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Insight Varanasi Day Tour

This unique tour of Varanasi offers visitors an insider's look at local customs and traditions in one of the world's oldest living cities. Tour the Hindu and Buddhist sites with an expert guide, including the Ganga Ghats, where pilgrims come to absolve their sins and the Sarnath, where Buddha delivered his very first sermon.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 14 hours
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Varanasi Evening Aarti

Varanasi aarti or prayer ceremony is the biggest evening aarti ceremony in the whole Hindu world celebrated daily on river bank of the Ganga.Varanasi evening prayer ceremony also called aarti ceremony is a kind of Hindu way of worship, which is basically an event organised everyday to give thanks to river the Ganges. Normally a Hindu worship is done privately, but this worship (aarti) ceremony is done on the river bank of the Ganges openly, and publicly, it is only of its kind, therefore attracts thousands of people daily to witness it. This Hindu ritual of saying thanks is very unique and surreal, it started a few years ago but making its importance rapidly to the world. Almost 90% of the tourists who comes to Varanasi attend this prayer ceremony for sure. This grand event start time depend on sunset and therefore vary month-to-month, it goes for 45 minutes and is very engaging.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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3 Days Varanasi tour package for first timers

Spend three days exploring the essence of Varanasi in the company of a guide. You'll learn much more than you would simply wandering on your own, and the tour includes a variety of activities: a sunrise private boat tour, a visit to the cremation grounds, and a guided tour of the important Buddhist site of Sarnath, among others. Accommodation for two nights plus breakfast each day is included.
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  • 3 days
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  • 3 days
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Varanasi tour in one day

Explore India’s spiritual capital of Varanasi and learn about Hinduism on a private tour. Take a boat along the Ganges River and learn about why it's so sacred to Hindus. Visit the holy site of Sarnath, where Buddha gave his first sermon, followed by a guided walk of Varanasi’s old streets and alleys. Watch the sacred ritual of Aarti from the ghat or the water to conclude your tour.
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  • 12 to 14 hours
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  • 12 to 14 hours
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4- HOURS PRIVATE TOUR MORNING AARTI & BOAT RIDE WITH BREAKFAST

Varanasi is home to many ritual sites and sacred temples. Take a private morning tour of Varanasi and explore the various ghats that line the sacred Ganges River. Take a boat ride down the river and observe the morning aarti ritual before heading to a neverending cremation ceremony. This tour is a good way to learn more about the Hindu religion and culture in India's spiritual capital.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours

Varanasi Day Tour by Car - 1 to 3 Persons

The Varanasi Day Tour offers you to explore all major sites like Sarnath,Banaras Hindu University,Sankat Mochan Temple,Durga Temple,Tulsi Manas Temple
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours

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THE WALK THROUGH SARNATH - A QUEST WITHIN Varanasi in Japanese, by HopOn India

As you take the tour through HopOn India app you will walk on the very soil that the Buddha had walked. Sarnath is the place where the Buddha gave his first sermon.The most special features of this experience are : 1. The App opens up new places and new stories for you in the same old cities 2. Each walk is crafted like a masterpiece to offer an immersive experience to the traveller with the correct mix of history, culture, myth, food , through professional narration, with background scores of music, qawalli or sound affects, here and there 3. There is no need for you to depend on a guide - the traveller can take the walk anytime as per will, at his/ her own pace 4. The content is developed by domain experts and curated with utmost care, leaving no room for dependence on the guide's knowhow 5.You pay once for three months and need not pay the guide repeatedly. We will tell you the story of how Buddha spread his teachings and the full perspective of monuments and structure at Sarnath.
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  • 60 to 80 minutes
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  • 60 to 80 minutes

4-HOURS PRIVATE TOUR WALK THROUGH THE NARROW LANES WITH EVENING CEREMONY

Varanasi is found at extreme view by the ghats. Best sights & superbly photogenic scenes are viewed of the western bank of the river Ganga. This city is dedicated to Hindu diety lord Shiva, Lord Shiva is the destroyer of the Universe. Every hindu born on earth once in their life come to Varanasi and pray in the temple of lord Shiva.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours

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1 Day observing Varanasi Tour Package ( Same day Varanasi)

The shortest programme to cover the ciy of Varanasi in a short span of time. Start your morning with the blessings of the river Ganges and lord Shiva and end it again with thanking the holiest hindu River. In between visit the important places of worship in this city and also have a chance to talk about a different international philosoohy which is again a gift of India to the world.
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours
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Sarnath ( Varanasi ) , where Buddha preached his first sermon

