• Varanasi Shoreline

Varanasi Holidays

If you’re daydreaming about a trip to India, you’re probably conjuring up an image of Varanasi. Widely considered as the country’s spiritual capital and Hinduism’s holiest city, this magical tapestry of temples, monasteries and ashrams is as evocative as they come.

Crucially, Varanasi is lined on one side by the sacred waters of the Ganges, and pilgrims flock here from far and wide to tread the ghats, wash away their sins in the river water, and light funeral pyres to lost relatives.

It’s a humbling glimpse of day-to-day life that’s best experienced from a river cruise, as the sun rises or sets over this majestic horizon.

Yet, while the banks of the Ganges draw the largest crowds – more than a million make the pilgrimage every year – Varanasi, as one of the world’s oldest cities, has plenty more to offer.

Thousands of temples line the winding streets of this holy city, which is also known as Banaras or Benaras. Established in 1916, the museum at Benares Hindu University is a must-see. It bursts at the seams with artistic and archaeological treasures, including delicate Mughal miniature paintings.

Destination Highlights
  • Sacred and spiritual city
  • One of the world's oldest cities

Time Zone

GMT +5.5 hours

Flight Time

Short 1 hour 40 minute flight from Delhi.


INR - Indian Rupee

Visa Information

Irish citizens are required to obtain a visa from the Indian embassy prior to arrival.


Hindi and English are widely spoken.

Health Information

Some vaccinations are recommended when travelling to certain areas in India. Please contact your GP for vaccination requirements.

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