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Varanasi Sightseeing on wheels

Our most recommended Varanasi Sightseeing on wheels

India: Evening Ganga Aarti With Dinner and Private Transfer

1. India: Evening Ganga Aarti With Dinner and Private Transfer

Your driver will collect you from your hotel lobby for the journey to Ghat for Aarti. On arrival at Ghat, you will embark on the boat trip to Dashashwamedh Ghate. The Aarti prayer service is performed each evening by a group of priests. You will also witness the Agni Pooja, which is performed as a commitment to the Lord Shiva. All priests here are students of the Vedas and Upanishads, which is led by the head priest of the Gangotri Seva Samiti. The service is performed by traditionally-garbed priests by the light of brass lamps. This magnificent Aarti takes 45 minutes and starts at 6:45 p.m.  After Aarti, eat in a famous Indian restaurant, where you will enjoy a mouthwatering dinner.

Private Full-Day Varanasi Tour & Monkey Temple

2. Private Full-Day Varanasi Tour & Monkey Temple

Start your full-day of exploration with a convenient pick-up at your accommodation. You will meet your driver/guide at 11:00 AM in the lobby of your hotel and set off on your adventure to find out why the city holds such religious importance in the Hindu mythology.  Your tour will start with a visit to Kashi Vishwanath Temple - a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Witness the beauty of a temple that is considered to be one of the twelve Jyotirlingas (the holiest Shiva temples) in India. Here, in the Hindu belief system, visiting the temple and dipping yourself in the waters of the holy Ganga River is considered to be the way of achieving Moksha (liberation). Continue on your tour to visit the famous Monkey Temple, also called Durga Temple. Marvel at the temple's beautiful carvings, inlaid stones and the holy water pond called 'Kund'. Follow your temple trip with a visit to 'Tulsi Manas Mandir', where Hindu scripture Ramayana was originally translated by Tulsidas from the Sanskrit language to Awadhi dialect in 16th-century. Admire the temple walls that display scenes and pictorials from the Ramayana in the form of paintings. You will also get the chance to see Bharat Mata Temple, also called Mother India temple. Here you can see the undivided relief map of India carved out of marble.  Add to the list of beautiful temples visited with a trip to Birla Temple, also known as Marble Temple, another famous architectural structure dedicated to Lord Shiva. After a fascinating full day tour of Varanasi city, the tour will complete and you will be safely dropped back at the hotel.

Varanasi Full-Day Private Tour with Sarnath and Ganga Aarti

3. Varanasi Full-Day Private Tour with Sarnath and Ganga Aarti

After breakfast, you'll be picked up from your hotel and driven to Sarnath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is hailed as one of the holiest Buddhist places in India and the place where Gautama Buddha, after attaining spiritual enlightenment, delivered his first sermons and claimed the place as an important pilgrimage site for his followers. Here, you'll first visit Chaukhandi Stupa, which is an elevated structure surrounded by octagonal towers. It's the gateway to Sarnath and adorned by lush green lawns from all sides. Then, you'll see Dhamek Stupa, a remarkable structure built of stone and brick. This cylindrical pillar is engraved with delicate floral carvings of Gupta origin. After this you'll visit Mulagandha Kuti Vihar, a modern temple encasing unrivalled frescoes by a Japanese painter and a rich repository of Buddhist literature. Later you will be taken to visit the Sarnath Museum. This is an expansive museum that houses the finest specimens of Buddhist art and culture.  Afterwards, you can enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting some famous temples and many other marvellous holy structures. In the evening, you will get to witness the ritualistic rites held every night on the banks of the Ganges, before being taken back to your hotel.

Indian Village Tour

4. Indian Village Tour

Your village tour will begin with a pickup at 12:00 PM from your hotel lobby. Board the air-conditioned car and get ready to see the raw beauty of India, living strong in its villages. You will be driven to the secluded villages of Lamahi and Dashrathpuri, situated near Varanasi. This city is well known for its Hindu spiritual and religious traditions, as well as for its serenity with numerous ghats. A short drive from Varanasi takes you to the bygone golden period, living on in its nearby villages. This is the chance to see the true India in its golden period. Take a peek at the slow rural life of India, far away from the chaotic city. See farmers, artisans, and local people at work. Chat, try your hand at pottery, and spend time with skilled artisans. Get to know in detail about daily life in India over a hot cup of tea. After the tour, you will be safely dropped back at your booked hotel.