Explore Sarnath , with your expert Tour guide trained by Archaeological Survey of India . Visit the archaeological site , know about Stupas , monasteries , Buddha & his philosophy , is very interesting to know how Hindus & Buddhists lived together for centuries . See the pilgrims & Buddhists Devout praying at Stupa . Later visit archaeological museum Know & learn about Buddhist sculptures. Here you will see some wonderful sculptures.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
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Tuk-Tuk Tours -Day Tour - 1 to 3 Persons

With tuk tuk tours, you get to see major sites of Varanasi such as Sarnath,Banaras Hindu University,Sankat Mochan Temple,Durga Temple,Tulsi Manas Temple
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours

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Sarnath Tour

The story of how a simple, yet profound, epiphany of an inquisitive explorer became the guiding light for 500 million people in today's world is a fascinating one. And what better place to relive the tale than where he himself set the wheel of Buddhism in motion about 2,500 years ago! Join us as we explore the ruins of the first Buddhist monastic system, the Dhameka Stupa where Buddha preached his first sermon, marvel at the gleaming Lion capital which is now India's national emblem and visits peaceful Buddhist temples. Connecting the dots at these places, we will also understand how a decadent Prince Siddhartha became the enlightened Buddha and used some fine entrepreneurial skills to spread his wisdom!
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Varanasi City Tour (3 Days)

Visit the spiritual capital of India the charming lands of Varanasi. Walk down the narrow yet lively lanes of Varanasi, visit the temple, explore the region’s life and culture, cremation grounds and the different ghats. With your every steps across this city, get acquainted with its sacredness, history and mythological linkages. Boat ride on Holy River and witness Ganga Aarti the auspicious event that fills the ambiance with its vibes and sacredness! Also visit Sarnath where lord Buddha delivered his first sermon after enlightenment along with world famous BHU University and Ramnagar Fort Palace & Museum.
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  • 3 days
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  • 3 days

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Varanasi City Tour with Sarnath (2 Days)

The 2 days trip to Varanasi and Sarnath will let you explore the most famous and sacred Ghats, Temples of Varanasi including Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple (Golden Temple), and you will also explore the Buddhist monuments, archeological sites at Sarnath. The trip includes 1 night accommodation, sightseeing, local English speaking guide, all transfers, and 1 breakfast at the hotel.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days

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Buddhist Tour

Buddhism is a religion and philosophy that developed from the teachings of the Buddha (Sanskrit “Awakened One”), a teacher who lived in northern India between the Mid-6th and mid-4th centuries BCE (Before the common Era). Preading from India to central and south last Aisa China, Korea and Japan, Buddhism, has played  a central role in the spiritual, cultural, and social life of Asia, and during the 20th century it spread to the west. Ancient scripture and doctrine developed in several closely related literary language of ancient India.They are known as Buddhists.Highlights • Sarnath (Dhamekh Stupa, the Chaukhandi Stupa and the Archaeological museum). • Bodhgaya- Mahabodhi Temple, Thai Temple and Bodhi Tree • Visit the ruins of Nalanda and Rajgir • Kushinagar- Mahaparinirvana Temple and Mukutbandhan Stupa • Lumbini- Birthplace of lord Buddha
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  • 7 days
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  • 7 days

6 HOURS PRIVATE FULL DAY SARNATH WITH EVENING AARTI

Get picked up from your centrally located hotel in Varanasi at 2:30 pm, this Varanasi day tour has one break in the afternoon tour will end in the evening after Ganga Aarti ends. Sarnath is a place 10 km distant from Varanasi city in the north east area Gautam Buddha deviered his first sermon of Dhmma and Buddhism came into existence. Later Emperor Ashoka established a number of stupas and monuments to spread Buddhism. Through stupas which are a house of relics, manuscripts and fascinating inscriptions. Ashoka depicted Indian history, development of Buddhism and provided the theories of Aliens who came to visit our planet. A visit to Sarnath takes half a day Chuuknadi stupas fascinates the visitors with its baeuty and grace. Several animals and birds are also the matter of attraction in Sarnath zoo.Highlights• Visit Buddha temple, stupas and monuments.• Witness the fasciation of Sarnath Chaukhandi stupa & Dhammekha Stupa• Visit to Evening Ganga Aarti
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

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2 Night 3 Days Experience Varanasi Tour

The tour is for the people who are traveling to have a real experience of the city with ample time to relax and absorb the atmosphere here in this oldest living city.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 days
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Varanasi tour in 3 days

