(4 Days & 3 Nights)
One among the “Sapta Puris” or the seven holy cities of Hinduism, Kashi or better known as Varanasi is one of the oldest surviving cities in the whole world. Located at the heart of the Indian subcontinent, on the left bank of the holy River Ganges, Varanasi is of huge spiritual significance for the Hindus.
There are nearly 100 ghats bordering the River Ganges where pilgrims take dip in the holy water. As per Hinduism the Ganges water purify one’s sins and relieves oneself from the cycle of birth and death.
Day 1 :
On your arrival at Varanasi Airport you will be welcomed by our local representative and then transferred to the hotel. Rest of the day relax. Overnight stay at Varanasi
Day 2 :
Early morning enjoy the boat ride at Dawn. Get up at the crack of dawn for the amazing boat journey. As the sun rises you will see those who flock to the riverside for morning worship. Along the way you will hear about the interesting history of the ghats and their patronage by the Maharaja’s who built them. The adventure ends with a short tour around Tulsi ghat’s hidden sun Temple.
Later you have the option to attend the Yoga class to do meditation for about 2 hours starting from 9AM. Return back to your hotel and relax for some time.
At 3PM, proceed for the walking tour – Northern Bazaars and Hidden Alleys. Few Tourists ever wind there way through the bazaars in the Northern Gullis of the old city where you will find hidden alleys leading directly through the sacred zone of Benaras to the oldest buildings of the city. As you enter the lanes of the Northern Part of the city you will get to peep inside the shops, temples and lives of people who have never left their street for years. This bazaar has so many twists and turn and you will get confused, but that is what makes it so great. Overnight stay at Varanasi
Day 3 :
Morning visit the Ramnagar Fort and the palace which is located on the Eastern bank of River Ganges, opposite to the Tulsi Ghat. Later take an excursion to Sarnath, which is about 10kms from Varanasi. Sarnath is the place where Gautama Buddha is said to have given his first sermon about the basic principles of Buddhism. It has been a premier centre for Buddhism & has a rich collection of ancient Buddhist relics & antiques comprising numerous Buddha & Bodhisattva images on display at the Archaeological Museum. Some of the important Buddhist monuments at Sarnath are the Dhamekha Stupa, the Chaukhandi Stupa and the monasteries and temples of different schools of Buddhism. The Indian Buddhist society called the Mahabodhi society maintains a park around the Buddha Temple. The Mahabodhi Temple which is located in the park has a tooth relic of the Buddha. The Ashoka Pillar at Sarnath is the national emblem of India.
In the evening catch an early evening boat ride to experience the mystical worship of the River called Ganga Aarti and hear about the rituals that have been used for centuries inside temples and in shrines along the river. The magical quality of the evening is showcased with a trip to the eerie cremation grounds of Manikarnika, which burn 24 hours a day, to be seen from both the boat and the shore.
Later there is an option to proceed for the guided walking tour in the night – Death and Rebirth in Benaras. Walk through the city of learning and burning and see Benaras when it is known as “Mahashamstana”, the great cremation ground of Shiva. It is here you will traverse from the land of the living to the houses of the dying. Perhaps an encounter with a black-clothed flesh-eating Sadhu of the Aghor Ashram will give you a taste of death and rebirth. Conclude the tour with the Sankata Devi (the goddess of sorrows and a demon slayer) ritual worship. The timing for this walk is from 07:30 PM to 11:30 PM.
Day 4 :
This day you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight for your onward journey.