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Varanasi Heritage City Tour

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Whether it's half day or a full day, this tour will undoubtedly take you to some of the most vital points in Varanasi where you'll discover the true depth of its cultural roots and history. With the help of your English speaking guide, you'll first be conveyed to Ramnagar Fort, a famous sandstone fort of beautifully designed architecture; Shastri Home, home of one of the most famous figures in local history; and the Manikarnika Ghat, which is a river mouth dedicated to to where Mata Sati's ear ornament has fallen. Each one of these sites have a long history behind them that your guide will tell you about. Afterwards, you'll have a spiritual journey as you visit three famous religious sites of the area, the Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple and the Shri Durga Temple, and the Gyan Kapur well. Learn about the deities celebrated in each of the temples and the story behind the famous well which locals believe will lead you to a higher spiritual plane. After this, you will offer some prayers at the Alamgir Mosque, adjacent to the sacred River Ganges, with its dazzling Hindu and Mughal styles of architecture. You'll get to taste some local delicacies on your break before you visit the Tomb of Lal Khan, the final resting place of a Mughal noble, and you'll learn about his life and history. Should your preferred tour be the full day, you'll continue on to see the Bharat Kala Bhawan, a rich art and archaeological museum, as well as St Mary's Cathedral, which is frequently called an architectural wonder from 1854. This is followed by a delicious lunch at one of the favorite dining establishments, frequented by locals. Then you'll head to Banaras Hindu University, a highly prestigious institution in the area. From here, you'll be able to walk around to see the famous Ghasts of the Banaras, see the locals celebrating rituals and customs on them, and even attend the Ganga Aarti, a truly life-changing vision as dusk descends upon the city. Watching this breathtaking spiritual ritual performed on the banks of the river is the perfect way to end a day discovering the cultural richness of Varanasi.
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Enjoy a truly authentic cultural experience touring Varanasi as you hop onto a pedal rickshaw with your English speaking guide. Upon meeting your guide, you'll get on the pedal rickshaw and head to Kunj Gali, a truly diverse marketplace and one of the oldest in the city. Full of items, from textiles to spices and more, it's a colorful sight to see and experience first hand, with the bustle of people surrounding you. Then it's time for a treat: you head through Kachori Gali and try the hot Kachodis, which a highly popular stuffed pastry that's deep fried, with a savory sauce to go with it. Through an exploration of the Kalika and Vishwanath Galli areas, you'll see a multitude of enterprises, small shops selling all sorts of items. It's a charming local business district in and of itself, letting you see how daily life happens. You then head to the Manikarnika Ghat, a majestic set of steps leading down to the sacred River Ganges, where you can observe the locals at worship or performing traditional rituals. Then it's time to observe some incredible architecture, such as the St. Thomas Church, and the fascinating Jantar Mantar, which is a set of old astronomical tools. Your tour will round off with you getting to watch the local rituals at the Dashwamedh Ghat, where you'll get a real feel of local spirituality. It's the perfect way to spend a morning or afternoon learning the very heart and soul of Varanasi.
US$ 13.59
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Embark on a journey to one of the most sacred places in India - the city of Varanasi. Revered as one of the oldest living cities in the world, experience the rich culture and history surrounding the city that marked its importance in Hinduism and Jainism. Witness the breathtaking sunrise on the the horizon as it radiates its light amongst the colorful buildings, ashrams, and cityscape along the Ganges River. As the sun rises in Varanasi, you will be experiencing 1 of the 5 rituals performed for the worship of the sacred Ganges River called the Ganga Aarti. See groups of young pandits, Brahmins and sadhus, draped in saffron robes waving incense sticks or holding large flaming lamps while exerting intricate and extravagant movements and emitting devotional chants and hymns. After encountering the sacred performance, enjoy a morning boat ride around the Ghats of the city and marvel at its mesmerizing views. Cap off your spiritual adventure with a casual stroll along the various Ghats of Varanasi to complete your visit to India’s most divine city.
