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2 Days Varanasi tour package for first timers

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    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

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We shall pick-up guests from Varanasi airport or railway station. We need arrival/departure flight or train details.
    Duration
    2 days
    Return Details
    Varanasi airport or Varanasi railway station
    Inclusions
    • 1x Breakfast
    • Accommodation included: 1 night
    • 01 Night accommodation in an excellent 5 star category Hotel with complimentary breakfast.
    • Room Plan [RB : Room + Breakfast]
    • Private rowing boat in the evening for seeing aarti ceremony.
    • Exclusive sunrise boat ride.
    • Sarnath Tour
    • Heritage Walk in old streets of Varanasi.
    • All airport and railway station transfers, sightseeing & excursions will be by a private chauffeur driven, AC Toyota Car.
    • Services of an English speaking local guide for the monuments as per the program.
    • Road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges etc as per the program.
    • Tour Varanasi’s Representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers
    • All currently applicable taxes, including the GST of 5.0% applicable on total invoice amount
    • Entry/Admission - Ganges River
    • Entry/Admission - Manikarnika Ghat
    • Entry/Admission - Ganga Aarti
    • Entry/Admission - Dasaswamedh Ghat
    • Entry/Admission - Sarnath
    Exclusions
    • Expenses of personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone / fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera / video camera fees at monuments, medical expenses, etc
    • Any meals, other than those specified above
    • Any travel insurance
    • Any visa fees
    • Any air-fare
    • Any other services not mentioned in the inclusion
    • Any Tips / Porter charges
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • No high heel shoes are recommended to wear
    • An additional Christmas Evening and New Year evening gala dinner will be extra and addition at Hotel and should be settled directly with clients in Hotel.
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    I spent a day and a half in Varanasi with my guide Ajay. We walked the small lanes and got to see the daily lives of the locals. He even arranged an excellent seat for me at the evening Aarti and I got to snap...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    1  Thank Gazalaaa
    TourVaranasi, Guest Relations Manager at Tour Varanasi, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

    Dear Guest, Thank you so much for taking out your precious time in writing this amazing review. We loved to know that services met to your expectations and that this tour package had all you wished for. Keep tripping ahead ! Thanks, Vandana Singh Manager...More

    Reviewed 9 September 2019 via mobile

    Good Really enjoyed, it was all a awesome,hotels, cab, guide everything was amazing.Thanks Tour Varanasi Team for making my visit to varanasi so memorableMore

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    TourVaranasi, Guest Relations Manager at Tour Varanasi, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Dear Mr. Alexa Thank you so much for taking out your precious time in writing this amazing review. We loved to know that services met to your expectations and that this tour package had all you wished for. Keep tripping ahead ! Thanks, Vandana Singh...More

    Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

    I really thank God that I came across this tour package. It has all the exciting activities one need to experience coming for the first time in Varanasi. The most interesting part was that I visited here on Diwali and all the steps were lighted...More

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    TourVaranasi, Guest Relations Manager at Tour Varanasi, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Dear Guest Thank you very much for sharing your travel experience you had with us here on TripAdvisor. The fact that you mention that our tours were without doubt the best run tours that you ever expected to have in Varanasi, means a lot to...More

    Reviewed 7 October 2018

    Thanks to Varanasi Tours for a wonderful experience in Varanasi. From first contact this company has been most helpful & responsive. Vimal promptly responded to my initial enquires & answered all my questions to ensure we knew what we getting. On arrival we were meet...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
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    TourVaranasi, Guest Relations Manager at Tour Varanasi, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2018

    Dear Ms. Rae, Many thanks for taking out time in writing this amazing review. We are really glad to know that services of all involved individuals exceeded your expectations and that your loved your Varanasi to Varanasi and hotel booked by us for you. We...More

    Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

    I wanted to have a really relaxing customised tour for VARANASI and found it exactly the same wished for. Tour Varanasi had an amazing team to deliver it's services. Hotel booked by them Madinn was super good. Recommended !More

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    TourVaranasi, Guest Relations Manager at Tour Varanasi, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Dear Mr. Shivbali Thank you so much for taking out your precious time in writing this amazing review. We loved to know that services met to your expectations and that this tour package had all you wished for. Keep tripping ahead ! Thanks, Vandana. Manager...More

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    Odyssey61840163440
    28 September 2019|
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    Response from Trail28813726224 |
    Yes please go ahead and book us for the 2 day tour 29th and 30th November and yes we would like for you to pick us up at the airport, 2.50pm Thursday 28th, flying Air India Flight 433 from Kochi India. And please book us... More
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    Trail28813726224
    5 July 2019|
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    Response from TourVaranasi | Property representative |
    Dear Mr. Brown, Thank you for choosing this package and we shall be glad to assist you on this. Yes, after the tour completion on Tuesday, you shall have enough time to be at airport well before time to catch your flight... More
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    28 June 2019|
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    Response from Odyssey61840163440 |
    Hi, slight change of plans, we are now arriving in Varanasi Thursday Nov. 28th 2.50. I was hoping we could do your two day first timers on Friday/Sat 29-30th with the option of a private guide around different parts of the... More
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