Varanasi is said to be the oldest surviving city of the world. Varanasi is also called as Kashi or Benaras. Being the most venerated pilgrim place in Hindu religion, Varanasi is said to be a museum of temples. Also called the city of temples, Varanasi is home to about 2,000 temples. People from all parts of India as well as the world come to Varanasi to visit these temples, making the holy temples of Varanasi amongst the most visited temples in India. Many important and famous temples are located at Ganga Ghats (river front), adding to the religious value of the holy river, Ganges.
Most of the temples that are located on the Ganga Ghats are old and date back to the medieval period. According to legends the first Siva Jyotirlinga, the fiery pillar of light, came through the earth here and flared into the sky. Therefore Varanasi is also called Kashi, "the City of Light." The Kashi Vishwanath temple, located near the Ganga Ghats, is the most famous and important temple of Varanasi. In this temple resides the guardian of the holy city, Lord Shiva. Other important temples of Varanasi are the new Vishwanath temple, the SankatMochan temple, the Durga temple, the KalBhairav temple and the Mritunjaya temple.
Two oldest cities in India that serve as the center for the Hindu religion are Varanasi and Allahabad, both located in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The Hindu mythology has a lot to do with these locations; further the presence of the River Ganga makes them all the more sacred for the Hindu pilgrims. You can simply indulge yourself in this spiritual journey through the package, Varanasi - Allahabad tour. The duration of the package is 3 days - 2 nights, it will take you around all the important sites and attractions the places have to offer.
Allahabad, recognized for hosting the largest and grandest Hindu pilgrimage festival, is actually more than that. The city is usually known as Allahabad but the original nameswere “Prayag” or “Kaushambi”. This important destination in Uttar Pradesh has seen days of political, cultural and administrative influence from the time when it was the capital of Kuru rulers of Hastinapur, so you see Allahabad’s rich history does hold a power to captivate tourists on their visit. The city is popular as a venue for Kumbh Mela and for housing edifices like the Allahabad Fort, Allahabad University, and Anand Bhawan which is the ancestral home of the Nehru Family. In fact, the city is not just the home of the Nehru family but 13 other Prime Ministers of India! Interesting, right? Read the blog and you’d inculcate more interest in visiting Allahabad because I am packing this write-up with the very best of the city so that you do not miss anything worth experiencing.
A soil of enlightenment, Gaya is a significant pilgrimage place that is steeped in great history. Equally important for Hindus as well as Buddhist, oodles of folks wish to understand, pursue and gather more information of Buddhism to bring harmony and peacefulness in their lives. This charming site is nestled on the banks of holy River Phalgu in the beautiful state of Bihar. It is a ritual site and renowned for Pind Daan. Hindu devotees from all across the world pay a visit to this consecrated place to carry out Pind Daan pooja for the liberation of the souls of their relatives. Gotten its name from the demon Gayasur, it is certainly a striking city enveloped by temple-crowned mountains. Its great inviolability, magnificent history and splendid appeal make it a must visit destination for any nature lover.
VARANASI - SARNATH - BODHGAYA - PRAYAG (ALLAHABAD)
5 Nights & 6 Days
Day 01:Varanasi Arrivals + Ganga Aarti
Pickup from Airport/Railway station and check in to Hotel. At evening, get ready to experience one of the most memorable moments of your life, as you will be taken to River Ganges. Enjoy Ganga Aarti. Get a glimpse of the spiritualism at the Ganga Ghats (river front).Can enjoy the Ganga Aarti on Boat (optional and by own cost). Night stay at Hotel in Varanasi.
1. Ganga Aarti
Day 02: Varanasi – Morning Boat Ride – Sarnath (15 KM 0.5 hr) - Temple Tour
Early morning, we will be taken for a boat ride on the Ganges. It is a mystical and spiritual experience as you watch people offering water to the Sun God and devotees taking holy dip in the Ganges. We will visit all the famous Ghats of Varanasi via boat. Latter visit the most religious Kashi Vishwanath temple, Annapurna Temple, the Bharat Mata temple, Sankat Mochan(Hanuman temple), Manas Mandir, BHU. Come back to hotel for breakfast.
Latter in non, we will be taken for an excursion to Sarnath. Sarnath is the place where Buddha delivered his first sermon to his disciples. The attractions at Sarnath are the Buddha temples, the Dhamekha stupa, Chaukhandi stupa and the archaeological museum.
In evening have leisure time for shopping in Varanasi (optional and by your own). Night stay at Hotel in Varanasi.
1. Morning boat ride on the River Ganges.
2. Vishwanath temple, Annpurna Temple
3. Bharat Mata Mandir, Sankat Mochan, Manas Mandir, BHU
4. Sarnath (Dhamekh Stupa, the Chaukhandi Stupa and the Archaeological museum)
Day 03: Varanasi – Bodhgaya (300 Kms 6 Hrs)
After Breakfast transfer to Bodhgaya Check in Hotel. Later Visit Lord Buddha Temple (Maha Bodhi temple), Bodhi Tree, Buddha Statue Covers other sightseeing places Sita Kund, Janki temple and Overnight stay at Hotel in Bodhgaya.
1. Visit Lord Buddha Temple River , Bodhi Tree, Buddha Statue
2. Sita Kund, Janki temple
Day 04: Bodhgaya-Gaya-Varanasi (300 Kms 6 Hrs)
After Breakfast transfer to Gaya (12 Kms).Visit Vishnu Temples, Vishnupad Temple is sacred among Hindus and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. According to believers and religious texts, the footprints inside the temple are those of Lord Vishnu. Visit Japanese Temple, Chinese Temple, Tibetian Temple, Phalguna River and drive to Varanasi. Overnight stay at Hotel in Varanasi.
1. Japanese Temple, Chinese Temple, Tibetian Temple
2. Visit Vishnu Temples
3. Phalguna River
Day 05: Varanasi–Allahabad (150 KM, 3 hrs)-Varanasi (150 KM, 3 hrs)
Early morning after breakfast, drive to Allahabad . Enjoy the holy bath in river Ganga and in Sangam (Meeting point) of the three rivers - Ganga, Yamuna & Saraswati. Sangam - overlooked by the eastern ramparts of the fort, wide flood plains and muddy banks protrude towards the sacred Sangam. At the point at which the brown Ganges meets the Greenish Yamuna, pandas (priests) perch on small platforms to perform puja and assist the devout in their ritual ablutions in the shallow waters.
Latter we will cover the other spot in Allahabad like Hanuman Temple, Anand Bhavan - one of the country’s best-running museums in memory of Jawahar Lal Nehru. Swaraj Bhawan -the house where the former Prime Minister of India Mrs. Indira Gandhi was born. Night stay at Hotel In Varanasi.
Note : Have option to come back to Varanasi by boat (Sailing tour)
1. Sangam bath
2. Hanuman Temple
3. Anand Bhavan, Swaraj Bhavan
Day 06: Varanasi –Drop to Airport/Railway station
After Breakfast, have leisure time in morning. Latter drop to airport/Railway station with pleasant memory of holy trip.
1. Drop to Airport.