You will be picked up from your hotel early in the morning and taken to the banks of the River Ganges where you will take a boat ride. Watch the sunrise and witness the morning rituals performed by the pilgrims on the riverside steps. Later continue on a walking tour of the adjoining lanes which almost always lead to a temple.
After breakfast drive down to the 100 year old Banaras Hindu University located on the outskirts of the city. Take a tour of the sprawling campus and visit the Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum, an art and archaeological museum located within the campus. Also within the campus is an exact replica of the original Vishwanath Temple.
Continue your drive to Mother India Temple, built in 1918. Instead of the traditional statues of Gods and Goddesses this temple has a huge marble relief map of the Indian subcontinent. You will also learn about the silk weaving traditions of Varanasi.
In the afternoon drive over to the town of Sarnath, located 6 miles out of Varanasi. It was in Sarnath that the Buddha delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. See the Dhamek Stupa and the Archaeological Museum there that has artefacts dating back to the 3rd century B.C.
As dusk approaches drive back to Varanasi and wind your way along the banks of the
River Ganges to get a glimpse of the spectacular Ganga Aarti. The whole atmosphere
reverberates with the chants and hymns that accompany the daily ritual of lighting
lamps and offering prayers to the River Ganges. As the prayer ends, people light up
small lamps and float them on the river.
At the end of the tour you will be dropped back at your hotel.