Varanasi also known as Banaras or Kashi, is a city on the banks of the Ganges in Uttar Pradesh. It is holiest of the seven sacred cities in Hinduism and Jainism. Hindus believe that death at Varanasi brings salvation. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and the oldest in India.
Many of its temples were plundered and destroyed by Mohammad Ghauri in the 12th century. The temples and religious institutions in the city now are dated to the 18th century. The Kashi Naresh (Maharaja of Kashi) is the chief cultural patron of Varanasi, and an essential part of all religious celebrations. The culture of Varanasi is closely associated with the Ganges. The city has been a cultural center of North India for several thousand years, and has a history that is older than most of the major world religions. Gautama Buddha gave his first sermon at Sarnath located near Varanasi. Varanasi is the spiritual capital of India. One of the largest residential universities of Asia the Banaras Hindu University is located here.
Varanasi is often referred to as the city of temples, the holy city of India, the religious capital of India, the city of lights, the city of learning and the oldest living city on earth.
Day 01: Arrival Varanasi
Arrive at Varanasi Airport / Station and proceed to the arrival lounge. TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS Executive will page you by your name. Thereafter you will be assisted with a transfer to the hotel, check in at the hotel and stay two nights in Varanasi.
Day 02: Varanasi
Wake up early morning around 0530 hrs and proceed to enjoy the sunrise boat ride on river Ganges. The river will be thronged with early morning bathers, raising their faces to the rising sun and reciting the sacred mantra. One can see the perpetual movement of the pilgrims on the steps, the vivid colors of their clothes glistening against the pale gold water, the triangular flags fluttering atop the temple spires. Varanasi is associated with promotion of spiritualism, mysticism and Sanskrit, yoga and Hindi language. Visit the Banaras ghat, Asi ghat & various other ghats. Return back to hotel for buffet breakfast. After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for morning city tour of Varanasi visiting various temples. Late afternoon excursion to Sarnath - the site of the deer park 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 and has a rich collection of ancient Buddhist relics and antiques comprising of numerous Buddha and Bodhisattva images on display at the Museum. Later in the evening witness grand prayer ceremony on the ghats of river Ganges. (B)
Day 03: Departure Varanasi
After breakfast your tour finishes with transfer to the Varanasi airport / station to board your onward flight. (B)
- 02 nights hotel accommodation with private facility
- Travel, transfer and sightseeing by private air-conditions car with driver as per itinerary
- Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, D=Dinner)
- Entrance fee, Monument charges and Boat ride.
- Local English speaking tour guide during sightseeing in Varanasi
- All current taxes