VARANASI TEMPLE TOUR PACKAGE
Duration : 2 Nights / 3 Days
Upon your arrival in Varanasi, you will meet our representative/driver at the airport who will take you to your pre booked hotel. On arrival, check in at your pre booked hotel. Today, enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of Varanasi. Visit the Banaras Hindu University, the largest residential university in Asia, a center of Sanskrit, Indian art, culture, and music. Visit the Kashi Vishwanath temple, on the western bank of the Ganges. It is the center of faith for millions of Hindus. The Jyotirlinga of Shiva, Vishweshwara or Vishwanatha, is enshrined here.
Visit the numerous ghats along the bank of the Ganges by boat, presenting a varied scene from dawn to dusk. There are five important ghats in Varanasi where pilgrims flock to take a bath- The Assi, Dasawamedha, Barnasangam, Panchganga, and Manikarnika. Later, witness the evening aarti or prayer ceremony on the banks of the Ganga… it is truly a sublime experience. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Today, enjoy a full day excursion to Sarnath. Sarnath is located eight km from Varanasi, and is famous as the place where the Buddha first preached his message after attaining nirvana. Visit the Dhamek Stupa… believed to have been built in 500 AD, this stupa is the largest in the region, and marks the spot where the Buddha proclaimed his faith in front of his first five followers. The main excavation site in Sarnath is a vast expanse of low-lying structures, showing various facets of Buddhist history. The earliest and most important relic is found here is the Ashoka pillar, erected in 250 BC. Four lions representing the spirit of India sit back to back with a wheel between them. This symbol has been adopted as the national emblem of modern India. Visit the Sarnath Archaeological Museum, where the original piece is displayed. The dilapidated remains of the Choukhandi Stupa can be seen in Sarnath. Standing on a terraced rectangular plinth, the Stupa is capped by an incongruous octagonal Mughal tower built by Emperor Akbar to commemorate his father’s visit to the place. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Early morning, visit the Durga Temple, dedicated to Goddess Durga. The Durga temple was built in the eighteenth century by a Bengali Maharani. It is stained red with ochre and has a multi-tiered shikhara. The Durga temple is also called Monkey temple because of the presence of large number of monkeys.Later, you will be transferred to Varanasi airport for your onward journey.