When the name comes Varanasi in mind, two things which come spontaneously is colorful and spiritual. Varanasi is very famous for its Ghats lined on river Ganges. These Ghats are famous for bathing and burning bodies, which also denotes life and death together. Millions of travelers comes to Varanasi every year considering it the holiest place on this world. Peoples comes to Varanasi with different reasons, some come here for spiritual enlightenment and interaction, some come to get rid of their sins and some to take Varanasi tours. Best and ever lifetime experiences will come through in Varanasi’s old streets, exploring its neighborhood rural areas, by seeing the city thoroughly, after witnessing grand evening prayer ceremony and with a private sunrise boat ride in river Ganges.
This varanasi tour package for first timers is crafted for those tourists who are coming in this holy city for the very first time and want to see all highlights of Varanasi.
We have below Varanasi tours which is covered during Varanasi Full Day Tour –
Life of Varanasi resides near to river Ganges in Varanasi. Boating in river Ganges is a lifetime experience as this will captivate you with its mesmerising view of sun rays falling onto the holy water, a red sky in the east, people bathing in river Ganges and pouring water to rising sun, people doing Pranayam (A way of worship to rising sun through Yoga) and even more countless things.
It is said that taking a dip in the holy water of river Ganges will grant heaven after death. The most and spiritual Hindu texts suggest all Hindus to go to Varanasi in the last of their lives days.
Holiest in all rivers, Ganges used to be flowing in heaven only. Bringing this on earth said to be accredited by a great king called Bhagirath in ancient times. He brought river Ganga to earth in order to liberate his sixty thousands ancestors. River Ganga flowing was so powerful that Lord shiva has to hold her soften her flowing. Since only then, it become an opportunity for every Hindu to get rid of his sins by taking a bathe in it. Comes as best in Varanasi tours list, this is indeed the best experience in Varanasi.
For seeing most this mystical river and its surroundings, taking a private boat with a private and local guide is highly recommended.
Varanasi aarti ceremony :
Every evening after sunset a spectacular event take place on the bank of river Ganges. Growing popular day by day, this event stated 5 years back. In Hindu world almost every prayer ceremony is done privately, only this thanks giving aarti ceremony is done publicly and most uniquely. This devotional ritual is done with help of big brass lamps which are elevated with different materials, are hang in air and roams clock wise for almost 45 minutes.
This event start with a prayer sung by a group of pundits wearing saffron coloured Kurta (Upper portion) and white coloured shroud. Then the chanting begins followed by peoples chanting. Later to it, heavy weighted brass elevated lamps for brought, oiled and lighted, kept in hand in air by pundits and roamed clockwise in the air.
Best time for this is to reach at Ghat before sunset, hire a private rowing boat and a local guide and navigate first to cremation ground. See the cremation ritual and understand the logic, why a body is cremated and then come early to main Ghat to place your boat in a best position to see most of this prayer ceremony. Five different elevated lamps, with different chanting mantras, this ritual is performed. Later after this when it end the whole atmosphere become very silent. Crowd to participate in this ceremony is constant all through the years.
Our special suggestion to every visitors while taking this Varanasi tour is to leave a Diya (small lightened lamp) in river Ganges with a wish you want to ask from Goddess River Ganges. Irrespective to religion and class, wishes asked at this time come true for sure someday. This is recommended as best tours to do in Varanasi.
A place where from Buddhism started, Sarnath tour is a must take tour when you are in Varanasi. Located just 10 Kms away from Varanasi, Sarnath is the place where Budha gave his first sermon after he got enlightenment in Bodhgaya. Sarnath is out of those four Budhist pilgrimage sites, which was said by Budha hmself for a mandatory visit for every Buddhism religion followers, the other three destinations denoting different life accidents are Lumbini (Birth), Bodhgaya (enlightenment) and Kushinagar (Death).
The current name for Sarnath hides a story behind it. Sarnath word is derived from the word Saranganath, which means ‘’Lord of the Deer’’. In this there was king who wanted to kill a deer roaming in this place, Bodhisatava or a Budhism follower offered his life instead of deer to the King. King of this region got so impressed from him that he made this whole area a sanctuary for deer.
In 1836, at the time of excavations in Sarnath, many old relics and statues were found and restored in a museum which is being funded and taken care by UNESCO World Heritage organisation. People coming for Sarnath tour can see below things –
1) Dhamekh Stupa, a commemorative stupa and only of its kind whole in this world is must see thing if you are in Sarnath. Apart from this there are many of other kind of stupas are there such as votiv stupa, and relic stupas also can been seen there.
2) Mulagandhakuti Vihara, a place where Budha spent his first five rainy seasons in meditation.
3) Deer park is another site to visit in Sarnath. Located in the east of Mulagandhakuti Vihara, have many beautiful wall paintings and many animals in this reserved park.
4) Ashoka Pillar, survived even after Turkish attack but some part of it was broken at the time of excavation.
5) Sarnath Archaeological Museum contains the things was found in Sarnath excavations. This museum is taken care by Unesco World heritage sites, museum also has some of the greatest treasures of Indian Buddhist art, such as statues and images more than 250.
6) Buddha standing statues, is a very new attraction for those coming to Varanasi.
7) Garden of spiritual wisdom is another in the list of new attraction in Sarnath. A must recommend place to see for every tourist coming to Sarnath tour.
USD [$]: 160 Per Group up to 02 Persons. Any additional person will be charged USD 15 per/person.