1. India
  2. Uttar Pradesh
  3. Varanasi

Varanasi: Full-Day Tour of Temples, Sarnath and Aarti

Product ID: 180611
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Discover the spiritual beauty of India on this private day tour of Varanasi and the surrounding areas. See both the morning and evening aarti ceremonies and visit every key spiritual site in the area, with a knowledgeable tour guide.
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Duration: 12 hours
Starting time 5:00 AM
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Your hotel in Varanasi.

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  • See the key spiritual sites of Varanasi on this full-day tour
  • Marvel at the magical beauty of the morning and evening aarti ceremonies
  • Visit the sacred pilgrimage site of Sarnath and learn about Buddhism
  • Explore many sacred temples in the area
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Your private tour will start early with 5:00 AM pickup from your hotel. See the morning aarti ceremony as the sun rises, a magical spiritual experience. After this you’ll visit the main temples in Varanasi, including Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Monkey Temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir, and Birla Temple. These are famous for their ornate carvings and historical significance. 

Continue to Sarnath, a must-see in Varanasi. Your guide will teach you the history of this Buddhist pilgrimage site, as you explore the beautiful ruins of Buddhist monuments. See the incredible Dhamekha Stupa, where Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. Then visit the Sarnath Archeological Museum, the Lion Capital of Ashoka, and at a monastery with beautiful wall paintings. 

Head back into town to watch the evening aarti ceremony on the banks of the Ganges. Watch the ceremony, where a supreme priest offers prayers o the holy river with a sacred brass lamp. The ceremony involves lights, cymbals, incense, and people singing hymns and chanting. After an amazing day of sightseeing, you will be dropped safely back at your hotel. 
  • Private full-day tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Mineral water
What’s Not Included
  • Personal expenses
  • Food and drinks

From US$ 86 per person

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Product ID: 180611