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Varanasi: Private City Highlights Day Tour & Ganges Cruise

1. Varanasi: Private City Highlights Day Tour & Ganges Cruise

Varanasi Remembrances : After early morning pickup at 5:30am from your hotel, take a sunrise boat ride on the sacred Ganges River. Witness morning rituals performed at the riverside. Kashi Vishwanath Temple : Afterward, follow your guide on a short walking tour of the old city's alleyways and catch sight of the Kashi Vishwanath, one of the holiest Hindu temples Banaras Hindu University : Banaras Hindu University (Pass By) Stop for breakfast (own expense), then head to Banaras Hindu University at 10am. 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. Bharat Mata Temple : Mother India Temple, built in 1918 and housing an unusual marble relief map of the Indian subcontinent. At 12:30pm, learn about the silk weaving traditions of Varanasi, then take a break for lunch (own expense). Afterward, drive about eight miles (13 km) to Sarnath to take in Dhamekh Stupa, 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 (closed Fridays). Dasaswamedh Ghat : At 5pm Ganges to view the cremation grounds, then return to Dashashwamedh Ghat to watch the evening Ganga Aarti ceremony. Your tour ends with return to your hotel around 8pm. Sarnath : Sarnath is a place located 10 kilometres north-east of Varanasi near the confluence of the Ganges and the Varuna rivers in Uttar Pradesh, India. The deer park in Sarnath is where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma, and where the Buddhist Sangha came into existence through the enlightenment of Kondanna.

Varanasi: Private City Day Tour with Ganges Boat Ride

2. Varanasi: Private City Day Tour with Ganges Boat Ride

A Varanasi day tour typically includes a wide range of cultural, spiritual, and historical experiences. Here's a sample itinerary for a one-day tour of Varanasi: Morning: Sunrise Boat Ride: Start your day early with a peaceful boat ride on the Ganges River. Witness the city come alive with the soft glow of the rising sun. You'll have the opportunity to see the ghats, pilgrims performing rituals, and ancient temples from the water. Dashashwamedh Ghat: After the boat ride, visit Dashashwamedh Ghat to witness the morning Ganga Aarti. This is a vibrant and spiritually charged ceremony where priests perform rituals, accompanied by chanting and music. Mid-Morning: Kashi Vishwanath Temple: Explore the iconic Kashi Vishwanath Temple, one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Be prepared for a unique and spiritually enriching experience. Banaras Hindu University (BHU): Visit the BHU campus, one of the largest residential universities in Asia. You can explore the Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum and the New Vishwanath Temple within the campus. Lunch: Local Cuisine: Savor traditional Varanasi cuisine at a local restaurant or enjoy a thali meal, featuring a variety of regional dishes. ( At Your Own Cost) Afternoon: Sarnath: Drive to Sarnath, located just a short distance from Varanasi. Sarnath is a significant Buddhist pilgrimage site where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Explore the ancient ruins, visit the Dhamek Stupa, and the Sarnath Museum to see exquisite Buddhist artifacts. Late Afternoon: Visit Silk Weaving Center: Varanasi is renowned for its silk weaving. You can visit a silk weaving center to witness the intricate process of creating beautiful Banarasi silk sarees. Evening: Return to Varanasi: Head back to Varanasi in the late afternoon. Evening Aarti: Attend the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti ceremony at Dashashwamedh Ghat again, this time in the evening. The grandeur and spirituality of the evening Aarti are a sight to behold. Dinner: Dinner by the Ganges: End your day with a delicious dinner at a restaurant overlooking the Ganges. You can enjoy traditional North Indian cuisine while soaking in the ambiance of Varanasi's ghats. ( At Your Own Cost) After The Tour we will drop you back to Varanasi hotel or any location in Varanasi.

