Fly IndiGo Airlines flight 6E 308 Delhi / Varanasi (0855/1015). Varanasi, also known as Kashi - the City of Light, India's holiest Hindu city with a spiritual and religious legacy that goes back nearly 3000 years. Sanctified by Shiva’s all-pervading presence and the sacred Ganges, the 90 or so ghats along the river define the life and identity of Varanasi. Lined with temples and shrines they reverberate with the endless cycle of Hindu religious practice - from daily rituals to profound rites of passage. Arrive Varanasi and transfer The Gateway Hotel Ganges, located in the Nadesar Palace grounds in 40 acres of greenery. In the afternoon drive 6 miles northeast of Varanasi to visit Sarnath, where in the 6th century BC Siddhartha Gautama – who came to be known as the Buddha, the "Awakened One" - gave his first sermon and set in motion the Wheel of Law. Also visit the Archaeological museum that exhibits a superb collection of Buddhist artefacts including the Ashokan lion capital in polished sandstone, India’s national emblem. In the evening visit the Ghats and watch Ganga Aarti, a much awaited daily ritual, where the river Ganga is propitiated for all the bounty that she bestows on the Indian plains. The Ghats along the banks of the river Ganga look breathtakingly beautiful as earthen lamps and marigold flowers illuminate the holy waters. (The Gateway Hotel Ganges).
Stretched along the crescent of the holy river Ganga born in heaven and descended to earth - Varanasi's waterfront is dominated by "landings" where pilgrims come for their daily ritual ablutions. Early morning enjoy boat cruise on the River Ganges. Also visit Vishwanath Temple and walk through the old bazaars. Return to your hotel for breakfast. Later transfer to the airport in time for IndiGo Airlines flight 6E 481 Varanasi / Delhi (1500/1625).
Itinerary can be changed during the tour due to operational reasons. No refund will be given in the event that some part of the tour has to be forgone due to bad weather, local conditions, political reasons