A city as old as time itself. A city that has stayed in place and watched as the world has turned and the tides have changed. A city that has stood the test of time for thousands of years. In the words of Mark Twain, "Older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, And looks twice as old as all of them put together." Varanasi, the city that is more than just the spiritual capital of India. The city which can be aptly described as a melting pot where both life and death come together. The city that you only need to visit once for it to stay with you forever.
Varanasi is a very popular pilgrimage point for Hindus, and the older part of Varanasi, which has thrived on the banks of the river Ganga, is an integral part of the very infrastructure of the city, with thousands of people flocking there for salvation and purification. All chaos and noise on the ghats of Varanasi take a pause when the Ganga Aarti takes place in the evening, a ceremony of immense grandeur and opulence, with pandits lining up to perform rituals that are no less than a performance for the senses. The city in and around the ghats has a certain rhythm to it. Narrow maze-like lanes and by-lanes arouse instant intrigue and fascination, while the street art dotting the stretch alongside the ghats makes for a great outpouring of artistic expression. Varanasi also boasts of a marvelous architectural heritage, as can be seen in the scores of temples dotting the city.
Board your flight or train from New Delhi to Varanasi.Upon arrival at Varanasi guests are picked up from Airport (22km) / Railway Station (3km) and taken to the hotel.Freshen up get ready for the evening Ganga Aarti (Hindu ritual) at the Dasaswamedh Ghat or you can spend your evening at leisure enjoying the views of Ganga.Overnight stay at hotel.
Get up early in the morning go for a boat cruise on the sacred Ganga River and witness the daily rituals.Witness the long string of ghats (steps) that line the river, where locals practice yoga and Hindus perform morning prayers before bathing in the river to wash away their sins get free from the circle of rebirth.Return back to the hotel.Post breakfast discover the holy city of Varanasi, an important pilgrimage destination for Hindus for thousands of years.By visiting Bharat Mata temple, Kaashi Vishwanath Golden Temple, Museum of the Benaras Hindu University, Sankat Mochan Temple, visit the river ghats temples and Old City market.You can pick up souvenirs from the market.
After breakfast you will be taken to Allahabad.After 4 to 5 hours arrive at the Greatest King of all pilgrimages-Allahabad.Check in to your hotel,freshen up get ready to see the Sangam (Meeting point) of the three rivers - Ganga, Yamuna Saraswati.You can take a holy dip in triveni sangam.Here the Maha Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years which is a major Hindu festival.Later visit Bada Hanuman, Patalpuri,Anand bhawan and return to varanasi in evening.Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast at hotel proceed for airport/railway station.Guests will be dropped at railway station or airport according to the requirment.
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