Varanasi: A Private Day Trip Highlights & Ganges Cruise

3. Varanasi: A Private Day Trip Highlights & Ganges Cruise

Begin your day with a 5:30 am hotel pickup for a serene sunrise boat ride on the sacred Ganges River. Witness the captivating morning rituals performed on its banks. Kashi Vishwanath Temple: Afterward, accompany your guide on a short walking tour through the old city's labyrinthine alleyways and catch a glimpse of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, one of Hinduism's most revered shrines. Banaras Hindu University: While passing by Banaras Hindu University (BHu), pause for a moment to admire the largest university campus in Asia, established in 1916. At 10 am, explore the BHu campus, visit the Bharat Kala Bhavan museum, and see the impressive new Vishwanath Temple (Birla Temple), an exact replica of the original Vishwanath Temple. Bharat Mata Temple: Next, at 12:30 pm, visit the Mother India Temple, constructed in 1918, which houses an intriguing marble relief map of the Indian subcontinent. Learn about Varanasi's silk weaving traditions before taking a break for lunch (at your own expense). Sarnath: Around 8 miles (13 km) away, discover Sarnath, where the Dhamekh Stupa stands as the site of Buddha's first sermon. Explore the Archaeological Museum, showcasing treasures dating back to the 3rd century BC (closed on Fridays). Dasaswamedh Ghat: At 5 pm, return to the Ganges to observe the cremation grounds, then head back to Dashashwamedh Ghat for the enchanting evening Ganga Aarti ceremony. Your memorable day culminates with a return to your hotel around 8 pm. Sarnath: Sarnath is a significant location situated 10 kilometers northeast of Varanasi, near the confluence of the Ganges and Varuna rivers in Uttar Pradesh, India. It's where Gautama Buddha delivered his first teachings and where the Buddhist Sangha originated through the enlightenment of Kondanna."

Varanasi: Guided Tour of Varanasi & Sarnath By AC Car

4. Varanasi: Guided Tour of Varanasi & Sarnath By AC Car

Memories of Varanasi: After leaving your hotel at 5:30 a.m. Take a sunrise boat ride on the sacred river Ganges. Witness the morning rituals on the banks of the river. Kashi Vishwanath Temple: Next, follow your guide on a short walking tour through the streets of the old city and visit one of the most sacred Hindu temples, Kashi Vishwanath. Banaras Hindu University: Banaras Hindu University (Pass By) Stop for breakfast (at your own expense), then depart for Banaras Hindu University at 10 a.m. Founded in 1916, BHU is the largest university in Asia continent. Tour the complex and see the Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum and the new Vishwanath Temple (Birla Temple), which is an exact replica of the original Vishwanath Temple. Bharat Mata Mandir: Mother India Temple, built in 1918, houses an unusual marble relief map of the Indian subcontinent. At 12:30 pm, learn about the silk weaving traditions of Varanasi, then break for lunch (at your own expense). Next, drive about eight miles (13 km) to Sarnath to see the Dhamekha Stupa, known as the place where the Buddha gave his first sermon. You will also visit the Archaeological Museum, which houses treasures dating back to the 3rd century BC (closed on Fridays). Dashashwamedh Ghat: 5 PM to visit Ganga Cremation Ghat, then return to Dashashwamedh Ghat in the evening to watch Ganga Aarti Ceremony. Your tour will end with you returning to your hotel around 8 p.m. Sarnath: Sarnath is a place located 10 kilometers north-east of Varanasi near the confluence of the Ganges and Varuna rivers in Uttar Pradesh, India. The Deer Park in Sarnath is the place where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma, and where the Buddhist Sangha came into existence through the enlightenment of Kondanna.

