Multi-Day Tour

The Holy City of Varanasi (4 days)

Micato Safaris

Delhi, India To Delhi, India

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Dec 2018

The Holy City of Varanasi (4 days)

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Delhi, India
Gateway Ganges Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This morning we wing our way to Varanasi, India's most sacred city. At over 2,500 years old, it is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. It is a rare place where an ancient yet still thriving religious tradition is so incredibly accessible. Thousands of pilgrims visit Varanasi daily to take a dip in the holy waters of the Ganges, which in the Hindu religion is believed to wash away sins. We will stay at the Gateway Ganges set amidst 40 acres of lush green gardens, offering a haven of peace and tranquility from the bustling city. All rooms and suites are rich in color and textures decorated in luxurious Indian style. We visit the ghat at sunset, when the setting sun casts mystical shadows upon the darkening water, and the tiny sacred lamps that line the banks are ceremoniously lit.
Day 2
Delhi, India
Gateway Ganges Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We observe the holy rites on a boat ride at dawn on the river as devotees perform ritual sunrise baths and religious ceremonies, that have reamined throughout the centuires, in the pink and gold light. Afterwards, we return to the hotel for breakfast. Later this morning, we can even get an insider's view on how world-renowned crafts are made with a visit to an artisanal silk weaving workshop, as silk weaving originated in Varanasi, and the fabrics made on these looms are still second-to-none. We also visit an interesting temple dedicated to the Hindu deity, Hanuman. Then, we will visit the temple complex to get a fascinating insight into local life, beliefs and customs. Afterwards, Enjoy an afternoon at leisure. If you prefer, return to the ghats to experience the aarti ceremony once again - this time from a boat.
Day 3
Varanasi, India
N/a Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Continuing on our exploration, we visit Sarnath this morning-the religious centre where Buddha delivered his first speech after gaining enlightenment-and the Dharmekh Stupa-where Buddha delivered his first sermon. We also stop by the museum, which has a small but renowned collection of Buddhist and Brahmanist antiquities. This afternoon, your journey through this fascinating land draws to a close as you fly to Delhi. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to a hotel where a room has been reserved for you until departure. Later tonight, you return to the airport for your departure flight.
Day 4
Delhi, India
None None
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Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Sightseeing
  • Wildlife & Nature

Description

If a country can have a soul, India's is here, in this astonishing city on the banks of the sacred river Ganges. Varanasi is a nexus of Hinduism, simultaneously a religion and an everyday way of life.

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