Day 1: Varanasi arrival + Walking tour + Participate in evening prayer ceremony with boat
Stop At: Ganges River, Varanasi India
On arrival at Varanasi airport or railway station, you will be met you company Representative and will be transferred to your booked Hotel [Accommodation for 01 Night by service provider included].
Later in afternoon and drive to Main Spice Market [Shops remains closed on Sundays]. You will step into old lanes of Varanasi. A guided walk in Varanasi old streets and through thousands years old alleys, holy temples will leave you mesmerised.
Discover the sacred and oldest living culture of this ancient city with getting yourself into these old streets. A walk which promises surprise at every step is extremely rich in its insights and sights.
This Varanasi walk takes place in Northern part of the Ghats, and will give real insights of Varanasi. With this walking tour one would be able to see Kashi Vishwanasth Temple, Famous Food Streets of Varanasi, Kachuri Gali, and Perfume Market, Flower market, Silk Market, Souvenirs Market, Spice Market and many countless things.
Duration: 4 hours
Stop At: Manikarnika Ghat, Ghasi Tola Road, Varanasi 221001 India
Later in the evening you will be taken to river bank of Ganga to see cremation rituals followed by witnessing the mesmerising grand prayer (aarti) ceremony with a private boat.
On reaching cremation ground – Manikarnika Ghat, you will see all cremation rituals. This is the only place in the world where cremation goes for 24 hours and every 3rd minute a new dead body arrives for cremation rituals. Know the logic behind burning of dead bodies and see all cremation rituals being performed from your boat with your naked eyes. Photography is not allowed here.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Ganga Aarti, Dashashwamedh ghat Varanasi Dashashwamedh ghat Road, Varanasi India
Later after it glide towards to main Ghat [main river bank area] to witness evening prayer ceremony which is a kind of Hindu way of worship, which is basically an event organised every- day to give thanks to river Ganges. Normally a Hindu worship is done privately, but this worship ceremony is done on the river bank of Ganges openly and publicly. It is only of its kind, therefore attracts thousands of people daily to witness it. This Hindu ritual of saying thanks is very unique and surreal. It started a few years ago but making its importance rapidly to the world.
Later in the middle of this prayer perform candle release rituals in river Ganga. It is said, while doing this, you can wish for smoothing and your wishes gets fulfilled. Guide will chant Mantras for you for this special and spiritual ritual.
The ceremony takes place on small wooden steps at the edge of the Ghat. 7 young priests in vermilion saffron perform a synchronised prayer ceremony for 45 minutes.
The ceremony marks an end when priest pours water in the river and chant prayers. This is followed by people offering lamps and flower pots into the river. As the prayer concludes the lamps are immersed into the waters. A belief goes here that before this evening prayer ceremony begins if somebody leaves a lighted lamp in the holy water of Ganges, with a wish in his mind, his wish will come true soon. This act is one of the very simple yet very fulfilling and trusted.
Duration: 2 hours
No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Hotel The Madin or Similar - 5 Star Category Hotel
Day 2: Sunrise boat ride + Visit to Sarnath + Departure transfer
Stop At: Dasaswamedh Ghat Road Bangali Tola, Varanasi 221001 India
30 minutes prior to dawn, you will be taken on a boat excursion on the holy river Ganges where you will see the bathing Ghats and cremation site. As you watch people taking holy dips in Ganges and executing the worshipping rituals on the Ghats, you will feel the spirituality of the locals and it might lead you to the deeper insight into your existence in this universe.
After this return back to your Hotel.
Duration: 3 hours
Stop At: Sarnath Via-Anlabereni, Varanasi 759026 India
After breakfast drive to Sarnath.
Buddha owns favorite place, Sarnath is among the greatest tourist destinations in Varanasi & has utmost importance in Buddhism religion and culture. Situated 10 kms from Varanasi, Sarnath has religious, cultural and architectural significance. It was in the Deer park in Sarnath where Gautama Buddha delivered his first sermon post-enlightenment. It is a place where from this religion and culture started. The place rose to its significance during reigns of Ashoka who erected numerous stupas here.
You will see Ruins of Sarnath, Budhha Temple, large Buddha statue, Archeological museum [Museum remains closed on Fridays] and deer park.
This tour will be completed approximately by 01:00 PM.
Later after this at an ideal time transfer to Varanasi airport or railway station to catch your flight or train to your onward destination
Duration: 4 hours
No accommodation included on this day.