Varanasi: Full Day Varanasi and Sarnath Guided Tour By Car

5. Varanasi: Full Day Varanasi and Sarnath Guided Tour By Car

A full-day guided tour of Varanasi and Sarnath is an excellent way to explore the cultural and spiritual heart of India. Here's a sample itinerary for a one-day tour of Varanasi and Sarnath by car: 5:30 am: Sunrise Boat Ride on the Ganges River Your guide will pick you up from your hotel at 5:30 am. Begin your day with a serene boat ride on the sacred Ganges River. Witness the mesmerizing sunrise and observe the morning rituals performed by the riverside. Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Old City Walking Tour After the boat ride, embark on a short walking tour of the old city's alleyways. Catch sight of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Enjoy breakfast (at your own expense). Head to Banaras Hindu University (BHU), established in 1916 and the largest university campus in Asia. Tour the campus and visit the Bharat Kala Bhavan museum. Explore the new Vishwanath Temple (Birla Temple), an exact replica of the original Vishwanath Temple. Bharat Mata Temple and Silk Weaving Tradition Visit the Bharat Mata Temple, also known as the Mother India Temple, built-in 1918. Admire the unusual marble relief map of the Indian subcontinent. Learn about the silk weaving traditions of Varanasi. Lunch Break (Own Expense) Take a break for lunch (at your own expense). Sarnath Excursion Drive approximately eight miles (13 km) to Sarnath. Visit Dhamekh Stupa, the spot where Buddha gave his first sermon. Explore the Archaeological Museum, housing treasures dating back to the 3rd century BC (closed on Fridays). Evening Activities At 5:00 pm, visit the Ganges to view the cremation grounds. Return to Dashashwamedh Ghat to witness the evening Ganga Aarti ceremony. Experience the mesmerizing rituals and chants performed by priests on the banks of the Ganges. Return to Hotel Your tour concludes with a return to your hotel around 8:00 pm. This itinerary offers a comprehensive exploration of Varanasi and Sarnath, encompassing spiritual, cultural, and historical highlights. Make sure to follow the guide's recommendations and immerse yourself in the unique ambiance of these sacred cities.

Varanasi: Guided Tour of Varanasi & Sarnath By AC Car

6. Varanasi: Guided Tour of Varanasi & Sarnath By AC Car

Memories of Varanasi: After leaving your hotel at 5:30 a.m. Take a sunrise boat ride on the sacred river Ganges. Witness the morning rituals on the banks of the river. Kashi Vishwanath Temple: Next, follow your guide on a short walking tour through the streets of the old city and visit one of the most sacred Hindu temples, Kashi Vishwanath. Banaras Hindu University: Banaras Hindu University (Pass By) Stop for breakfast (at your own expense), then depart for Banaras Hindu University at 10 a.m. Founded in 1916, BHU is the largest university in Asia continent. Tour the complex and see the Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum and the new Vishwanath Temple (Birla Temple), which is an exact replica of the original Vishwanath Temple. Bharat Mata Mandir: Mother India Temple, built in 1918, houses an unusual marble relief map of the Indian subcontinent. At 12:30 pm, learn about the silk weaving traditions of Varanasi, then break for lunch (at your own expense). Next, drive about eight miles (13 km) to Sarnath to see the Dhamekha Stupa, known as the place where the Buddha gave his first sermon. You will also visit the Archaeological Museum, which houses treasures dating back to the 3rd century BC (closed on Fridays). Dashashwamedh Ghat: 5 PM to visit Ganga Cremation Ghat, then return to Dashashwamedh Ghat in the evening to watch Ganga Aarti Ceremony. Your tour will end with you returning to your hotel around 8 p.m. Sarnath: Sarnath is a place located 10 kilometers north-east of Varanasi near the confluence of the Ganges and Varuna rivers in Uttar Pradesh, India. The Deer Park in Sarnath is the place where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma, and where the Buddhist Sangha came into existence through the enlightenment of Kondanna.