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Embark on a spiritual journey to one of the most sacred places in India - the city of Varanasi. Revered as one of the oldest living cities in the world, experience the rich culture and history surrounding the city that marked its importance in Hinduism and Jainism. Witness the breathtaking sun rising and setting in the the horizon radiating its beauty amongst the colorful buildings, ashrams, and cityscape along the Ganges River. As the sun sets and rises in Varanasi, you will be experiencing 1 of the 5 rituals performed for the worship of the sacred Ganges River called the Ganga Aarti. See groups of young pandits, Brahmins and sadhus, draped in saffron robes waving incense sticks or holding large flaming lamps while exerting intricate and extravagant movements and emitting devotional chants and hymns. After encountering the sacred performance, enjoy a scenic boat ride around Manikarnika Ghat and marvel at the city’s mesmerizing views. Cap off your spiritual adventure with a casual stroll along the various Ghats of Varanasi. Experience a one-of-a-kind discovery and re-discovery of one’s spiritual being by visiting Varanasi, the most divine place in India.
US$ 13.59
US$ 11.89
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Take on a spiritual journey to one of the most sacred places in India - the city of Varanasi. Revered as one of the oldest living cities in the world, experience the rich culture that has been carried over centuries. Begin your quest to find solace with a convenient pick up service from your hotel in Agra inside the vehicle size of your choice and you’ll be ready to set off to your first stop at Sarnath. Visit the sacred place where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon after his enlightenment and head over to nearby landmarks such as the Dhamek Stupa, Chaukhandi Stupa, Jain temple, Buddha temple, Sarnath museum, Ashok Pillar, and Deer park before discovering the city of Varanasi further. Head over to Banaras Hindu University to see the new Vishwanath temple and pay a visit to various temples including Sankat Mochan, Tulsi Manas, Durga, Tridev and Kaudi Mata right after. As the sun sets in the city, you will be experiencing 1 of the 5 rituals performed for the worship of the sacred Ganges River called the Ganga Aarti at the Dasaswamedh Ghat. Cap off your full day tour as you watch groups of young pandits, Brahmins and sadhus, draped in saffron robes waving incense sticks or holding large flaming lamps while exerting intricate and extravagant movements and emitting devotional chants and hymns. Experience a one-of-a-kind discovery and re-discovery of one’s spiritual being by visiting Varanasi, the most divine place in India.
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There is a reason that travelers come to Varanasi, and it's to experience the rich spiritual culture that resides in the city. Your English-speaking guide will take you on an unforgettable tour of the most noteworthy temples and spiritual sites in the area. Upon meeting your guide, you first head to the local Shiva Temple in order to offer prayers. Called the Kashi Vishvanath Temple, this temple stands at the holy river Ganga, and one of the holiest of India's Shiva temples. This is followed by a visit to another temple, the Mini Khajuraho. This very old and beautiful temple is famous for the incredible woodwork made by highly skilled craftsmen. From here you'll visit the oldest buildings around Varanasi, marveling at their architecture and hearing colorful history behind them and the people who had lived within them. Your walk will takr you to Manikarnika Ghat, one of the holiest of the riverfronts along the sacred Ganga River. Believed to be where human souls are saved, elderly individuals all over India make a pilgrimage to this holy temple in order to spend the last of their days taking in the blessings of the ghat. You next head to the Man Singh Observatory, built in the 1700s with incredible views of the river from its vantage point. You get time to shop, if you prefer, after this stop, as you head to a local traditional market, the Old Kashi. It's a great place to buy some local wares, mementos, and more. Your tour ends with a prayer for life, as you head to Lolark Sasthi, where hundreds of thousands of female devotees visit the pond and immerse themselves into a sacred pond. The waters, it is believed, will help a woman conceive. It's the perfect end to a cultural tour that maps out life in Varanasi.
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