to be transferred directly to your hotel.

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Airport & Ground Transfers

Private Transfer: Varanasi Hotel to Varanasi Airport (VNS)

Varanasi, India
Duration: 60 minutes
Priced From: USD 8.00


Make sure you don't miss your flight by booking your private transfer in advance! Your English-speaking driver will pick you up in a private air-conditioned vehicle from your Varanasi hotel lobby and transport you directly to Lal Bahandur Shastri Airport.

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