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Overview
Varanasi, or Benaras, (also known as Kashi) is one of the oldest living cities in the world. Varanasi`s Prominence in Hindu mythology is virtually unrevealed.
Detailed Itinerary

Arrive Varanasi and you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check-in. As a religious capital of Hinduism, Varanasi is the oldest living city in India as well as one of the world’s most ancient cities.

Later this evening take a rickshaw ride through the streets of Varanasi to the ghats of the River Ganges to witness the Pooja ceremony of Ganga Aarti (a prayer ceremony).

Meals: No meals included today

Rise early this morning to commence your cruise on the River Ganges to view the ghats at sunrise when they are abuzz with activity. The devotees perform their ablutions in the river or offer prayers to the rising sun. As you cruise along the river you will have an ideal vantage point to view these activities.

Please note: It is inappropriate to take photos of any burning Ghats, as this is a funeral ceremony.

Return to your hotel to freshen up before commencing a brief sightseeing tour of Varanasi. We start by visiting some of the important temples like Bharat Mata Mandir, a unique temple inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi, which interestingly houses one of the most perfect relief maps of India and is dedicated to Mother India. Another is the Durga Temple dedicated to Goddess Durga, consort of Lord Shiva.

Afterwards we drive through the largest residential university of Asia, Banaras Hindu University, founded by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya where we visit the new Vishwanath Temple in the university campus.

This afternoon you will visit the Buddhist sites at Sarnath. It is the fabled place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon to his disciples expounding the principles of Buddhism. The ruins here date back to as far as the 3rd Century BC.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

This morning after check-out you will be met and transferred to the airport to board your flight to onward destination.

Meals: Breakfast is included

Inclusions

02 Nights accommodation at the The Rivatas – by Ideal ( 4* ) with breakfast in a deluxe room
Package Inclusive of arrival/departure transfers and city tour by AC vehicle
Services of English speaking Guide for sightseeing
Monument entrance fees (01 time each) wherever applicable
Rickshaw ride & Boat ride
01 Lunch during sightseeing as per itinerary plus all taxes

Exclusions

Anything not mentioned in Inclusions
Tips and Gratuities
Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary

Notes

On a normal course we provide AC Medium Car for 01-02 pax and AC Innova car for 03 pax traveling together

Additional night(s) accommodation available on request

Trip Highlights

Rickshaw ride - Ghats of the River Ganges - Bharat Mata Mandir - Banaras Hindu University - Buddhist sites at Sarnath

Departure Period

01 Oct, 2019 to 31 Mar, 2021
AUD 498 P P twin share
AUD 750 P P single

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