Brace yourself. You're about to enter one of the most blindingly colourful, unrelentingly chaotic and unapologetically indiscreet places on earth. Varanasi takes no prisoners. But if you're ready for it, this may just turn out to be your favourite stop of all.
Here is how you will spend your time
Day 1: Arrival At Varanasi Airport / Railway Station
After breakfast, assisted transfer to the airport to board your flight to Varanasi: Varanasi is the religious center of Hindu religion. Situated on the banks of the holy river Ganges, Varanasi is considered to be among the oldest living cities of the world and has been a center of learning and civilization for centuries. Varanasi holds special significance in the lives of the Indian people. Every year hundreds of thousands of Travel to Varanasi with an open mind and see what faith can do to people and what their devotion to god leads them to achieve. Look beyond the poverty into the eyes of the people and you will see a sense of enlightenment and peace that their belief in a god has given them. Varanasi is a unique city that vibrates with cosmic forces beyond comprehension. On arrival in Varanasi, transfer to your hotel. In the evening, you will return to the Ganges to witness the Aarti ceremony.
Day 2: Varanasi
Early this morning leave your hotel around 5:30 for an early morning sunrise boat excursion on the holy River Ganges. See Varanasi come alive along the banks of the river. See people bathing in the holy water and worshiping the rising sun. Witness the conclusion of life at the river bank holy cremation grounds. It is believed if you die in Varanasi you go straight to heaven. Varanasi will be one of the most extraordinary experiences of your visit to India. On return, visit the bazaars and Kashi Vishwanath Temple - a sacred shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. Afterwards return to your hotel for breakfast. Afternoon proceed for half day excursion to Sarnath, which is around 10 Kms. from the center of the city. Sarnath symbolizes the birth of Buddhism. It was here that Buddha revealed his doctrine and founded his monastic community. The museum at Sarnath (closed on Mondays) is amongst the most important in India and contains carvings representing a whole range of styles archaic, the Mathura School, Gupta, past Gupta and Medieval covering work of sculptors from the 3rd century B.C. to the 12th century A.D. Also seen here is the original lion’s heads from the Asoka Pillar, which form the symbol of the Indian republic.