Varanasi Extension Tour
Trip Highlights :- Varanasi (Excursion to Sarnath, Evening prayer ceremony - Aarti, Early morning boat ride on river Ganges, Temple and University tour)
Tour duration : 02 Nights / 03 Days
Varanasi : The land of Varanasi (Kashi) has been the ultimate pilgrimage spot for Hindus for ages. Often referred to as Benares, Varanasi is the oldest living city in the world. Hindus believe that one who is graced to die on the land of Varanasi would attain salvation and freedom from the cycle of birth and re-birth. Abode of Lord Shiva and Parvati, the origins of Varanasi are yet unknown. Ganges in Varanasi is believed to have the power to wash away the sins of mortals. There are a number of historical and religious places and towns around Varanasi that are worth visiting. Such as Sarnath, Chunar, Jaunpur and Kaushambi, Sarnath is famous for being the place where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon after getting enlightenment.
Arrive in Varanasi, meeting assistance and transfer to hotel. Check-in to your room/s.
Early evening visit the Bharat Mata (temple of Mother India) it features a huge marble map of India on the ground floor. Next visit the Durga Temple, this temple is one of the most imposing architectural monuments in Varanasi.
Later, visit the ghats of river Ganges to witness the performance of Ganges Aarti – prayer ceremony. See Hindu devotees performing the "Puja" with lighted lamps. The view is very mesmerizing and the ambience is spectacular in the backdrop of the ringing bells as well as the incessant chantings.
Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
At dawn visit the sacred river Ganges for a boat ride. Every morning at dawn hundreds of worshippers can be seen bathing in the sacred waters. The great river banks are lined with an endless chain of stone steps - the ghats - that stretch from one end of the city to the other. The Ghats form an impressive part of the religious landscape of the city. Proceeding downstream at a leisurely pace, you would be pointed out the significant temples and buildings as well as the changing architectural style. Life and death go hand in hand in Varanasi. While young people seek prosperity and protection from harmful influences, the older generation comes to Varanasi to cleanse their souls in the forgiving waters in preparation for their ultimate dissolution.
Following the boat ride we set off on foot to explore the inner city. Through a maze of narrow alleys, home to numerous shrines and shops.
Return hotel for breakfast. Afterwards visit Tulsi Manas temple and Banaras Hindu University is an internationally reputed temple of learning, situated in the holy city of Varanasi. This Creative and innovative university was founded by the great nationalist leader, Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, in 1916 with cooperation of great personalities like Dr Annie Besant, who viewed it as the University of India. Banaras Hindu University was created under the Parliamentary legislation - B.H.U. Act 1915. It played a stellar role in the independence movement and has developed into the greatest center of learning in India. It has produced many great freedom fighters and builders of modern India and has immensely contributed to the progress of the nation through a large number of renowned scholars, artists, scientists and technologists who have graced its portals. The university, which occupies a large piece of land at the southern end of town, is also home to the New Vishwanatha Temple. The New Temple is modern in design and open to Hindus and non-Hindus alike.
PM - Excursion to Sarnath - one of the holiest Buddhist sites in the world, where Buddha preached his first Sermon in 590 BC. Witness the ruins of a once flourishing Buddhist monastery, There are many Buddhist monuments and structures in Sarnath. Some of the significant Buddhist monuments at Sarnath are the Dhamekha stupa, the Chaukhandi stupa and monasteries and temples. There is also an enormous stretch of ancient ruins at Sarnath. Numerous Buddhist structures were raised here between the 3rd century BC and the 11th century AD, and today it presents the most expansive ruins amongst places on the Buddhist trail. The Ashoka Pillar is the National emblem of India. Also visit Museum - Numerous sculptures, arts, and other artworks on Lord Buddha are stored in the Museum of Sarnath.
Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Breakfast and check-out. Transfer to Varanasi airport to board flight for Delhi / Mumbai. From there on take connecting return journey flight.
End of our services
1. Accommodation in Double room in 05 Star or 04 Star category hotels on CP Basis (Room + Breakfast Basis) inclusive of all presently applicable taxes.
2. All Arrival / Departure transfers from airport to hotel and vice - versa
3. Monument entrance fees to places of visit as per the itinerary
4. Early morning boat ride in River Ganges in Varanasi.
5. Local English speaking Guide during the tour.
6. All Transfers, City sightseeing/excursions and long drives as per itinerary using chauffeur driven air-conditioned Car / Mini Van / Coach.
7. 01 bottle packaged drinking water per person per day
8. All presently applicable interstate & toll taxes
1. Domestic air tickets and return international air tickets from the city of origin.
2. Travel Insurance and Indian Visa.
3. Personal expenses such as: Any Meals other than specified above / Drinks / Laundry bill & Telephone calls at hotel. Tips for Guides & Driver / Camera Fees at the monuments or any other expenses not included in the clause "inclusions".