The three day tour takes you to visit Sarnath and Varanasi, two cities tracing their roots to ancient history and holy sites for the Buddhists and Hindus. You will be picked up from the airport and taken for a half day city tour that will initiate you to its various sights, sounds, colours; and its rich cultural legacy, the world-famous Banarasi silk and its varied culinary delights. In the evenings, proceed to the ghats to view the aarti with lit earthen lamps on leaves decorated with flowers are let to float in the river with the resounding cymbals and prayers creating an awe-inspiring mystical experience. You will next proceed to Sarnath, where Buddha is believed to have given his first sermon under the Bodhi tree, after attaining enlightenment.
Day – 1 (New Delhi – Varanasi)
Morning board flight to Varanasi. On arrival in Varanasi, meet and transfer to your pre-booked hotel. Late afternoon go for short city tour of Varanasi followed by evening boat ride in Ganges and witness Aarti (prayer)
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. It is also one of the holiest tirthas (literally a “crossing” or sacred place where mortals can cross over to the divine, or the gods and goddesses come to bathe on earth), where many return to die in the hope that they may achieve moksha, the salvation of the soul from the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth.
Day – 2 (Varanasi- Sarnath- Varanasi)
Morning boat cruise at the river Ganges to observe the way of life of pilgrims by the Ghats. Later excursion to Sarnath, 10 kms. East of Varanasi, is one of the Buddhism’s major centers of India. After attaining enlightenment, the Buddha came to Sarnath where he gave his first sermon. Visit the deer park and the museum and later back to Varanasi. Night stay in Varanasi.
Day – 3 (Varanasi- New Delhi)
Morning after breakfast at leisure in your hotel. Later transfer to Varanasi airport on time to board return flight to New Delhi. [Apparently there is direct flight available to Mumbai too Ex Varanasi]
Note– In case you don’t have 2 nights in hand we can work out an overnighter package tour too on request.
Direct flight options [New Delhi to Varanasi]
SpiceJet # SG-116 || 09:35/ 11:00 || Aircraft used- Airbus A320 ||
JetKonnect # 9W-2423 || 10:40/ 11:55 || Aircraft used- ATR 70 ||
Air India # AI-406 || 10:30/ 11:45 || Aircraft used- Airbus A319 ||
Direct flight options [Varanasi to New Delhi]
SpiceJet # SG-119 || 15:35/ 16:55 || Aircraft used- Airbus A320 ||
JetKonnect # 9W-2424|| 15:10/ 16:35 || Aircraft used- ATR 70 ||
Air India AI-433 || 17:10/ 18:25 || Aircraft used- Airbus A319 ||
Note on airfare
The domestic airlines in India do have dynamic fare which keeps on changing based on availability of fare level at the time of reservation. There is no system of hold seat but follow an instant purchase rule
- All transfer & sightseeing by proposed car with excellent chauffeur
- Stay on twin sharing basis in the proposed hotels/ similar
- English speaking local guide during sightseeing tour
- Morning boat ride in Ganges
- Packaged drinking water in the Car/ Van
- All presently applicable taxes
- Entrance fee in monuments is not included in the package price worth INR 700 Per Person
- The sightseeing tour timing is flexible and fully based on guests request
- The package is priced on base category room in the mentioned hotels. In case of non availability of base category room may impact on the package price