Arrival in Varanasi, check-in to the hotel, and Evening Aarti at the Ganga River. Ganga Aarti is perhaps the most important event related to the holy river. It involves the chanting of hymns, fire, flowers, and more. The idea is to show gratitude and respect for the river and ask for its blessings.
Early Morning, step out for sunrise with a boat ride tour on the holy river Ganges(Ganga). This morning boat ride tour will give you the actual view of holy Varanasi, where you will see the morning rituals, and unique features of the various ghats you will pass along the way. The age-old morning traditions still practiced at the banks of the ghats of the Holy River Ganga can be witnessed.
Bathing in the Ganges is a purifying ritual that is thought to wash away a penitent’s sins. Post that visits the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, which is the most famous temple of Varanasi, also known as the Golden Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was constructed in the year 1780 by the Maratha Monarch, Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore. Once that’s done, proceed for the temple tour of Varanasi, Tulsi Manas Mandir – This temple has great historical and cultural importance in Hinduism since the ancient Hindu epic Ramcharitmanas was originally written at this place by Hindu poet-saint, reformer, and philosopher Tulsidas in the 16th century.
Durga temple is also known as the Monkey temple (because of the presence of an enormous number of monkeys), situated in the Durga Kund, Varanasi. The temple is dedicated to the Goddess Durga. It was built in the 18th century. The statue of Goddess Durga is not human-made; it appeared on its own in the temple. Millions of Hindu devotees go to the Durga temple on the Navratri and other auspicious occasions and pray to the Goddess Durga to complete their wishes.
It is believed that the temple has been built on the very spot where Tulsidas had a vision of Hanuman. This temple has the unique distinction of having Lord Hanuman facing his Lord Ram, whom he worshipped with selfless devotion.
Kaal Bhairav is believed to be the Kotwal (Chief police officer) of Creation; everyone who wants to exist in Creation(even if God) needs to take his permission to exist. He is also believed to be the Kotwal of “Sati pind” and without his permission, no one can touch the “Sati pind”. Kaal Bhairav protects the devotees from all problems. As per popular belief, Kaal Bhairav is considered the city’s protector. Return to hotel for breakfast.
In the afternoon, we will visit Sarnath, which is a Buddhist pilgrim spot located near Varanasi. The city is famous for being the first place where Lord Buddha preached for the first time after gaining enlightenment. Later, kings who followed Buddhism like King Ashoka built a lot of stupas and structures here that are focused on Buddhism. Buddhist pilgrims from various parts of the world visit Sarnath every year.
Sarnath is also famous for the Ashoka pillar, which is now the country’s national emblem. It is also a pilgrimage spot for Jains. Return to the hotel and in the evening, you will be taken to the Muslim weaver’s colony of the city. World-famous Banarasi Sarees and textiles and weaved here by hand. Overnight at Hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel and departure from the airport or Railway station.