Varanasi Tour- 2N/3D
Varanasi/Kashi is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend & looks twice as old as all of them put together, said the famous American writer after visiting Varanasi in the late 19th century. Varanasi is among the oldest continuously lived in cities in the world. Also known as Benares, Banaras, or Kashi, it is the sacred of all Indian pilgrim cities. Hindus believe Varanasi was estd by Lord Shiva, & archeological finding have revealed that Vedic people lived here in the 11th or 12th century BCE. Parshva, the 23rd Jain Tirthankara is also supposed to have lived here around 8th century BC. Gautama Buddha started Buddhism here in 528 BCE, when he gave his first preaching at Sarnath, just 10 km away. In 8th century, Adi Shankara declare Lord Shiva as the official deity of the city. After the decline of the Mauryan Empire, the city went into a spate of destruction and decline after the Muslim invaders took over power in Delhi in 12th century. In the 300 yrs that followed hundreds of temples in & around the city of Varanasi was destroyed. The only consolation was that despite all the suppression of Hinduism, the city continued to be a great cultural centre for religious and education purpose. The Bhakti movement was born in Varanasi, so was Tulsidas, who wrote the Ramcharitramanas here, Kabir and Ravidas. Varanasi, experienced a revival of some sorts in the 16th century under Emperor Akbar who had some of the temples rebuilt, but it was only in the late 18th century when the city came under the influence of the of the Bhumihars & the Marathas that modern Varanasi was built. The first Sanskrit college was founded by the British in 1791 & Annie Besant estd the Central Hindu College here in 1898, which later became part of the famous Benaras Hindu University, set up in 1916. Varanasi is among the most visited tourist (Indian & Foreigner) cities in the country these days. It continues to be an important centre of learning, philosophy, yoga, Ayurveda, astrology, music & literature. Among the more popular tourist places include the various temples & 80-100 or so ghats of various sizes that dot the banks of the Ganga. Visitors also make a quick trip to Sarnath, which is just 10kms away by road, where Gautama Buddha first taught Dharma.
Day 01: Varanasi / Kashi
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 will 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 at Hotel.
Day 02: Varanasi Local
In early morning one can choose to take subah-e-benaras(Sunrise of Varanasi) boat trip(optional) to enjoy the sunrise and also see historical ghats of Varanasi. In the boat trip one can understand tradition, culture of kashi. Later visit to Vishwanath temple, Annapurna devi, Vishalakshi devi, Sankat mochan, durga kund, manas temple and Birla temple - BHU and in afternoon visit Sarnath is the place where Lord Buddha had preached his sermon/dharma to his first five disciples after attaining enlightenment. In Sarnath visit Dhamek Stupa - most visited and known as most important Buddhist shrine in the world. Later also visit museum, Thai temple, Main temple.Overnight in Varanasi.
Day 03: Varanasi Tour Ends
All stay in mentioned or similar hotels
Sharing on Double/Twins
Welcome drink (non alcoholic) on arrival.
Indian / America Breakfast.
Free Use of All Recreational Facilities available at Hotels
Local Sightseeing by Air-conditioned Private car.
Pick up & Drop in Pvt Car.
4.5% GST (Govt. Service Tax)
Meals Not Mentioned In The Itinerary
Entry Fees To Monuments And Palaces.
Anything Not Mentioned In The Inclusions.
Porterage At Hotels And Airports, Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Liquors, Wine, Etc.
All Items Of Personal Nature.
Any Cost Arising Due To Natural Calamities Like Landslides, Roadblocks, Etc.
Any Increase In Taxes Or Fuel Leading To An Increase In Surface Transport.
Mandatory X- Mas / New Year Eve Supplementary Charges , That Should Be Paid By The Guest Directly To The Hotels Concerned..
|City Name||Luxury (5* Deluxe)||Royal (5*)||Classic (4*)||Jewel (3* - 4* & Heritage)|
Economy (2* Moderate
|Varanasi||Nadesar Palace||Radisson / JHV Ramada||Hindustan International / Ideal Tower/ Surya / Rashmi guest house||Meraden Grand /Citi inn / Heritage Inn||Welcome inn/ Hotel Prakash Palace/Hotel Pratap Palace|