Sacred Varanasi: Temples, Monuments, and Ganga Aarti
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Product Code : AGORA205
Discover the spiritual heart of India on our Sacred Varanasi tour, where you will explore the city's ancient temples, monuments and landmarks. Witness the stunning Ganga Aarti ceremony at sunset and gain insight into the significance of the river Ganges in Hindu mythology. Visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, a major pilgrimage site, and explore the ruins of the Ram Nagar Fort. Experience the rich history and culture of Varanasi on this unforgettable journey.
8:00 AM - Pick up from hotel: Your 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.
8:30 AM - 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.
10:00 AM - Explore the narrow lanes and alleys of the Old City of Varanasi: After visiting the temple, you'll explore the narrow lanes and alleys of the Old City of Varanasi. This is a unique experience that offers a glimpse into the daily life of the locals. The narrow streets are lined with small shops selling everything from spices and textiles to jewelry and souvenirs. You'll also see ancient temples and shrines tucked away in corners and hear fascinating stories about them from your guide.
11:00 AM - Visit the Dashashwamedh Ghat: You'll then proceed to the Dashashwamedh Ghat, one of the most popular and busiest ghats in Varanasi. This ghat is known for its morning rituals and ceremonies, and you'll witness the stunning and colorful ceremonies being performed by priests and devotees. Your guide will explain the significance of the ceremonies and rituals as you take in the vibrant atmosphere and soak in the spiritual vibes of the Ganges.
12:00 PM - Lunch break at a local restaurant: After the morning activities, you'll break for lunch at a local restaurant. Here, you'll have the opportunity to taste some of the famous street food of Varanasi, such as chaat, samosas, and lassi.
1:00 PM - Drive to Sarnath: After lunch, you'll drive to Sarnath, which is approximately 10 kilometers from Varanasi. Sarnath is a significant Buddhist pilgrimage site where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment.
2:00 PM - Visit the Sarnath Museum: Your first stop in Sarnath will be the Sarnath Museum, which houses a collection of Buddhist artifacts and relics. Here, you'll see the famous Lion Capital of Ashoka, which is the national emblem of India.
3:00 PM - Explore the archaeological ruins of Sarnath: After visiting the museum, you'll explore the archaeological ruins of Sarnath. The ruins consist of several stupas, temples, and monasteries, including the Dhamekh Stupa, which is believed to mark the spot where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. You'll learn about the history and significance of these ancient structures and witness the serene and peaceful atmosphere of the area.
4:00 PM - Drive back to Varanasi and visit Ram Nagar Fort: After exploring Sarnath, you'll drive back to Varanasi and visit the Ram Nagar Fort, which is situated on the eastern bank of the Ganges. This fort was the residence of the former Maharaja of Varanasi and is now a museum that houses a collection of vintage cars, royal costumes, and weapons.
5:00 PM - Witness the Ganga Aarti: Your day tour will culminate with the Ganga Aarti, a mesmerizing ritual performed on the banks of the Ganges. The Ganga Aarti is a daily evening ceremony that involves the lighting of diyas (lamps) and the chanting of mantras in praise of the river Ganges. The ceremony is performed by priests and is a breathtaking sight to behold as hundreds of lamps light up the dark sky against the backdrop of the flowing river. Your guide will explain the significance of the Ganga Aarti as you witness this beautiful and spiritual ceremony.
7:00 PM - Drop off at the hotel: After the Ganga Aarti, your guide will drop you back at your hotel, marking the end of your day tour of Varanasi.
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.