Varanasi is a city renowned for its profound cultural significance. The holy river Ganga, which flows through the heart of the city,... serves as a repository of thousands of years of history and tradition. Our tours offer a unique opportunity to witness the magnificent Sunset with Ganga Aarti, a ritualistic prayer offered to the deity of the river, which marks the beginning of life at the banks of Mother Ganga. Additionally, you can partake in a morning prayer conducted by a priest, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the river while boating. This is an experience of a lifetime that should not be missed. Our tours provide an enriching cultural experience at the heritage sites of Mother Ganges.
Varanasi is a city renowned for its profound cultural significance. The sacred river Ganga, which flows through the heart of the city, serves as a repository of thousands of years of history and tradition. Our tours offer a unique opportunity to witness the magnificent Sunset with Ganga Aarti, a ritualistic prayer to the deity of the river, and to partake in the morning eye-opener prayer conducted by a priest at the banks of Mother Ganga. Additionally, our tours provide the chance to enjoy the breathtaking scenic views of the river while boating. This is an experience of a lifetime that should not be missed. Our tours promise to provide a wealth of cultural experiences at the heritage sites of Mother Ganges.
Day 1: The guests will be collected from the hotel at 5:30 am and transported to the ghat to partake in a morning boat ride during the sunrise. At this time, numerous devotees can be observed bathing in the sacred waters. The ghats, which are an unbroken chain of stone steps stretching from one end of the city to the other, line the great river banks. It is believed that those who pass away in the river of life in Varanasi are liberated from the cycle of birth and death, making the site a sanctuary for the infirm and elderly who await their final days. The smoke emanating from the crematoriums on the river’s edge bears witness to their ultimate release from earthly constraints. The boat will dock at Manikarnika (Cremation) Ghat, where anywhere from a few dozen to a few hundred corpses are cremated daily, and the ghat is bustling with activity as the cremated bodies emit smoke and fire.
Afterward, the guests will return to the hotel for breakfast.
Following breakfast, the guests will visit Sarnath. Buddha chose Sarnath in Varanasi as the location for his first sermon, making it one of the most revered Buddhist sites. Sarnath is also associated with Jainism. There are numerous Buddhist monuments and structures at Sarnath, including the Dhamekha stupa, the Dharmarajika stupa, and the Chaukhandi stupa, as well as monasteries and temples representing various schools of Buddhism from Japan, China, Thailand, Burma, and other countries.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 2: After Breakfast Subsequently, proceed to the river bank and venture into one of the oldest streets for a captivating walking tour. A guided stroll through Varanasi’s ancient streets, thousands of years old alleys, and holy temples will leave you spellbound. Immerse yourself in the sacred and oldest living culture of this ancient city by exploring these historic streets. This walk promises surprises at every turn and is
rich in insights and sights, offering numerous learning experiences. The Varanasi walk takes place in the Northern part of the Ghats and provides genuine insights into Varanasi. With this walking tour, you will be able to witness Kashi Vishvanasth Temple, Famous Food Streets of Varanasi, Kachori Gali, Perfume Market, Flower Market, Silk Market, Souvenirs Market, and countless other things.
Later in the evening, drive to the river bank of Ganga and embark on a private boat to witness the aarti ceremony followed by observing cremation. Aarti is a Hindu ritual in which light is offered to one or more deities. Aarti also refers to the songs sung in praise of the deity while offering lamps. Hindus in India worship the river Ganges as a goddess.
Every evening in Varanasi, aarti is performed at the Dashashwamedh ghat. We can watch it from the ghat or from the waterside in a boat. It is a beautiful, resonant, and majestic spectacle with a very precise choreography involving rituals performed by several priests with the sound of bells, drums, cymbals, and Sanskrit mantras. The river is also worshipped with flower petals. After this, you will return to the hotel, and the services will end here.
Your tour concludes here, and your driver will drop you off at the Varanasi airport, Varanasi Railway Station, or your hotel in Varanasi.
Note: The itinerary can be modified as per your flight or train timings.
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