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  2. Uttar Pradesh
  3. Varanasi
  4. Day Trips

Varanasi Full-Day Private Tour with Sarnath and Ganga Aarti

Product ID: 110335
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Touted as the cultural capital of India, Varanasi is a picturesque city located on the western banks of the Yamuna river. This beautiful river has carried the legacy of Indian tradition and culture for centuries.
About this activity
Duration 10 hours
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Pickup included

Pick-up from your hotel lobby
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Watch people taking holy dips in the Ganges and executing worshipping rituals on the ghats
  • Visit the place where Gautama Buddha attained spiritual enlightenment
  • Explore the legacy of Indian tradition and culture
Full description
After breakfast, you'll be picked up from your hotel and driven to Sarnath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is hailed as one of the holiest Buddhist places in India and the place where Gautama Buddha, after attaining spiritual enlightenment, delivered his first sermons and claimed the place as an important pilgrimage site for his followers.

Here, you'll first visit Chaukhandi Stupa, which is an elevated structure surrounded by octagonal towers. It's the gateway to Sarnath and adorned by lush green lawns from all sides. Then, you'll see Dhamek Stupa, a remarkable structure built of stone and brick. This cylindrical pillar is engraved with delicate floral carvings of Gupta origin. After this you'll visit Mulagandha Kuti Vihar, a modern temple encasing unrivalled frescoes by a Japanese painter and a rich repository of Buddhist literature. Later you will be taken to visit the Sarnath Museum. This is an expansive museum that houses the finest specimens of Buddhist art and culture. 

Afterwards, you can enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting some famous temples and many other marvellous holy structures. In the evening, you will get to witness the ritualistic rites held every night on the banks of the Ganges, before being taken back to your hotel.
Includes
  • Sightseeing by private, air-conditioned car
  • Services of an English-speaking local guide
  • Entry fees to all mentioned monuments
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • All taxes and service charges
What’s Not Included
  • Expenses arising out of circumstances beyond the suppliers control, for example extreme weather conditions/flight cancellations
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Product ID: 110335