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TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English


Explore the religious devotion and sacred locations that make Varanasi tick on this full-day private tour. See the famous Vishwanath Temple, and other city shrines including the monkey temple, Sankat Mochan. Then, visit Sarnath, regarded as a birthplace of Buddhism, before an evening boat ride along the River Ganges to view the illuminated 'ghats' (riverside steps) and lanterns of the Ganga Aaarti ceremony.
  • Full-day Varanasi culture and Sarnath trip
  • View Varanasi’s main temples, including the Vishwanath Temple and Sankat Mochan monkey temple
  • Drive to Sarnath, where the Lord Buddha gave his first sermon
  • Opt to visit Sarnath Museum to see its ancient and medieval artefacts
  • See the lit-up 'ghats' (riverside steps) and Ganga Aarti ceremony on an evening River Ganges boat ride
  • Private transport, and hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Personalized attention from a private guide
Be greeted in traditional Indian style by your private guide at your Varanasi hotel, and then travel by climate-controlled vehicle to the city’s Vishwanath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva.

On route, hear about the 18th-century shrine, one of India’s most famous Hindu temples. Admire the gold-coated building, and uncover some of the Hindu beliefs that make it a magnet for thousands of pilgrims.

Next, see the Hindu Banaras University on route to Bharat Mata, nicknamed the 'Mother India Temple.'  Then, continue to two further shrines: the Durga Temple and Sankat Mochan, called for ‘Monkey Temple’ for its colonies of monkeys.

Following lunch at a local restaurant (own expense), drive to nearby Sarnath, a holy place of the Lord Buddha. Hear how Buddha gave his first sermon in this deer park in 528 BC, and opt to visit Sarnath Museum, where antiquities from India’s archaic, medieval, and Gupta periods are displayed.

Lastly, return to Varanasi and enjoy an early evening boat trip along the River Ganges. Admire the beautifully illuminated ghats and see the floating lamps of the enchanting Ganga Aarti ceremony from the water as you sail.

After your cruise, your tour finishes with a drop-off at your Varanasi hotel.
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