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Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Great overview and orientation of the city
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
All entrance fees included
On an extraordinary 2-night tour of Varanasi, discover the spiritual pilgrimage sites along the Ghats of this fascinating city and the neighboring Sarnath. Fly from New Delhi and join your guide for a tour by water and land, including airport arrival and departure transfers. Enjoy two nights' accommodation at a hotel in Varanasi with breakfast.
ItineraryDay 1: New Dehli—VaranasiMeet your driver at your New Delhi hotel and relax in the comfort of a private airport transfer for your flight to Varanasi. A representative will meet you upon arrival for the ride to your Varanasi hotel. Before heading out on a tour of the Ghats meet your guide for a tour briefing about the events occurring on the days ahead. Begin your evening tour of this spiritual city with a visit to the Ghats. This series of stone steps leads to the holy river where you’ll find Hindu and Jain worshipers mediating and teaching along the shores of the Ganges River. Your guide will share stories about Lord Shiva, who chose Varanasi as his home as you watch people from across the country gather to bathe in the waters of the Ganges. Hindus consider this to be the most holy of experiences. Gain a deeper understanding of the belief that those cremated on the sacred steps receive salvation after their death. Overnight Rivitas Hotel in Varanasi Day 2: Varanasi (B)Set sail on the Ganges for an early morning boat ride and watch as hundreds of pilgrims wade out into the holy waters as they have since ancient times. Listen to prayers and chants as your guide shares stories and history while the sun rises over head. Next, wander through the kinetic energy of Varanasi’s old city streets. Narrow back alleys and single-file passes pass by lively bazaars, food stalls and shrines. Visit the area surrounding the stunning gold-covered temple where Kashi Vishwanath, the patron deity of Varanasi, resides. The temple is only accessible to Hindus, but you’ll enjoy the vibrant city life that surrounds this holy destination. Return to your hotel for breakfast before heading out on a guided tour of Sarnath, which is about 6 miles (10 km) outside Varanasi. See the site where Buddha preached his first sermon in Deer Park and see some of the pilgrims who make their way to this ancient monument to pay their respects each year. Follow your guide to Dhamek Stupa, where a new monastery was built by the Buddhist Maha Bodhi Society on the same location where a once splendid ancient structure stood. Wander the galleries of the archaeological museum where you’ll see the Sarnath pillar represented in India’s national emblem. Your guide will share information about the first Buddhist monks who made their way here in the 3rd century BC. Enjoy an evening cruising by boat along the shores of Varanasi as you watch the spectacular aarti ceremony unfold before your eyes. Recognized as one of the most essential rituals of the Hindu faith, you’ll see flaming oil lamps wave over the Ganges as pilgrims chant over the ringing of temple bells. Overnight: Rivitas Hotel in Varanasi Day 3: Varanasi—New Delhi (B)Relax over breakfast at your Varanasi hotel and explore the city on your own and at your leisure. Check out in the afternoon and ride in comfort to the airport where you’ll fly to New Delhi’s Gandhi International Airport (own expense). You may also opt to stay in Varanasi to end your multi-day tour.
One-way flight from New Delhi to Varanasi
2 nights accommodation at the Rivitas hotel
Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
Boat ride on the Ganges River
Food and drinks, unless specified
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Passport information will be required in order to book bullet train tickets
Please note that dress codes are conservative throughout India; modest and respectful clothing that covers the shoulders and knees are recommended
Your Delhi city hotel
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
Tour ends at Indira Gandhi International Airport or Varanasi (if option is chosen). Transfer from Delhi airport to hotel not included