Sacred Varanasi and Sarnath Tour with Evening Aarti Ceremony
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Product Code : AGORA206
Embark on a spiritual journey through Varanasi and Sarnath with our "Sacred Varanasi and Sarnath Tour with Evening Aarti Ceremony." This full-day experience begins with a guided walking tour of Varanasi's iconic ghats and temples along the sacred Ganges River, including a visit to the revered Kashi Vishwanath Temple. After exploring the spiritual heart of Varanasi, we'll take you to the serene Sankat Mochan Temple and the magnificent New Kashi Vishwanath Temple. The journey continues to Sarnath, where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon. You'll explore the Dhamek Stupa and the Sarnath Archaeological Site and Museum. As the day concludes, immerse yourself in the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti ceremony at Dashashwamedh Ghat. This tour offers a profound encounter with India's rich spiritual heritage and a memorable Varanasi experience.
9:00 AM - Pick up and Introduction: Your day begins with a pickup from your Varanasi hotel. Meet your knowledgeable guide, and embark on a spiritual journey through one of India's holiest cities. As you make your way to the heart of Varanasi, your guide will provide insights into the city's rich history and cultural significance.
9:30 AM - Spiritual Walk along the Ghats: You'll start with a guided walking tour along the ghats (steps leading to the riverbanks) of the sacred Ganges River. Explore the Dashashwamedh Ghat, famous for its religious activities and the daily Ganga Aarti ceremony. Witness the ancient rituals and ceremonies that take place here, offering a deep dive into Varanasi's religious traditions. Your guide will take you to various ghats, each with its unique story and significance, including Manikarnika Ghat, where Hindu cremations are conducted, and Assi Ghat, known for its cultural vibrancy.
11:30 AM - Visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple: Explore the renowned Kashi Vishwanath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, and also known as the Golden Temple. This is one of the most sacred shrines in Varanasi and holds immense spiritual importance for Hindus. Your guide will provide historical and religious context, allowing you to fully appreciate the temple's architecture, rituals, and significance.
12:30 PM - Lunch Break: After a spiritually enriching morning, take a break to savor a traditional Indian lunch at a local restaurant. Enjoy regional flavors and a moment of relaxation.
1:30 PM - Visit Sankat Mochan Temple: Your tour continues with a visit to the Sankat Mochan Temple, dedicated to Lord Hanuman, the monkey god. This serene temple is surrounded by lush greenery and offers a tranquil atmosphere for reflection and worship.
2:30 PM - Journey to Sarnath: Leave Varanasi and head to Sarnath, a significant Buddhist pilgrimage site located approximately 10 km from the city. It is here that Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment.
2:45 PM - Explore Dhamek Stupa: Arrive in Sarnath and visit the Dhamek Stupa, a massive structure built during the 5th century. It was constructed to commemorate Lord Buddha's teachings and serves as a symbol of the Buddhist faith. Your guide will explain the stupa's historical importance and architectural features.
3:30 PM - Visit Sarnath Archaeological Site and Museum: Discover the rich history of Sarnath at the Archaeological Site and Museum. Explore the collection of ancient artifacts and sculptures from the Mauryan and Gupta periods. Gain a deeper understanding of the region's historical and cultural heritage.
5:00 PM - Return to Varanasi for Ganga Aarti: Your journey back to Varanasi will take you through picturesque landscapes as you reflect on your day's discoveries. In the evening, prepare to witness the breathtaking Ganga Aarti ceremony at Dashashwamedh Ghat. This mesmerizing Hindu ritual is a must-see experience as priests perform prayers and light oil lamps, creating an enchanting spectacle.
7:00 PM - Drop-off at Your Hotel: Your tour concludes as you are safely returned to your Varanasi hotel. Reflect on the spiritual and cultural insights gained during this enriching journey through one of India's most sacred cities.
Private AC car/van for pick up and drop off from/to your hotel.
English speaking local guide, if option selected.
Entrance fees to monuments, if option selected.
Lunch, if option selected.
Bottled water in the car.
Camera charges at monuments.
Gratuities and optional activities.
Anything not mentioned in the inclusions.