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Varanasi: Private City Highlights Day Tour & Ganges Cruise

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.

From Delhi: Rishikesh and Haridwar Day Trip

From Delhi: Rishikesh and Haridwar Day Trip

Begin your day bright and early as your driver arrives to commence the journey towards Haridwar, located approximately 4 hours away and 214 km from Delhi, in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India. Known as "the gate of God," Haridwar stands as one of the most revered Hindu sites, attracting pilgrims worldwide to its sacred grounds along the banks of the Ganges River. This city marks the point where the river emerges from the mountains, flowing into the North Indian plains, embodying a blend of divine mysticism and devotion. Your exploration in Haridwar takes you to the esteemed Har-ki-Pauri, celebrated for the divine footprints of Lord Vishnu embedded on a stone wall. This location, home to the sacred Brahmakund, is pivotal for devotees seeking purification in its holy waters. The Ganga Arti ceremony at dusk transforms Har-ki-Pauri into a spectacle of spiritual luminance, with the river reflecting the glowing diya lights, creating a serene ambiance. The journey continues to the Mansa Devi Temple, perched high and offering panoramic views of Haridwar. Devoted to the wish-fulfilling goddess Mansa Devi, this temple completes the sacred Siddhapeeth triangle along with Chandi Devi Temple and Maya Devi Temple, marking it as a must-visit for blessings and spiritual insights. Venturing further to Rishikesh, a small town in Uttarakhand, known as the global yoga capital and the gateway to the Himalayas. Rishikesh gained fame from The Beatles' visit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram and remains a pivotal starting point for the Char Dham Yatra. Among its attractions, Triveni Ghat stands out as a significant bathing spot, adorned with depictions of Hindu deities and offering a tranquil space for ritual baths in the Ganges. Lakshman Jhula, a historical suspension bridge named after Lord Rama's brother, serves as a landmark in Rishikesh, flanked by temples and marking a spiritual journey across the river. Nearby, Swarg Ashram offers a hub for spiritual seekers, with its array of ashrams, eateries, and shops, making it an essential part of your visit. Concluding your spiritual journey, the return trip to Delhi brings you back around 10 p.m., carrying with you the serene experiences, divine blessings, and memories of the sacred landscapes of Haridwar and Rishikesh.

Sunrise boat tour

Sunrise boat tour

Boat tour in the morning is a must to do activity in the city of Varanasi. It is started every morning from the Assi-ghat. First, we watch the arti-ceremony and the havan, which is one of the oldest rituals performed by the Hindus. Then, we sip some chai (Indian masala tea) in the traditional way and then we head to the boat. We cover about 55 most important ghats by the boat, which floats on the waters of the Ganges amidst the stories which are related to different ghats and monuments on the bank. We reach the Manikarnika-ghat, the most venerated crematorium. After that, boat returns slowly to the Assi-ghat. This tour provides the picturesque, panoramic view of this beautiful city.

Pintu Tourist Guide in Spanish & English in Varanasi/Benares

Pintu Tourist Guide in Spanish & English in Varanasi/Benares

Paseo en barca por el río Ganges al amanecer Sin duda, uno de los momentos mágicos de Varanasi será dar un paseo en barca por el río Ganges al salir el sol. Tendremos que madrugar bastante pero el sueño se nos olvidará al contemplar los ghats a primera hora de la mañana, cuando la ciudad despierta y numerosos fieles hinduistas bajan al río para hacer los baños rituales. En los ghats veremos gente meditando y haciendo yoga en grupos o en solitario. Sin duda, la vista de Varanasi desde el río se quedará grabada en nuestros corazones. Visita a pie a la zona antigua de Varanasi Visitaremos desde un gimnasio tradicional o Akhara, que sigue prácticas de entrenamiento muy antiguas, hasta el mercado de vegetales de la ciudad vieja o tomaremos una taza de té masala mientras nos explican las aplicaciones de la aromaterapia y de los aceites esenciales. Pararemos en algunos templos importantes de la ciudad, como el Templo Dorado, el más importante para los hindúes, el templo Nepalí, con sus tallas que representan escenas del Kamasutra, el templo de Hanuman, el dios mono, y otros templos muy interesantes de Varanasi. También pasearemos por los dos ghats donde se producen las cremaciones de los hindúes fallecidos (ghat de Manikarnika y del Rajá Harishchandra) así como el ghat Kedar, el segundo más importante para tomar los baños rituales los peregrinos. También visitaremos alguno de los 270 talleres donde se confeccionan en telares manuales los famosos tejidos de seda de Varanasi, unos de los mejores de toda India, siguiendo los diseños mogoles. Y, cómo no, si os apetece tomar un delicioso lassi en taza de arcilla, pararemos en uno de los mejores sitios de la ciudad. 1. Lolark Kund. 2. Navegación Durga Mandir. 3. Mata Anandomayi Ashram. 4. Jain Templo 5. Kashi kamkotisher Templo 6. Shav Shiva Kali Mandir. 7. Tara Bari Mandir. 8. Purana Durga Bari. 9. Chousatti Mandir. 10. Nav Grah Mandir. 11. Centro de la ciudad. 12. Vishalakshi Mandir. 13. Dharm Kund. 14.Hanuman Mandir. 15. Casco antiguo de la ciudad. 16.Refresca el viejo hogar ayurvédico. 17. Mercado de flores 18. Lassi azul. 14. Mercado Local Paseo en barca por el río Ganges al amanecer Sin duda, uno de los momentos mágicos de Varanasi será dar un paseo en barca por el río Ganges al salir el sol. Tendremos que madrugar bastante pero el sueño se nos olvidará al contemplar los ghats a primera hora de la mañana, cuando la ciudad despierta y numerosos fieles hinduistas bajan al río para hacer los baños rituales. En los ghats veremos gente meditando y haciendo yoga en grupos o en solitario. Sin duda, la vista de Varanasi desde el río se quedará grabada en nuestros corazones.