Varanasi: Temples, Ganges Aarti, and Classical Dance Tour

5. Varanasi: Temples, Ganges Aarti, and Classical Dance Tour

Start with an afternoon pickup from your hotel at 3:00 PM. First make your way to the most famous and important temples of Varanasi, the Goddess Durga temple. Learn of the many interesting stories and myths attached to this temple from your guide. Visit the Bharat Mata temple or the Mother India temple. This temple is one of a kind in the entire country where rather than idol worship, there is an undivided map of India, symbolizing the worship for one’s motherland. Visit the Monkey temple, which is dedicated to the monkey god, and the Tulsi Manas temple which has the one of the two greatest epic Ramayana engraved on its wall. See the Shri Vishwanath temple in Banaras Hindu University which is reputed to be one of the tallest in the entire country. After exploring the temples, head towards the Assighat for the evening aarti. An experience which is claimed to be magical by people from all around the world, it includes priests using fire as an offering to the river Ganga with the help of oil lamps. A ritual that goes back to centuries ago, it often attended by a huge number of people from around the world. After attending this aarti, enjoy a cultural dance performance by local artists where they enact a beautiful sketch from an epic or other mythological instance. Afterwards, be returned to your hotel.

Varanasi: Night Tour with Aarti Ceremony and Street Food

6. Varanasi: Night Tour with Aarti Ceremony and Street Food

Try the deliciously varied street food that characterizes Varanasi, and see the famous aarti light ceremony on this magical evening tour of the city. The tour starts at 5:00 PM, with pickup from your hotel or residence. Travel through the winding streets towards the city center to witness the ritual of aarti. During the ceremony a group of priests clad in saffron and white robes will perform a ritual of Hindu worship with oil lamps, all synced to beautiful music. It’s a spectacular vision and one not to be missed. After witnessing the aarti, enjoy a street food tour led by an expert local guide. Try mishrambhu, a local milk product. Then visit multiple locations to sample a variety of delicious savory southern and northern Indian flavors. Stop at a sweet shop and see how these products are made, then sample some to satisfy your sweet tooth. At the end of the evening, you will be taken back to your hotel by your guide. 

Varansi: Day Tour to Sarnath with Boating and Ganga Aarti

7. Varansi: Day Tour to Sarnath with Boating and Ganga Aarti

Explore Varanasi, one of the oldest cities in the world along with Sarnath, the land of Buddha in this day tour which will acquaint you to this land in its absolute raw form! Your tour will begin with your guide picking you up from your hotel at around 1:00 PM in the day with your first stop at Sarnath The land where Buddhism flows in its air, this place holds a lot of history and culture to offer Standing as one of the four key places on the Buddha circuit, the place attracts travelers and pilgrims from around the world! Visit the different temples like the Tibetan, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and Thai along with exploring the deer park (the exact place where Buddha gave his first sermon) Visit the Stupas and most ancient monastery as your guide equips you with all the history Once you are done here, make your way back to Varanasi, where you will start exploring this mystical city with a boat ride at the Ganges! Immerse in the cool breeze of the holy Ganges and witness the many colorful ghats (stone step embankment) as your guide tells you the importance of all Post this, get ready to navigate through the narrow alleys of the oldest part of Varanasi, as you go on a Heritage walk in the oldest part of Varanasi in an exclusive Heritage Walk Feel like a true local as you get acquainted with the culture and heritage of the locals in this part Your guide will tell you about all the important features and you will also halt to see the Golden Temple (the most important temple for Hindus in Varanasi) Upon ending this, make your way to one of the ghats for the evening Ganga Aarti One of the most magical experiences attracting travelers from world-wide, it’s a ritual where priests use fire in the form of oil lamps to seek blessings from mother Ganges Following this magical experience, we will call it a day with drop-off back to your accommodation.

