Varanasi city tour
After early morning breakfast, proceed on ghats & temples tour of Varanasi. The Varanasi tour guide will receive you in hotel lobby and take you to the ghats of Varanasi.
A morning boat ride in river Ganges along the ghats will help you understand and feel the importance of the Ganges for a Hindu. You will be a witness to various traditional religious practices and rituals, being performed as part of daily routine by the Hindus. Many facets of Hindu religion and way of life will unfold before you. The 7 kms arc that emerges out of more than 100 ghats on the western side of the Ganges, proffers an amazing view of enchanting sunrise and morning of Kashi (City of Lights- as Varanasi is called).
After morning boat ride in the Ganges, return to Varanasi hotel to refresh, relax and have breakfast. Having relaxed a bit,
proceed on for Sarnath. Sarnath, about 13 kms from Varanasi city, has been a major centre of Buddhist learning, philosophy and religion.
Lord Buddha, after attaining Supreme Knowledge at Bodh Gaya, delivered his first sermon in Sarnath. Owing to this, Sarnath is one of the most
prominent Buddhist pilgrimages. There was a huge monastery in Sarnath but that had been razed by intolerant Muslim invaders. The debris and
a large stupa have been preserved here by Archaeological Department of India. There is a nice museum having the finely sculptured statues.
Sarnath is credited with one of the Asokan Pillars as well. Sarnath's destruction and degradation was complete and remained so until the mid
nineteenth century, when excavation was begun and continued, under the impetus of Lord Curzon, in the twentieth century.
After visiting Buddhist monastery and museum, drive to a nearby Tibetan Buddhist temple. Enjoy colourful monastery of Tibetan Buddhists.
Hereinafter, return to city of Varanasi to have lunch in a nice restaurant of Varanasi. Now, after Sarnath tour, you will be taken on
Varanasi temple tour. Varanasi is famous for its narrow alleys. Roaming through these alleys offers a distinctly unforgettable lifetime
experience of exotic India. In order to visit Kashi Vishwanath temple, you will have to pass through these narrow lanes. The Golden
Vishwanath Temple is the most sacred temple in Varanasi and every Hindu pilgrim visits it. Visiting the temple will unfold many aspects
of spiritual and religious India. There are many other temples of significance in Varanasi like Vishwanath Temple in Benares Hindu University,
Sankat Mochan Temple and Bharat Mata Temple. Bharat Mata temple is unique in the sense that it embodies undivided cultural India. Having seen
major tourist attractions of Varanasi, return to Varanasi hotel for overnight stay.