Extremely delightful and totally affordable, this Varanasi tour package gives the real essence of this beautiful place. Tourists have highly rated this tour and it includes many exciting activities. The city’s secrets are unrivaled in a beautiful way and the true sense of India’s spirituality comes to light. From taking blessings from the sacred temples to bathing in the holy water, it is a life-changing experience.Highlights :  • Guided sunrise private boat tour • Guided visit to cremation ground • Guided Sarnath and city tour  • Guided visit to Ghat to witness prayer [Aarti ceremony] followed by releasing candle ritual in water  • Walk tour through Asia's largest spice market, flower market, famous food street • Accommodation in a 5 Star Hotel with daily complimentary breakfast 
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 days
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PRIVATE FULL DAY SARNATH WITH EVENING AARTI

Sarnath is a place 10 km distant from Varanasi city in the north east area Gautam Buddha deviered his first sermon of Dhmma and Buddhism came into existence. Later Emperor Ashoka established a number of stupas and monuments to spread Buddhism. Through stupas which are a house of relics, manuscripts and fascinating inscriptions. Ashoka depicted Indian history, development of Buddhism and provided the theories of Aliens who came to visit our planet. A visit to Sarnath takes half a day Chuuknadi stupas fascinates the visitors with its baeuty and grace. Several animals and birds are also the matter of attraction in Sarnath zoo. Some other from other countries are also the place to worth visit.Highlights : • Visit Buddha temple, stupas and monuments. • Witness the fasciation of Sarnath Chaukhandi stupa & Dhammekha Stupa • Visit to Sarnath museum • Visit to Evening Ganga Aarti
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

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Varanasi-city of Ganges, same day visit

A crumbling maze of a city that rises from the ghats (steps) on the western banks of the Ganges, Varanasi is in many senses the quintessential India. With an ancient history -- Mark Twain famously described it as "older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together" -- it is also one of the most sacred cities in the world today. Kashi, or "City of Light, where the eternal light of Shiva intersects the earth," as Varanasi is seen by devotees, is the holiest of Indian pilgrimages, home of Shiva, where the devout come to wash away their sins. Earliest accounts of the city go back 8,000 years, and "the city of learning and burning," as it is affectionately referred to, has attracted pilgrims from time immemorial, not all of them Hindu -- even Buddha visited here in 500 B.C. after he achieved enlightenment, sharing his wisdom at nearby Sarnath.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Guide Varanasi tours

I provide immersive experiences in knowledge, history, enthusiasm, happiness, spirituality, music, dance, Aryuveda, affection and unmitigated joy! You can feel this from early morning until late evening in our time together. In general, there are four significant sightseeing experiences that most tourists to Varanasi anticipate: 1) Evening Aarti, also known as an evening ceremony full of chanting mantras, lights and sacred music; 2) The Morning Boat Trip at sunrise to see life on the ghats unfolding in a beautiful way; 3) A Heritage Walk 4) A Trip to Sarnath, just outside Varanasi and one of Buddhism's most revered sites.We will have many conversations on our tours over cups of fragrant Masala chai. You will come to see the tenderness with which Life and Death are embraced in my beloved city. I am a fully licensed Tour Guide through the Government of India, Ministry of Tourism and Culture. I
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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THE WALK THROUGH SARNATH - A QUEST WITHIN Varanasi by HopOn India

As you take the tour through HopOn India app you will walk on the very soil that the Buddha had walked. Sarnath is the place where the Buddha gave his first sermon.The most special features of this experience are : 1. The App opens up new places and new stories for you in the same old cities 2. Each walk is crafted like a masterpiece to offer an immersive experience to the traveller with the correct mix of history, culture, myth, food , through professional narration, with background scores of music, qawalli or sound affects, here and there 3. There is no need for you to depend on a guide - the traveller can take the walk anytime as per will, at his/ her own pace 4. The content is developed by domain experts and curated with utmost care, leaving no room for dependence on the guide's knowhow 5.You pay once for three months and need not pay the guide repeatedly. We will tell you the story of how Buddha spread his teachings and the full perspective of monuments and structure at Sarnath.
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  • 60 to 80 minutes
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  • 60 to 80 minutes

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Varanasi Special 3 days Tour

aranasi presents a unique combination of physical, metaphysical and supernatural elements. According to the Hindu mythology, Varanasi liberates soul from human body to the ultimate. It is the Ganga Ghats of Varanasi that complement the concept of divinity. The Ganga Ghats at Varanasi are full of pilgrims who flock to the place to take a dip in the holy Ganges, which is believed to absolve one from all sins.Day 1: AartiBe picked-up at the airport or railway station and check in to hotel. In the evening, experience the Hindu ritual Aarti. Aartis also refer to the songs sung in praise of the deity, when offering of lamps is being offered. Hindus in India worship the river Ganges as goddess. Every evening in Varanasi, aarti is performed at the Dashashwamedh ghat. We can watch it from the Ghat or from the waterside in a boat. It is a beautiful, resonant, and majestic spectacle
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  • 3 days
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  • 3 days
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