Varanasi sightseeing tour- Delhi (by air)- Departure
Early in the morning, you will depart for a boat trip along the banks of the Ganges. Later we return to the hotel to have breakfast.
Varanasi, the city of Lord Shiva , is one of the most sacred cities of India. The Hindu pilgrims come to wash their peaches there in the Ganges, or even die there in order to realize the Moksha , break from the cycle of rebirths. Varanasi, once called Kashi (City of Light) and Benares, is the heart of the Hindu universe, a place of passage between the physical and spiritual worlds. The Ganges, a river of salvation with permanent flow, is an eternal symbol of hope for past, present and future generations.
Varanasi has been a center of education and civilization for more than 2000 years and is one of the oldest cities in the world. Mark Twain wrote thus: ' Benares is older than history, older than tradition, even older than legend; It seems twice as old as all this combined. '
Its history goes back to 1400 BC, but the city became important in the eighth century when Shankaracharya , a reformer of Hinduism, made the cult of Shiva the main Hindu sect. The Afghans destroyed Varanasi around 1300 AD, after ransacking Sarnath, then despicable Mughal ruler Aurangzeb, surpassing his predecessors, pillaged and razed practically all the temples. Despite the antique aspect of the old town, few buildings date back more than two centuries.
Now, proceed to visit famous temples of Varanasi. Though the temples of Varanasi are very famous and garner unfathomable faith but their antiquity is not as old as is claimed. Though the city of Varanasi is one of the oldest living city of the world but the temples are not as old. The ancient temples were razed by the Muslim invaders out of religious zeal and hatred, so the existing temples can be considered as of newer origin. The holy temples of Varanasi are amongst the most visited temples in India. Situated on the banks of holy river Ganges, Varanasi temples add to the religious value to Ganges.
The famous temples of Varanasi are Kashi Vishwanath temple, Durga temple, Sankat Mochan temple, Tulsi Manas temple and New Vishwanath temple. Also visit Benares Hindu University (B.H.U.). Tulsi Manas temple, built in 1964, stands adjacent to Durga Temple. The Tulsi Manas temple, dedicated to Lord Rama, is situated at the place where great poet and seer Tulsidas lived and wrote the great epic "Shri Ram Charit Manas".
After completing the sightseeing tour of Varanasi, drive to Varanasi airport to board flight for Delhi. On arrival at Delhi airport, internally change the terminal to board international flight for your onward destination. Golden Triangle with Varanasi Tour ends here.