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2-Days Private Tour of Varanasi Including Sarnath and Boat Ride

Varanasi - also known as Kashi (City of Life) and Benares, the spiritual capital of India. It's a particularly auspicious place to die, since expiring here offers moksha (liberation from the cycle of birth and death), making Varanasi the beating heart of the Hindu universe. Most visitors agree it's a magical place. Visit the most important temples in Varanasi including the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple, Sankat Mochan Temple, Mother India Temple (Bharat Mata Mandir), Visit the the biggest Campus University in Asia Banaras Hindu University (BHU). Enjoy rickshaw (Tricycle) ride passing through the busy streets and bazaars of Varanasi. Witness the mesmerizing evening Áarti Ceremony' thanks giving ceremony to Mother Ganges. Enjoy the Morning Sunrise Boat Ride on Ganges and witness morning riverside rituals, Walk through the narrow old lanes of Varanasi. Enjoy traditional Silk Weaving art of Varanasi, Visit Sarnath where lord Buddha gave his first sermon.

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  • What's included :
    • 1x Breakfast
    • Accommodation included: 1 night
    • Overnight accommodation on twin sharing (If booked with option including Hotels)
    • Breakfast in hotel of stay (If booked with option including Hotels)
    • Professional private local tour guide
    • Entrance fees of sights (where applicable)
    • Transport by air-condition private vehicle
    • Morning and evening River cruise on Ganges
    • Evening Rickshaw (Tricycle) ride to reach Ganges Ghat
    • Walking tour in old city of varanasi
    • Bottled water
    • Entry/Admission - Sarnath
    What's excluded :
    • Food and drinks unless specified
    • Gratuities
    • Anything not mentioned in Inclusions head

  • Day 1: Varanasi City Tour Including Evening Ganges Arti Ceremony

    Stop At: Bharat Mata Temple, Vidyapith Road, Varanasi 221001 India
    Begin the trip with a pickup from the airport, railway station, hotel or other desired place in Varanasi. After that, you will have a Full-day city tour of Varanasi visiting Mother India Temple (Bharat Mata Mandir) - dedicated to the goddess who represents all the goddesses in the India culture. In other words, it can said that Bharat Mata personifies India as a mother goddess. Instead of traditional statues of gods and goddesses, this temple has a huge map of undivided India carved in marble.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Tulsi Manas Temple, Varanasi India
    Dedicated to Lord Rama, the walls of this modern, marble, sikhara-style temple are engraved with verses and scenes from the Ram Charit Manas, the Hindi version of the Ramayana.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Sankat Mochan Temple, Sankat Mochan Road Saket Nagar, Nagwa Lanka, Varanasi 221005 India
    This is a well known temple of Lord Hanuman also known as "Sankatmochan" the god who protects from the troubles. The temple was established by famous Hindu preacher and poet saint Sri Goswami Tulsidas in the early 16th century and is situated on the banks of the Assi river.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005 India
    Established in 1916, BHU is the largest university campus in Asia. Tour the campus and see the Bharat Kala Bhavan museum and the new Vishwanath Temple (Birla Temple), which is an exact replica of the original Vishwanath Temple.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Ganges River, Varanasi India
    Early evening enjoy rickshaw (Tricycle) ride passing through the busy streets and bazaars of Varanasi takes you to the holy river Ganges where you cruise to witness the ’Aarti’ ceremonies amidst hundreds of lighted candles and flower offerings. This beautiful ritual makes every moment of the evening period special and fills with the spiritual thoughts.
    Duration: 2 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Varanasi: 5 star - Ramada Plaza or similar / 4 star - Rivatas By Ideal or similar

    Day 2: Varanasi City Tour & Drop-off

    Stop At: Ganges River, Varanasi India
    Early morning pickup at 5:30am from your hotel and leave for boat ride on the Ganges to see the bathing Ghats (river bank) & cremation site. Sunrise on the riverfront, as seen from a boat, can be a spiritually uplifting sight. The life on the Ghats bound in an endless string of rituals, ever-changing aspects of the river & the wide landscape across have fascinated visitors from all over the world.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi 221001 India
    After boat ride a short walking tour of the back alleyways of the old city and have glimpse of the Holiest Temple of Hindus - Kashi Vishwanath dedicated to Vishveswara – Shiva as lord of the universe. Later back to your hotel for breakfast.

    Post breakfast witness Silk Weaving Art of Varanasi, Varanasi is known throughout India for its production of very fine silk and Banarasi saris. Varanasi saris are adorned with intricate designs and zari embellishments making it popular during traditional functions and weddings. The city had flourished as the Textile capital of the region.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Sarnath Via-Anlabereni, Varanasi 759026 India
    known as the place where the Buddha gave his first sermon. You'll also visit the Archaeological Museum, which features treasures that date to the 3rd-century BC (museum remain closed on Fridays).

    Later dropping back to hotel or your desired location in Varanasi.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast: (If booked with option including Hotels)
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Your Hotel in Varanasi or Varanasi airport, Railway station or other desired place in Varanasi
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Dress code - Temples is a sacred house of God and a place of daily worship. To preserving its sanctity and spiritual ambiance one must follow the below dress code within temple complex: Upper Wear: Must cover the shoulders, chest, navel, and upper arms Lower Wear: Must be at least below knee-length Remove footwear outside the temple. Socks are fine, you can keep wearing them.
    • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Please note: The Archaeological Museum in Sarnath is closed on Fridays
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Mandatory Gala Dinner on X-mas and New Year Eve at hotel of stay is not included and will be charged extra
    • During rainy season (July till Sep) every year, boat ride is subject to availability of Ganges River overflow
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Pacific Classic Tours India

Activity ID: V-8173P40

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