2-Night Varanasi and Sarnath Tour by Air from New Delhi

  • Location: Delhi, India
  • Duration: 2 days (approx.)
  • Tour code: 5679DELVNS2D
  • Details
See Varanasi, one of the world’s oldest living cities, on a 2-night trip from New Delhi! Enjoy a morning and evening boat ride on the Ganges River and marvel at the Ghats, stone steps leading to the riverbank used for centuries by devotees as bathing and cremation sites. You’ll learn about India’s three ancient religious traditions – Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism – as you walk through Varanasi’s old city with an expert guide. See where the Buddha preached in nearby Sarnath, including a visit to Dhamek Stupa.

Highlights

  • Breakfast included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • All entrance fees included
On an extraordinary 2-night tour of Varanasi, discover the spiritual pilgrimage sites along the Ghats of this fascinating city and the neighboring Sarnath. Fly from New Delhi and join your guide for a tour by water and land, including airport arrival and departure transfers. Enjoy two nights' accommodation at a hotel in Varanasi with breakfast.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Your Delhi city hotel
Departure Time:
7am

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Return Details:
Tour ends at Indira Gandhi International Airport or Varanasi (if option is chosen). Transfer from Delhi airport to hotel not included

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Tour with RND-Trip Flight
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2-night Ghats of Varanasi tour with round-trip flights from New Delhi . Accommodations are on a sharing basis. Tour departs from New Delhi and returns to New Delhi

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Tour with One-Way Flight
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2-night Ghats of Varanasi tour with one-way from New Delhi . Accommodations are on a sharing basis. Tour departs from New Delhi and returns to Varanasi

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2-Night Varanasi and Sarnath Tour by Air from New Delhi

2-Day Varanasi and Ghats Tour from Delhi

Inclusions:
  • Hotel pickup
  • One-way flight from New Delhi to Varanasi
  • 2 nights accommodation at the Rivitas hotel
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Breakfast
  • Entrance fees
  • Boat ride on the Ganges River
  • Professional guide
Exclusions:
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Passport information will be required in order to book bullet train tickets
  • Please note that dress codes are conservative throughout India; modest and respectful clothing that covers the shoulders and knees are recommended
Itinerary:
Day 1: New Dehli – Varanasi
After morning pickup from your hotel in New Delhi, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival, your friendly driver will greet you and transport you to your Varanasi hotel.

In the evening, before touring the Ghats of Varanasi, receive a tour briefing from your expert guide, who will inform you about the days ahead. Then, get acquainted with this ancient city, which has been a magnet for enlightened beings and spiritual seekers for millennia. Begin with a guided tour of the Ghats -- a series of steps leading to the holy river -- and observe sages of the Hindu and Jain faiths as they meditate and teach on the banks of the Ganges.

Hear the legends of Lord Shiva, one of the three great gods of the Hindu tradition, who chose Varanasi to be his home. You’ll see devotees bathing in the Ganges, considered one of the most auspicious experiences of the Hindu faith, and learn about the dead who receive salvation as they are cremated on the sacred steps leading to the riverbank.

Overnight: Rivitas Hotel in Varanasi

Day 2: Varanasi (B)
In the early morning, embark on a boat ride on the Ganges River and witness a magnificent scene as hundreds of devout Varanasi pilgrims wade into the cool waters, just as they have every morning since ancient times. Watch devotees chant and pray while others offer the holy water of the river to the rising sun – an unforgettable experience!

After taking in these rituals, disembark for a short walk through the buzzing lanes of Varanasi’s old city. Along narrow passageways, pass bazaars that cater to the millions of pilgrims who come here to worship Kashi Vishwanath, the patron deity of Varanasi. The gold-covered temple where the deity resides is closed to non-Hindus, but the streets surrounding it are a fascinating mix of commerce and faith.

After returning to the hotel for breakfast, take a guided excursion to Sarnath, located just 6 miles (10 km) from Varanasi. Travel to Deer Park, where the Buddha preached his first sermon to five disciples, and witness some of the thousands of annual Buddhist pilgrims who travel from around the world to pay their respects at the ancient monuments.

Visit the towering Dhamek Stupa, which marks the location of a once-resplendent monastery, and see a newer monastery that was built by the Buddhist Maha Bodhi Society. Your guide will accompany your group to the archaeological museum in which the famous Sarnath pillar, whose capital forms India's national emblem, stands intact. Here, learn about the first Buddhist monks who settled the area in approximately the 3rd century BC.

In the afternoon, head back to Varanasi for a city sightseeing tour of this longtime center for classical learning and culture. Visit south of the city for Banaras Hindu University. It’s perhaps the most prestigious university in India, known for philosophy and liberal arts. See the Bharat Mata temple, consecrated to Mother India, where a marble relief map of the Indian subcontinent is the focus of worship and a testament to India’s freedom movement.

Spend your evening on a boat along Varanasi’s riverbank, which lights up as thousands congregate to witness the aarti ceremony – one of the most popular and important rituals of the Hindu faith. Hear temple bells ring out as pilgrims chant and pray before a row of young Brahman priests who wave flaming oil lamps in worship of the Ganges. Watching this scene from the river is unforgettable!

Overnight: Rivitas Hotel in Varanasi

Day 3: Varanasi – New Delhi (B)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and spend your morning at leisure. After noon checkout, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your return flight (own expense) to New Delhi, arriving at Indira Gandhi International Airport. You also get the option of staying in Varanasi.
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