Morning Aarti and Private Varanasi City Tour

8. Morning Aarti and Private Varanasi City Tour

Begin your tour bright and early at 5:00 AM. You will be picked up from the lobby of your hotel to proceed towards Assi Ghat where the Morning Aarti (Subh e Banaras) takes place. The vibrant sound of the mantras, recited by the pundits during Aarti, will leave you spellbound. After that, proceed back to the hotel for morning breakfast. Later, leave for a city tour of Varanasi. During this part of the tour you will visit Banaras Hindu University, Asia's largest residential university, Birla Temple (Vishwanath Temple), the Bharat Kala Bhawan museum, Monkey Temple, Durga Temple and Bharat Mata Temple.  Hotel drop-off at the end of the tour.

Varanasi: Maharaja Boat Ride and Dinner

9. Varanasi: Maharaja Boat Ride and Dinner

At around 5:00PM, your chauffeur will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the Dashashwamedh Ghat, for a Maharaja boat ride with music and Ganga Aarti. Once you have reached the ghat, you will board the Maharaja boat, welcomed by a seller who is dressed up in a uniform complete with a garland and bouquet. The royal boat will be decorated with flowers, furnished with carpet, and you will be served some snacks and drinks like tea, coffee, cashew nuts, cookies and chocolates. Once you go upstairs on the boat, you will see that the floor has been covered with white mattresses, one side of which renowned musicians will be sitting with a tabla and sitar. You can sit here on a chair or on the floor to enjoy the mesmerizing Indian classical music. After admiring the soothing Indian music and praising the art of the musicians, it will be time to watch the magical Ganga Aarti. You will be able to easily catch a glance of this one hour Ganga Aarti from the boat. This awe-inspiring Aarti will start a chant of mantra followed by harmonious hymns dedicated to Lord Shiva, Mata Ganga (Ganga River), Surya (the sun), and Agni (lord of fire). The prayer will be given by a group of priests dressed up in similar clothes (dhoti and kurta), who will be holding a multi-tiered heavy brass lamp and a conch shell. This Aarti is splendid, with the ghats being overcrowded with people to witness this glorious Aarti. Every evening it seems to be the occasion at Dashashwamedh Ghat. After sightseeing this lavish Ganga Aarti, you will be taken to one of the famous restaurants in Varanasi for a tempting dinner, after which you will be dropped back at your hotel.

Varanasi: Private Evening Street Food Tour

10. Varanasi: Private Evening Street Food Tour

Your tour will begin at 4:00 PM with pick-up from your hotel. Then you will drive in an air-conditioned car to Assi Ghat, the southernmost ghat in Varanasi and the first stop on the tour. After exploring the ghat, your guide will take you to try the first dish in this street food tour, poori sabzi. Hot and crispy poori or kachori is stuffed with dal and served with a spicy potato gravy. Next, it is time to taste some of the famous sweets of Varanasi. Try jalebi, a treat made from deep fried batter. Then taste shahi turka, an Indian bread pudding. Both of these food items are served crispy and hot, with lots of syrup. Afterwards, you will be served a lassi in an earthenware glass. Lassi is a yogurt drink flavored with cardamom and garnished with pistachios, fresh cream, and a few drops of rose water. You can also try and number of other Indian sweets. Varanasi is famous for aloo tikki chaat, potato patties with chickpea curry and garnished with green chutney, and pani puri, a hollow snack stuffed with different filings. Finally you can try the best chewing paan in Varanasi. After tasting all of these delicious street foods, you will be dropped back at your hotel at around 7:00 PM.

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What people are saying about Varanasi

We were picked up on time in the morning, had his great guide and driver. would book excursions again at any time with get your guide. Lunch and continuing into the evening were simply great.

Manoj was fantastic , we also told the Maden hotel staff about trip!

This is a trip that every visitor to Varanasi must do? Manoj was great ! I would suggest that you guys advise more of the hotels about this trip !

Everything fitted

Set up friendly guide, well put together tour, good food