From Varanasi: Varanasi & Sarnath Full Day Guided Car Tour

From Varanasi: Varanasi & Sarnath Full Day Guided Car Tour

Experience the spiritual essence of Varanasi and the historical significance of Sarnath on this comprehensive full-day tour. Your day begins with a convenient pick-up from your hotel, the airport, or the railway station. Embark on a scenic drive to Sarnath accompanied by an insightful tour guide who will enrich your journey with captivating commentary. Upon arrival in Sarnath, explore the sacred grounds where Buddha delivered his first sermon. Engage with the tour guide's enlightening narratives as you absorb the historical and spiritual significance of this revered site. The visit continues with an exploration of the renowned Sarnath Museum, which houses an impressive collection of ancient artifacts. Returning to Varanasi, delve into the city's vibrant religious tapestry. Visit the iconic Kashi Vishwanath Temple, the serene Monkey Temple, the poignant Tulsi Manas Mandir, and the grand Birla Temple, each offering a unique perspective on Varanasi's diverse religious landscape. Throughout the day, you have the flexibility to enjoy lunch as per your preferences (lunch not included in the package). As the sun begins to set, embark on a mesmerizing boat ride along the holy Ganges River. Witness the enchanting panorama of ghats, witness the rituals, bathing, and cremation ceremonies that unfold along the riverbanks. The experience is further heightened by the profound spiritual aura that envelops the surroundings. Concluding the day, immerse yourself in the captivating Ganga Aarti ceremony, where lamps and incense create a mesmerizing spectacle on the ghats. As the tour comes to an end, your guide and driver will ensure you are dropped off at your desired location, leaving you with memories of an enriching and transformative day exploring the spiritual heart of Varanasi and the historical treasures of Sarnath.

Varanasi: Private Fully-Day Tour with Sarnath and Boat Ride

Varanasi: Private Fully-Day Tour with Sarnath and Boat Ride

Morning: Morning Boat Ride on the Ganges: 5:30 am: Sunrise Boat Ride on the Ganges River Begin your day early with a serene boat ride on the Ganges River. Witness the magical spectacle of sunrise over the ghats (riverfront steps) of Varanasi. Capture the soft hues of dawn as they illuminate the ancient cityscape and the rituals taking place along the riverbanks. Photograph the devotion of pilgrims as they perform their morning rituals, and the shimmering reflections of the temples and ghats in the holy waters. Enjoy breakfast. 1hour (at your own expense). Exploration of Varanasi's Old City: Take a stroll through the narrow lanes and alleys of Varanasi's Old City, a maze-like network of streets lined with ancient temples, traditional homes, and vibrant bazaars. 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 new Vishwanath Temple (Birla Temple), which is an exact replica of the original Vishwanath Temple. Photograph the architectural splendor of temples like iconic Monkey Temple (Durga Temple). Capture the vibrant street life, including bustling markets, chai stalls, and the timeless rhythm of everyday life in this ancient city. Visit the Bharat Mata Temple, Admire the unusual marble relief map of the Indian subcontinent. Learn about the silk weaving traditions of Varanasi. Afternoon: Take a break for lunch 1 hour (at your own expense). Visit to Sarnath: After lunch, proceed to Sarnath, located just a short drive from Varanasi. This sacred site is where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. Explore the ruins of ancient Buddhist monasteries, stupas, and the Ashoka Pillar, which bears inscriptions commemorating Emperor Ashoka's visit to Sarnath. Capture the serene ambiance of the landscaped gardens and the spiritual significance of this revered pilgrimage site. Evening: Tea Break Time 1Hour Sunset at Dashashwamedh Ghat: Return to Varanasi in the late afternoon to witness the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti ceremony at Dashashwamedh Ghat, one of the city's most sacred and bustling ghats. Capture the elaborate rituals performed by priests, accompanied by chanting, music, and the rhythmic waving of oil lamps. As the sun sets and the evening descends, photograph the ethereal atmosphere and the flickering lights reflected on the surface of the Ganges River.

