Airfare to Varanasi, India
One of the oldest cities in India, Varanasi is also one of its holiest (and most touristed). Besides touring the famous ghats – or platforms – and soaking up the atmosphere of – but not in – the River Ganges, travelers often take time in Varanasi to attend meditative classes. Those who wish to shop should purchase some of the famous silk.
Airfare to Varanasi will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Delhi, India. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines. Alliance Air flies to Varanasi. And although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Bangkok, Thailand; Delhi, India; or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Air India and Indian Airlines are the national airlines. However, Jet Airways, British Airways, Lufthansa and other airlines also stop in Varanasi.
The most expensive air tickets to Varanasi are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak season
- Consider flying into Delhi, India and traveling overland to Varanasi via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Varanasi, check out BootsnAll’s Varanasi Travel Guide.