The Ultimate 1 Day in Varanasi - How to Spend 13 Hours

7. The Ultimate 1 Day in Varanasi - How to Spend 13 Hours

Morning pick up from hotel. Later you will go for a boat ride on the Ganges. It is a mystical and spiritual experience on the edge of the river Ganges you will see people offering water to the Sun God and devotees taking a holy dip in the river Ganges. We will visit all the famous Ghats of Varanasi via boat. At Manikarnika Ghat The boat will drop you at Manikarnika Ghat. You will get a guided visit & explanation about the phenomenal place - Manikarnika Ghat. This is the only place in the world where the cremation takes place. Take a walk for 1 hour via this site and witness the ayurvedic oils that we are used to traditionally for some kind of medication & heritages/ ancient buildings, homes, temples, and architecture of Varanasi. Walking along with the narrow lanes of Varanasi. Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple (Golden Temple) While walking Kashi Vishwanath Corridor you will reach Kashi Vishwanath Temple. It was reconstructed in the year 1780 by the Maratha monarch, Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore. Note: Carry your passport copy as the same will be required to show to police while entering inside. Later, you will return to the hotel to enjoy breakfast. Learn interesting stories with your professional guide. Banaras Hindu University After breakfast, we will take you on a “City Tour”. The journey starts from Bharat Mata temple, Sankat Mochan (Hanuman temple), Manas Mandir, and BHU, now the most religious. Amble around the oldest city of the world, visit one of the most sacred Hindu temples, walk through the narrow lane and also explore ancient mosques. Return to the hotel. Sarnath is a place 13 km away from the city of Varanasi. This is the place where Buddha preached his first sermon to his five apostles and so Buddhism began from there. After that emperor, Ashoka created a number of stupas and monuments to spread Buddhism. Also in Sarnath, there are several animals and birds which get the matter of attraction (especially Deer Park). Sarnath Museum There are some of the remaining monasteries and the beautifully polished Lion Capital of Ashoka in the Sarnath Museum. Proceed towards the Ghats. Hotel fresh n up & you will Proceed Ganga Aarti In the evening, you are going to get the most memorable moment of your life because you will be taken to the River Ganges. Now you will witness Ganga Aarti, Which is the grand event during the evening. It starts at 4:00 P.m. and people around the world gather to be a part of the event. You can experience a great rapture during the process of Aarti. At Dashaswamedh Ghat, a group of young clergymen well garbed in silky saffron and white robs conduct this ceremony. Each clergyman takes up a specific spot in the Ghats and starts the rituals by offering flowers to the river Ganga. The ritual includes many oil lamps. Return to Hotel in Varanasi, rest Overnight in Varanasi.

Varanasi: Private Day Tour with Ganges Boat Ride & Aarti

8. Varanasi: Private Day Tour with Ganges Boat Ride & Aarti

Early Morning pickup from your hotel in Varanasi or from the Airport and Begin your trip meeting your guide at the airport and Start Your Tour at 5.00 am Morning boat ride on the River Ganges. Enjoy soaking in the spectacular sunrise views and later, return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, head to Sarnath. It is the place dotted with various Buddhist pilgrimage sites of great significance. If you are a devout follower of Buddha then you must visit this place. Later, visit the New Vishwanath Temple also known as the Birla Mandir. Settled within the Banaras Hindu University, It took around 35 years to build this temple. Head to the Tulsi Manas Temple built by the royal family of Banaras in 1964. It is believed to be the place where the legendary poet Tulsidas wrote the great Indian epic Ramcharitramanas. Close to this temple is the Durga Temple (Monkey temple) dedicated to Goddess Durga (divine feminine energy). In the evening, witness the spectacular Ganga Aarti at the Dashashwamedh Ghat. It is daily evening ceremony that has been practiced since thousands of years on the banks of River Ganges. After Ganga Aarti my driver and Guide drop you at your Hotel or Airport.

Varanasi Day Tour - Boating, Walking, Yoga Temple, Wrestling

9. Varanasi Day Tour - Boating, Walking, Yoga Temple, Wrestling

Hi Everyone Thank you for giving me an opportunity to show you the oldest city in the World Varanasi. We start our tour from Assi Ghat where you will explore subah-e-banaras (Morning Ganga Arti, Classical India Music, Free yoga season), Traditional Wrestling and Famous , Heritage Walking and evening Ganga Arti at Dashaswamedh Ghat.

