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Sacred Varanasi & Enlightening Sarnath Tour

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Duration

8hrs

Cancellation

No Cancellation

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on a profound journey through the heart of India’s spirituality with our “Sacred Varanasi & Enlightening Sarnath Tour.” Discover the revered Kashi Vishwanath Temple and explore the winding lanes of Varanasi’s Old City, immersing yourself in its rich traditions. Then, venture to Sarnath, where Buddha delivered his first sermon, and explore its archaeological treasures, including the renowned Lion Capital of Ashoka. Witness the divine Ganga Aarti on the banks of the Ganges, concluding a day of spiritual enlightenment and cultural discovery.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the sacred Kashi Vishwanath Temple, a spiritual hub in Varanasi.
  • Stroll through the enchanting narrow lanes and alleys of Varanasi's Old City.
  • Experience the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti ceremony on the banks of the Ganges.
  • Explore the historic treasures of Sarnath, where Buddha preached his first sermon.
  • Marvel at the Lion Capital of Ashoka and other Buddhist relics at the Sarnath Museum.

Bulk discount (by amount)

Bulk diccount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 172
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 300
3 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 473
4 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 619
5 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 763
6 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 936
7 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 1108

What you will do

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Indicative Pick-Up: 8:00 AM from your hotel in Varanasi

Indicative Drop-Off: 7:00 PM at your hotel in Varanasi

8:00 AM - Pick up from hotel:
Your private guide will pick you up from your hotel in Varanasi at 8:00 AM, and you'll begin your journey to explore the holy city of Varanasi.

Visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple:
Your first stop will be the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, one of the most famous and revered temples in Varanasi. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is believed to be one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India. As you enter the temple, you'll see the magnificent gold-plated spire that rises high above the temple complex. Your guide will explain the history and significance of the temple as you explore its intricately designed architecture and witness the rituals performed by devotees.

Explore the narrow lanes and alleys of the Old City of Varanasi:
Following your temple visit, embark on a captivating exploration of Varanasi's Old City. Wander through its narrow lanes and alleys, where each corner reveals a new facet of local life. The bustling streets are adorned with an array of shops offering spices, textiles, jewelry, and souvenirs. Discover hidden ancient temples and shrines tucked away in corners, while your guide shares fascinating stories and legends associated with these sacred sites.

Visit the Dashashwamedh Ghat:
Your journey continues to the Dashashwamedh Ghat, one of Varanasi's most vibrant and iconic riverfront steps. Known for its elaborate morning rituals and ceremonies, this ghat offers a mesmerizing spectacle. Priests and devotees gather to perform colorful and spiritually significant ceremonies along the Ganges. Your guide will provide context and explanation, allowing you to soak in the atmosphere and feel the spiritual energy.

Lunch break at a local restaurant:
After a morning filled with exploration and cultural immersion, take a well-deserved break for lunch at a local restaurant. Here, you can savor the flavors of Varanasi's renowned street food, including delicacies such as chaat, samosas, and refreshing lassi.

Drive to Sarnath:
After lunch, you'll drive to Sarnath, an ancient city located approximately 10 kilometers from Varanasi. Sarnath holds immense significance in Buddhism, as it is the place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment.

Visit the Sarnath Museum:
Upon arrival in Sarnath, your first stop will be the Sarnath Museum, home to a remarkable collection of Buddhist artifacts and relics. Marvel at the famous Lion Capital of Ashoka, which serves as the national emblem of India. Your guide will provide insights into the historical and cultural significance of these artifacts, allowing you to appreciate the rich heritage of Buddhism.

Explore the archaeological ruins of Sarnath:
Step back in time as you explore the extensive archaeological ruins of Sarnath. Wander through ancient stupas, temples, and monasteries, including the Dhamekh Stupa, believed to mark the very spot where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon. Gain a deeper understanding of the history and spirituality of this sacred site while absorbing the serene and contemplative ambiance that pervades the area.

Drive back to Varanasi and visit Ram Nagar Fort:
Returning to Varanasi, you'll visit the historic Ram Nagar Fort, situated on the eastern bank of the Ganges. This fort, once the residence of Varanasi's former Maharaja, now serves as a museum showcasing a fascinating collection of vintage cars, royal costumes, and weaponry. Explore the regal history and opulence of the region as you wander through its well-preserved exhibits.

Witness the Ganga Aarti:
As the sun begins to set, prepare for a mesmerizing and spiritually enriching experience at the Ganga Aarti. This evening ritual, performed on the banks of the sacred Ganges, is a visual and auditory feast for the senses. Priests conduct the ceremony by lighting numerous diyas (lamps) and chanting mantras in praise of the river Ganges. The sight of hundreds of flickering lamps against the backdrop of the flowing river is a truly enchanting and spiritual spectacle. Your guide will offer explanations about the significance of the Ganga Aarti, allowing you to fully appreciate this breathtaking moment.

7:00 PM - Drop off at the hotel:
With the Ganga Aarti marking the conclusion of your day tour, your guide will accompany you back to your hotel in Varanasi. This comprehensive journey promises to leave you with a deep appreciation for the spirituality, history, and culture of Varanasi and Sarnath.

Included/Excluded

  • Transport by private AC deluxe car
  • Pick up and drop off to your hotel.
  • Services of a knowledgeable, government-licensed English-speaking tour guide.
  • Monument entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bottled water within the vehicle.
  • All taxes
  • Any meals.
  • Camera charges at monuments.
  • Gratuities (optional)

Languages

English

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