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Varanasi City Tour

Varanasi City Tour

Introduction
From being at its commanding position on the River Ganga (Ganges), the City of Varanasi has witnessed the entire history of Indian Civilization as it evolved in North India. Here, the great sages have propounded their philosophies; great reformers have come here to see the human life in various new different forms. Yogis and Ascetics have made their retreats and hermitages here. All the Hindu Gods have emerged from the shadows into Bold Relief, as people have come to understand them, have seen their faces and have created their multi form images. Varanasi presents a unique combination of physical, metaphysical and supernatural elements. According to the Hindu mythology, Varanasi liberates soul from human body to the ultimate. It is the Ganga Ghats of Varanasi that complement the concept of divinity. The river Ganges is the most holy river in Hinduism and is worshiped globally by Hindus where ever they reside. The Ganga Ghats at Varanasi are full of pilgrims who flock to the place to take a dip in the holy Ganges, which is believed to absolve one from all sins. A multitude of Hindu deities is visible everywhere in Varanasi. In temples, one can see Shiva-Ling, Deity of 4 armed Lord Vishnu or the silver mask of Goddess Durga. When Hindus travel to places like Varanasi, it's not just for sightseeing or sacred place touring, but it is for sacred pilgrimage, for darshana which means viewing and praying while standing in front. It is for the darshana of that sacred deity who presides, that Hindus from all over the country and even all over the world come here. No wonder Varanasi is religiously oldest city for Hindus. And not just Hindus, Varanasi has proved out to be a major sacred pilgrimage destination for Buddhists, Jains also and to some extent for Muslims as well. For over 500 past years, Varanasi has bewildered, astonished and surprised visitors from the west. And it continues to so do time and again up till now also. Today Varanasi has visitors, travelers, devotees coming from not just other parts of India but world over. They come here to learn Hinduism, to learn spirituality, to understand the meaning of life and death, to understand the process of how to be a better human being, how to be in touch with the divine almighty. The Ganges river, The ghats, The people, The pundits, The culture of the city's lanes and small alleys etc are all like a magnet which attracts tourists mostly coming from big cities and metros where such simplicity, such truthfulness and such purerity does not exists. Here, we would like our website visitors to go through a sample Varanasi tour outline or a simple itinerary which we have designed for our probable clients to go through in order to get an overview of Varanasi's tour guidance.

How to do City Tour
Their are many possible ways to do Varanasi city tour and local sightseeing. Their are some common popular places which should must be covered during city tour. At the same time, their are many other places which may or may not be visited during city sightseeing. It will depend upon the time availability and interest of visitor. Here we have discussed about a plan to do Varanasi city tour & Sarnath tour in ideal way, covering most of the important tourist attractions in relaxed way.
Day -1: After arriving at Varanasi Railway station or Varanasi's Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport, You may be picked-up by our local tour representative and then check in to hotel booked by us for you as per best possible and your desired accommodation requirement. Some hours of rest then in the evening, experience the Grand Hindu ritual of Ganga Aarti. Aartis also refer to the songs sung in praise of the deity, when offering of lamps is being offered. Hindus in India worship the river Ganges as goddess. Every evening in Varanasi, aarti is performed at the Dashashwamedh ghat. It could be watched from the Ghat or from the waterside in a boat. It is a beautiful, resonant, and majestic spectacle with a very precise choreography involving rituals performed by several priests with the sound of bells, drums, cymbals, and Sanskrit mantras.
Day- 2: Morning Boat Ride- Start your next day with a morning boat ride at the dawn. Boating in the Ganges at the sunrise in Varanasi is one of the main attractions and best experience a traveler can ever had. Observe Hindu's way of life on the bank of the river Ganges. There are number of temples on the bank of the Ganges River in Varanasi. It is at the Ganga Ghats [Banaras Ghat] where you can see life and death together. There are numbers of Ghat alongside Ganges River in Varanasi where you can see Hindu cremation as well. Some of the prominent and popular Ghats at Varanasi are the Dasaswamedh Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Harischandra Ghat, Assi Ghat, Shivala Ghat, Man Mandir Ghat, Darbhanga Ghat, Ahilyabai Ghat and Kedar Ghat. Early Mornings at the Ghats are calm, peaceful. Not many people at the shores. You can feel the connection with Ganges and you yourself which will help you reveal the true spirituality of Varanasi. After the boat ride is done, take a small walk in to the oldest part of Varanasi, famous for its narrow street. Then after, visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple area which is also known as the Golden Temple of Varanasi. The entry inside the temple is for Hindus only, but the temple premises, surroundings, neighborhoods, its nearby market place, lanes, alleys are open for general public. After breakfast, drive to Sarnath, approximately 10-12 km from Varanasi City. Sarnath near Varanasi is where the Buddha chose to deliver his first sermon in a Deer Park. It makes Sarnath one of the most venerated Buddhist places. Besides Buddhism, Sarnath is also connected with Jainism. There are many Buddhist monuments and edifices at Sarnath. Also there are Jain temples as well. Many of Jain Teerthankars or Jainism Prophets are believed to be born here. The main attractions of Sarnath are Archaeological and Excavation Area (Sarnath, Deer park), Chaukhandi Stupa, Dhammek Stupa (DhamekhaStupa), Dharmarajika Stupa , Mulagandhakuti Vihara, Ashoka Pillar (Ashokan Lion Pillar), Ashokan Lion-Capital (the national emblem of India) and the Archeological Museum.
Day-3: The City Tour after breakfast, you may drive to Banaras Hindu University which is the famous BHU campus, lush green huge area with vast premises filled with historical British era buildings mixed with modern day Indian university style architecture. Then, you may visit the Indian art museum named as Bharat Kala Bhavan and New Kashi Vishwnath Temple. Other important points to see in city include the Durga Temple (monkey temple), Tulasi Manas Temple, Bharat Mata Temple (Temple of Mother India), Ramnagar Fort, Dhameka stupa, Nepali Mandir etc.

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