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Ganges And The Holocene City of Varanasi
“Banaras is older than tradition, older even than legend and twice as old as both of them put together.” It’s a city which is known as the oldest and continually inhabited place in the world, yet seemingly timeless in a bizarre way. It’s ghats incorporate the multiple facets of life, it’s incalculable temples are the harbours of incessant spiritual grace, it’s people an approachable and amiable lot and the river Ganges which gives the city it’s meaning is the cascade of life
It’s the only place in India, which defies death as much as it celebrates life. Mythology has it that the funeral pyres at the famous cremation grounds of Manikarnika and Harishchandra Ghat never cool down. Much like the ghat in Rabindranath Tagore’s short story by the same name, every ghat in Varanasi has it’s own unique story. Ghats in the holy city is more than just a set of stone steps leading down to the riverfront.
As the day falls, the ghats of the city of lights gear up to sing praises in the glory of the river which is an integral part of the city’s life. As the life-sized brass lamps move deftly through the evening air charged with devotion and spirituality, the climax seeps inside all those who throng the place. The experience can best be described as enervating and soulful, as words simply fail to describe the event accurately.
A temple in the holy city is just a stone’s flying away, as there are temples in almost every lanes of the city, and at every nook and corner. And Varanasi is also known as ‘Galiyon Ka Shaher.’ People in the holy city like to communicate to their deities they worship in a way which is unique to the place.
Arrival in Varanasi and Check in at Luxury Resort
Ganga Boat Ride and Varanasi Ghat Walks
Start your day with a boat ride at dawn and witness the heavenly beauty of the pious Ghats and the delightful ambience of Varanasi. Behold the captivating beauty of the vicinity when the first rays of the sun touch the sacred lands of this holy city. Experience “The Bhog Aarti” at Lord Shiva Temple. The architecture of the temple is noteworthy and is also known as the Golden Temple, because of the gold used in the making of the tall spire and the dome.
All devoted Hindus aspire to visit this site once before they die, for they believe that liberation from worldly thing can be achieved here. Visit Gyanvapi mosque constructed by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb after he demolished the original Kashi Vishwanath temple at the site. The remnants of the Hindu temple can be seen on the walls of the Gyanvapi mosque. Notice the old Hindu temple wall mixed into the mosque.
Lunch at a local place. Head towards Dashaswamedh Ghat. Come twilight, and the Ghat cannot be passed unnoticed as colourful umbrellas shelter the area and Pandits get ready with enormous, multi-tiered brass oil lamps and various offerings.
The five Pandits who orchestrate the Aarti start to blow conch shells to mark the beginning. With the amount of work and enthusiasm that is put into the Aarti, it is hard to imagine that the same rite of worship takes place every day. End the day with the delicious dinner at the resort while you narrate your experiences with the fellow travellers.
Varanasi Temple Visits, Astrology Sessions, Aarti (Spiritual Ceremony) and Candle Light Dinner
Indulge in the breakfast and prepare yourself for a a spiritual temple tour at the BHU campus comprising old Hindu Temples. Get more close to your future by knowing the future prediction during the Astrology session. Drive to the famous ghats where you take your boat for that unique experience on the river.
This is followed by the mesmerizing ‘aarti’ ceremony. Head back to the resort, where you relish into a special candlelight dinner at The Ganga Kund just for you – the village deity Temple, floating candles, starlit sky and soul-stirring music – an evening never to be forgotten.
Day Tour to Ramnagar Fort & Nepali Temple
Wake up and leave for Ramnagar Visit. This lofty and stately 18th-century Ramnagar Fort is situated on the bank of the Ganga river opposite to the Tulsi Ghat at a distance of 14 Km from Varanasi. This sandstone fort was built by Kashi Naresh Raja Balwant Singh in the year 1750.
The most attractive thing which makes this crumbling, beautiful and mesmerizing is to watch the sunset over the Ganga river from here. Take a stroll and find a vast collection of imperial things like gold & silver palanquins, a huge collection of vintage cars, royal costumes, ivory work, armour, guns, furniture, Mughal miniatures, swords, sedan chairs, etc in the Ramnagar Museum.
Head back towards the ghats of Varanasi and Indulge in the Indian lunch while basking in the serene surroundings of Ganges. Visit Nepali Mandir – a replica of the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu in the evening. It was built by the King of Nepal in Nepali style of architecture. The temple has exquisite woodwork that displays the craftsmanship of Nepali workers. These workers were brought here especially for the construction of this temple. Post that just leisure stroll in the streets of Varanasi.