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Rishikesh: Ganges River Rafting Adventure

Rishikesh: Ganges River Rafting Adventure

Arrive at the meeting point and be transported to the launching area. Receive your safety gear, such as life jackets and helmets, and join experienced rafting guides who are trained to handle different river conditions. Feel the thrill of navigating a range of rapids with varying degrees of difficulty, suitable for both beginners and experienced rafters. Experience the iconic Roller Coaster, Golf Course, and Double Trouble, among others. Take in the scenic beauty of the Ganges River as you flow through the stunning landscape of the Himalayan foothills, offering breathtaking views of lush forests, rocky cliffs, and pristine surroundings.

Varanasi: Private City Day Tour with Ganges Boat Ride

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: Varanasi ghat & temple walking tour

Varanasi: Varanasi ghat & temple walking tour

Immersive Varanasi Ghats and Temples Walking Tour: Unraveling Spiritual Splendor with a Local Guide . Varanasi, the spiritual heart of India, beckons travelers with its ancient ghats and sacred temples lining the banks of the revered Ganges River. A walking tour through the labyrinthine alleys and bustling streets of Varanasi offers a transformative journey into the depths of spirituality, culture, and tradition. With the guidance of a knowledgeable local, this exploration transcends mere sightseeing, immersing participants in the rich tapestry of Varanasi's history, mythology, and everyday life. Join us on a captivating journey as we unveil the hidden treasures and profound insights of Varanasi's ghats and temples. Assi Ghat - Where Dawn Awakens The tour commences at Assi Ghat, where the first light of dawn gently illuminates the sacred waters of the Ganges. As the city stirs to life, participants witness the age-old rituals of purification and devotion that unfold along the ghats. With the guidance of our local expert, guests delve into the significance of these morning practices, from the chanting of mantras to the performance of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) amidst the tranquil ambience of Assi Ghat. As the sun sets over the sacred city of Varanasi, participants emerge from their transformative journey, their hearts and minds enriched by the profound experiences and insights gained along the way. Guided by the wisdom of a local expert, they have traversed the hallowed ghats and temples of Varanasi, delving deep into the spiritual heritage and cultural legacy of this timeless city. Though their footsteps may fade, the memories of their pilgrimage endure, a testament to the enduring allure of Varanasi - the city of light, life, and liberation.

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What a great day, despite the hot weather! Guide Anmol was very informative, had a lot of knowledge of the city, spiritual practices and depth of meaning behind temples and other sight seeing. Had I of visited these places alone, I would not have understood many things of had received the energetic impact I have from today. The driver was very kind and extremely prompt, very good air conditioning. The guide at Sarnarth Ravi had so much wisdom to share, took his time in explaining the stories of Buddha’s life, enlightenment and death; and answered my millions of questions. Anmol was very flexible to my needs and interests, I really appreciate the tour being tailored accordingly for me. Thank you for an enjoyable last day in the holy town of Varanasi 😁

Deepak was a fantastic tour guide who went out of his way to make sure we had a great day - ensuring we were comfortable and well fed. We also loved learning about yoga! Despite the long journey, our trip to Haridwar and Rishikesh was 100% worth it. The Aarti ceremony was particularly special and a notable experience that we will treasure forever.

Exactly what I wanted. A lovely boat trip in the morning, with lots of sights to see and time to rest in between (I was there in May and it was 42 degrees). The highlight in the evening was the holy ceremony on the Ganges in a place with a good view from above. I had a very experienced and knowledgeable guide in Mr Ravi.

Mohammed Singh was great at taking photos!! The car was cool and it was easy to sightsee! I asked the guide a lot of questions and he answered them all! Thank you for the fun memories of India!

karan our guide was very friendly and explained us lots about the places we saw. the boat trip was beautiful and serene. highly recommend