Varanasi and Sarnath Cultural Trail with Sunrise Boat Ride
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Product Code : AGORA207
Embark on a spiritual odyssey with our "Varanasi and Sarnath Cultural Trail with Sunrise Boat Ride." Witness the mystical beauty of Varanasi as you start your day with a serene sunrise boat ride on the sacred Ganges River. Explore the iconic ghats, temples, and cultural heritage of Varanasi with the guidance of an experienced private tour guide. Continue your journey to Sarnath, where the Buddha delivered his first sermon, and immerse yourself in the rich historical and artistic treasures of the region. This full-day exploration offers a deep cultural understanding and culminates with a visit to the esteemed Benares Hindu University.
5:00 AM - Commence Your Spiritual Journey Your exploration of Varanasi and Sarnath begins as your private guide picks you up from your Varanasi hotel. Early in the morning, you'll be driven to one of the river ghats to embark on a mesmerizing boat ride at sunrise.
5:30 AM - Spiritual Awakening on the Ganges The day commences with a serene boat ride along the sacred Ganges river, a time when Varanasi awakens spiritually. Witness the local populace as they engage in their morning rituals, bathing in the holy waters, and partaking in diverse religious ceremonies along the iconic ghats (steps leading to the river). The ambiance is tranquil, and the sun's first rays cast a warm, golden glow over the river.
7:30 AM - Ghats and Temples Exploration Following the enchanting boat ride, your guide will lead you on a captivating walking tour through the labyrinthine ghats and temples lining the Ganges. Your spiritual journey may include a visit to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, a hallowed Hindu shrine devoted to Lord Shiva, distinguished as one of the 12 jyotirlingas (lingams of light) in India. While exploring, you'll also encounter various other temples and sites that possess both historical and cultural significance.
10:30 AM - Journey to Sarnath Leaving Varanasi behind, your tour proceeds to Sarnath, a place of great importance where Gautama Buddha is believed to have delivered his inaugural sermon. During your visit to Sarnath, you will have the opportunity to explore a variety of noteworthy attractions:
Visit the Sarnath Archaeological Museum: This museum is home to a remarkable collection of ancient artifacts and sculptures discovered in the vicinity of the Buddhist site at Sarnath. The exhibits provide insights into the historical and artistic significance of the region.
Explore the Dhamek Stupa: Your next destination is the imposing Dhamek Stupa, a massive cylindrical monument thought to have been erected by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC. The stupa is a preeminent Buddhist monument in Sarnath and stands as a testament to ancient architecture.
Discover the Mulagandha Kuti Vihar: This contemporary Buddhist temple, located at the site where Buddha is said to have spent his initial rainy season post-enlightenment, offers serenity and spirituality. Immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere and the essence of Buddhism.
1:30 PM - Lunch Break After your insightful explorations, savor a delectable lunch at a local restaurant in Sarnath, where you can sample authentic regional cuisine. Your experienced guide can introduce you to local specialties and share insights into the flavors, spices, and culinary techniques of the region. This gastronomic experience is an opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the local food culture.
2:30 PM - Return to Varanasi Following lunch, you'll make your way back to Varanasi in preparation for the next leg of your journey.
3:30 PM - Benares Hindu University and Cultural Insights The next stop on your itinerary is the renowned Benares Hindu University, one of the largest residential universities in Asia. The university houses the Bharat Kala Bhavan museum, which boasts a remarkable collection of ancient Indian art and artifacts. Your visit to the museum allows you to explore and appreciate the rich cultural heritage and historical legacy of the Indian subcontinent.
5:30 PM - Conclusion of Your Immersive Tour As the day comes to a close, your private tour of Varanasi and Sarnath concludes. Your guide will ensure that you are safely dropped off at your Varanasi hotel, where you can take time to reflect on the profound experiences, cultural insights, and spiritual encounters you've had throughout this captivating journey.
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.