Village Tour ( Drive a Tractor) Live like a local
Wake up and gear up for a serene experience. Caught up in your hectic city life, how often have you desired but not managed to do the basics in life – like riding a tractor or tilling the fields after breakfast. Let’s take you on a tractor around our village (you can also try your hand at driving one!) and show you the homes of Varanasi’s villagers.
Visit their fields, dirty your hands digging up vegetables (seasonal) and experience how they live happily with very little. Later in the evening visit the weavers village of Sarai Mohana that is known for its gold and silver brocade and Zari work weaved on to the finest of silk. Take back home a few florid Benaras silk Sarees.
Yoga guided Lesson, Day tour to Sarnath
Start your day with an early morning Yoga Session. After a personalized consultation, our yoga expert will take you through a series of body and mind postures. A visit to Sarnath known as Isipatana, where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment is a must.
Mauryan Emperor Ashoka, deeply moved by the place’s sense of peace, built the famous Ashoka Pillar at this spot. Once you see the sculpture of the Buddha’s feet is a reminder that he once walked this Earth. Also, visit the Archaeological Museum which contains important relics that date as far back as the 3rd-century BC.
The Nichigai Suzan Horinji Temple, a short walk from the Dhamek Stupa, has typically Japanese aesthetics, with a twin-storeyed pagoda with a sloping roof curving up at the eaves. But to see truly jaw-dropping Japanese art, one must venture over to the Mulagandha Kuti Vihar, built by Sri Lanka’s Maha Bodhi Society.
The walls of this monastery display Japanese artist Kosetsu Nosu’s interpretations of the life of Buddha, inspired by the frescoes of Ajanta. After an insightful tour head back to the resort and devour in delicious dinner HYATT mediterranean.
Indian Culinary Cooking Experience and evening Ghat Walks
After your breakfast at the resort, delight your partner or engage in a culinary experience by cooking up an amazing Indian meal. Your experience begins by going to the local market in an ‘auto rickshaw’ (three-wheeled scooter) and buying all the essentials for the meal. Return and don the Chef’s hat! With guidance from our Chef, you will learn the delightful art of Indian cooking and rustle up a delectable meal for two.
Accept the Tree of Life Cook Book from the resort as a memory to continue and enhance your culinary skills an apron to take home as a souvenir. In the evening Visit Ghats like Darbhanga Ghat, Chet Singh Ghat, Scindhia Ghat. Try the most unique street food and get amazed by the taste of each of it. End your day with a Dinner and Ganges view at Brijrama.
Village Walks and Country side experience
Delve into a sumptuous breakfast. Experience the calm, serene and natural surroundings of the resort with a horse-drawn buggy through the narrow winding roads and explore a bit of the Varanasi countryside – away from the noise and traffic of the city. Enroute, stop at the home of Basanta – he and his family have been tilling the fields around our Resort for generations.
Visit his home and meet the family – simple, warm and caring. Ride back to the Resort. Leave the world behind once in a while – escape and indulge yourself in exquisite wellness treatments. Share your experience and stories of Varanasi during the Dinner at the Resort.
Departure from Varanasi
After the breakfast, set off for the Varanasi Airport for the respective destination with loads of memory and stories to be retold.
- A current valid passport is required on the day of travel.
- You will get an English-speaking guide, If you need another language then kindly inform us in Special Requirements upon booking.
- Assembly Point contact information will be found on your confirmation voucher.
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level.
- The duration of transfers are approximate.
- The exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions.
- Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
- Per Person single piece of luggage is recommended.
- All activities involving nature or subject to nature are bound by the weather conditions and are subjected to change.
- This Tour is not recommended for Pregnant Travellers.
- The Tour is not wheelchair accessible, for the same reach out to our team for custom itinerary.
- The Tour is not wheelchair accessible, for the same reach out to our team for custom itinerar
- This is Group tour and there will be other members in the group.
RangeDizkvr Signature Tour
Tour typeGroup Tour
Best time to visitAll Months
Starting pointDelhi Airport
Ending point:Delhi Airport
Hotels typeLuxury River Spa and Spiritual Resorts
Payment schedule50% Advance to book this tour
Experience expertYes, Escorted by an Expert
Experiences offeredAncient Archaeology Walks, Culinary Experience, Destination Dinners, Treasured city walks, Yoga and Meditation, Astrology
- Less than 30 days prior to the departure date, 100% cancellation.
- 30 - 45 days prior to the departure date 50% cancellation of the total amount of the tour.
- 45 or more prior to the departure date 0% cancellation.
- Cancellation amount is calculated as per total booking amount and not as per advance deposite