Varanasi Independent Adventure

Classic, Varanasi to Varanasi

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A perfect add-on to any trip to India, explore the mystical and holy Hindu city of Varanasi. Take a memorable sunset and sunrise boat trip down the Ganges River and be enthralled by the thousands of devotees who come to the banks of the river to absolve themselves of their sins. Witness the bathing ghats and centuries-old temples, and explore the narrow winding lanes in search of exquisite silks, brassware, and stunning saris. Also visit Sarnath, known as the birthplace of Buddhism and the site of the enlightened Buddha’s first sermon.

What’s included

  • Arrival transfer
  • Varanasi city tour
  • Sunset and sunrise boat trip on the holy Ganges River
  • Guided excursion to Sarnath
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Cruise the ganges river and observe local traditions and rituals
  • Explore varanasi's "old city" and marvel at its ghats
  • Visit where lord buddha preached his first sermon

Itinerary

Day 1 Varanasi Varanasi is the quintessential Indian holy city, where millions of Hindus travel for pilgrimage, to worship, to mourn, or to die. Included Activities: Arrival Day Meet and Greet Hotel Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 2 Varanasi (1B) Varanasi is a pure vegetarian town – no eggs, meat, fish, or alcohol is allowed (within a certain distance of the river Ganges). Opt to visit Chaat Gali, a street of vendors selling the spiciest chaat (savoury snack) in the state. A visit to Varanasi is incomplete without tasting paan -- it is the perfect end to any meal and comes in many varieties – stuffed with gulkhand (rose petal preserve), cardamom, or grated coconut. Included Activities: City Tour Evening Ganges Boat Tour Transport: Cycle rickshaw
Day 3 Varanasi (1B) Get up early for a sunrise boat ride along the Ganges and observe the dawn rituals of bathing and burial. In the afternoon take an excursion to Sarnath, where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon. Included Activities: Morning Ganges Boat Tour Sarnath Visit Transport: Cycle rickshaw Private Vehicle
Day 4 Varanasi (1B) Depart at any time.
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