Varanasi: Varanasi and Sarnath Private Day Trip with Lunch

10. Varanasi: Varanasi and Sarnath Private Day Trip with Lunch

Memories of Varanasi: After leaving your hotel at 5:30 a.m. Take a sunrise boat ride on the sacred river Ganges. Witness the morning rituals on the banks of the river. Kashi Vishwanath Temple: Next, follow your guide on a short walking tour through the streets of the old city and visit one of the most sacred Hindu temples, Kashi Vishwanath. Banaras Hindu University: Banaras Hindu University (Pass By) Stop for breakfast (at your own expense), then depart for Banaras Hindu University at 10 a.m. Founded in 1916, BHU is the largest university in Asia continent. Tour the complex and see the Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum and the new Vishwanath Temple (Birla Temple), which is an exact replica of the original Vishwanath Temple. Bharat Mata Mandir: Mother India Temple, built in 1918, houses an unusual marble relief map of the Indian subcontinent. At 12:30 pm, learn about the silk weaving traditions of Varanasi, then break for lunch (at your own expense). Next, drive about eight miles (13 km) to Sarnath to see the Dhamekha Stupa, known as the place where the Buddha gave his first sermon. You will also visit the Archaeological Museum, which houses treasures dating back to the 3rd century BC (closed on Fridays). Dashashwamedh Ghat: 5 PM to visit Ganga Cremation Ghat, then return to Dashashwamedh Ghat in the evening to watch Ganga Aarti Ceremony. Your tour will end with you returning to your hotel around 8 p.m. Sarnath: Sarnath is a place located 10 kilometers north-east of Varanasi near the confluence of the Ganges and Varuna rivers in Uttar Pradesh, India. The Deer Park in Sarnath is the place where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma, and where the Buddhist Sangha came into existence through the enlightenment of Kondanna.

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I had a beautiful experience during the Olli festivity in Varanasi. Brahmin Anmol brought me around during the morning to spot some of the most significant temples in Varanasi, both Hindu and Buddhist. He knows all the history behind them. During the evening, we went for a boat tour on the rivers Ganges and we witnessed a burning celebration (not for faint hearted), and the evening Hindu mass, with lots of rituals, music and colours. In Italian: with Anmol we visited the entire city of Varanasi and saw Hindu and Buddhist temples, Anmol fully knows the thousand-year history of the city, and we toured it on a motorbike. We were during Olli's holiday, so our clothes were not spared from the colored water balloons😂, but we had fun. This was in the morning, but in the evening we met for the Ganges tour, and witnessed the cremations (cool stuff) and the evening Hindu ritual directly from the boat. Anmol speaks Italian, which can help

Anmol was our guide and He was very sweet, he has very good English and He also speaks Italian. He has a great understanding of the culture and spirituality and made easy for us to understand a little bit about an Indian culture in Varanasi. We explored the city in a car with AC which was very nice considering the hot weather and the driver was very careful with the Indian traffic. We could visit special places like temples where few people know about it. My friend and I felt safe and enjoyed the tour very much. It was a full experience with Anmol and we really recommend his service. Thank you so much for having us Anmol! We were feeling blessed having you as our guide! Namaste!

Wonderful! We were looking for a guide and a driver and we found real friends, Briji and Vickey were attentive, careful and gave us spectacular information! We will be back and will certainly recommend it! An indescribable experience!

Raj our guide has been very good, he speaks Spanish well and explained to us patiently, the driver was also very good, there was water for us, he gave us enough time for photos, 100% recommended excursion

Rahul was an excellent guide. He was personable and knowledgeable about Varanasi. I learned a lot from him about the local culture. Thanks Rahul!