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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.
Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:
Below are some of our suggested places to stay:
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.
Incredible Royal Escapes by Taj Hotels with 1 free night in Agra
Prices from £3,499pp include 2 nights in Taj Delhi, 1 night in Gateway Agra, 2 nights in Taj Rambagh Palace, 2 nights Taj Lake Palace, private transfers throughout and BA flights in Economy Class London to Delhi and internal flight from Udaipur to Delhi.
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.
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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Annie, Brandon, Debbie, Margaret, Vicky Hamlin, Vicky Smith and Rachel - are experts in designing travel experiences across the region to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our Orient, India, Australasia and Indian Ocean portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout these areas, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.
Read about our lastest experiences in our Travel Blog pages.
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The whole holiday experience was wonderful; it was great to be able to tailor-make our itinerary, discuss various ideas and options, have all our questions answered before we arrived and make changes.
- JC, Herts
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.
8 hours 20 minutes non-stop
GMT +5 1/2 hours
Required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area