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Varanasi is one of the oldest living cities of the world. This sacred city is set on the banks of the mighty Ganges, where the centuries-old religious bathing and cremation rituals at the Ghangha ghats are a daily occurance. Many of these ghats, nearly one hundred in total, are associated with myth and legend, according to which the Dashashwamedh, the largest and most spectacular of the Varanasi ghats, was created by the Hindu deity Brahma to welcome Shiva.  Here you will witness pilgrims entering the Ganges to cleanse themselves of their sins.

As the sun rises, watch people gathering on the shores of the river as they pray to the rising sun. At night, the colourful aarti ceremony takes place at the Dashashwamedh ghat where the river is worshipped with flowers, candles and incense. While here, take time to wander through the old town of Kashi with its narrow lanes, bustling markets and colourful temples. At its heart lies the magnificent Vishwanath Temple, its golden spire rising over 15 metres above the surrounding buildings and attracting Hindu pilgrims in their thousands.

Varanasi tours with Abercrombie & Kent will provide expert guidance, insight and first-hand experience of this wonderful region.



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Peacocks and Palaces

Nights: 15 | from £3,100pp

It’s tough to top this tantalising two-week tour of India. From big-hitting cities and sacred riverbanks to tiger parks and the Taj Mahal, every highlight... Find out more

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Highlights of Northern India

Nights: 7 | from £1,850pp

If you are short on time but longing to experience the most famous of Northern India’s many treasures, this tour is the golden ticket. Find out more

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Classic Southern India

Nights: 11 | from £2,575pp

In India’s sublime south, combine historic fishing ports and crazy temples with lazy backwaters, wildlife-filled hills and the finest cup of tea. Find out more

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Luxury Mobile Camping in Ladakh

Nights: 5 | from £2,995pp

Embark on a nomadic journey through the Himalaya, sleeping under canvas and exploring the beauty of this fascinating area with expert guides. Find out more

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In Search of Tiger

Nights: 10 | from £2,795pp

This trip, combining three of India’s most scenically spectacular and wildlife rich national parks, offers an almost matchless opportunity to see wild... Find out more

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Nadesar Palace, Varanasi

Nadesar Palace has hosted royalty, statesmen and celebrities since 1835. The name Nadesar is derived from the Goddess Nadesari, whose shrine is located... Find out more

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Incredible Royal Escapes by Taj Hotels

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Incredible Royal Escapes by Taj Hotels
Explore India with Taj Hotels,  stay a minimum of six nights, four nights to be in one of the Grand Palaces in Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur or Hyderabad and receive 20% discount on spa treatments and Food and Beverage ( soft drinks only). Valid for stays from now until the 15th April 2017 ( not valid for travel from 20th December 2016 to 7th January 2017). Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Incredible Royal Escapes by Taj Hotels with 1 free night in Agra

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Incredible Royal Escapes by Taj Hotels with 1 free night in Agra
Explore India with Taj Hotels,  stay a minimum of seven nights, four nights to be in one of the Grand Palaces in Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur or Hyderabad and receive 20% discount on spa treatments and Food and Beverage ( soft drinks only) and one free night in Agra at The Gateway Hotel Fatehabad Road, Agra. Valid for stays from now until the 15th April 2017 ( not valid for travel from 20th December 2016 to 7th January 2017). Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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25% off spa therapies, complimentary WiFi and further discounts when you stay 6 nights or more
Discover India staying with Oberoi hotels. Stay a minimum of 6 nights at selected Oberoi Hotels and receive further discounts as well as 25% off spa therapies and complimentary high speed WiFi.  Valid for travel from now until the 15th April 2017. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply. Selected hotels are; Oberoi Amarvilas - Agra, Oberoi Rajvilas - Jaipur, Oberoi Udaivilas - Udaipur, Oberoi Vanyavilas Ranthambore, Oberoi Mumbai, Oberoi Grand Kolkata, Oberoi Gurgaon - Delhi and Wildflower Hall Shimla - Himalayas.

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Best time to be there

From October to March the weather is refreshingly cool with minimal rainfall in most places. India's main festivals also take place during this time, such as the Pushkar Fair in Rajasthan, the Republic Day of India and Holi, the festival of colours.

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Delhi/Chennai/Mumbai/Bangalore

flying time

8 hours 20 minutes non-stop

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GMT +5 1/2 hours

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