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3 Day Varanasi Extension (EX-95)

Private Travel | Tour Code: EX-95 | 2 Nights

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TRIP EXTENSION: Varanasi - 2 Nights.

Unique experiences on this tour:
♦ Witness the ageless rituals of Hinduism on the banks of the River Ganges
♦ Attend a sacred Oil lamp Aarti (prayer) ceremony on the River Ganges
♦ Traditional cycle rickshaw ride in the back streets and bazaars of Old City
♦ Boat Cruise on River Ganges at sunrise to see locals worship at the ghats

Day 1 - Delhi / Varanasi

Morning: Fly from Delhi to Varanasi.

Arrive at Varanasi airport, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.

Afternoon: Visit the Ghats (River Front) and enjoy a boat ride on the river Ganges to witness Oil lamp Aarti (prayer) performed by the priest on the banks of the river.

Day 2 - Varanasi

Early Morning: The best way to experience the life in Varanasi is to tour the Ganges in a country boat at sunrise as early morning life in this city revolves around the Ghats. You will see Pilgrims, yogis and mystics flock to the ghats, to take a cleansing dip in India's holiest river, practice yoga, meditate, or washing clothes and vessels. Return to your hotel to freshen up and have breakfast.

After breakfast, explore India’s most sacred city for Hindu’s, which is the oldest living city in the world. During the visit to the Old city you will share space with Cows, Scooters etc. and walk through the narrow alleys where every street corner has roadside shrine or temple and vendors selling garlands, incense sticks and other items used in worship.

Afternoon: Proceed for an excursion to Sarnath, where the Buddha gave his first sermon in 500 BC. The very spot is marked by the Dhamekh Stupa. Located in the midst of the Archaeological park, you will also visit the ruins of the small monastery where the Buddha lived during his visits and walk the path he took while meditating. After visiting the excellent museum that houses sculptures excavated from the park you continue to the fairly new Buddhist temple. The walls of the temples are decorated by the paintings of a Japanese artist tracing the important events in the life of The Buddha.

Day 3 - Varanasi / Delhi

Early Morning: You're at leisure to relax at your hotel or revisit (on your own) any sights visited on the previous day.

Afternoon: Fly to Delhi and connect to your onward flight.



Hotel Names
Rivatas | Ramada


Hotel Names
Taj Gateway Ganges | Radisson | Madin

LUXURY HOTELS (Best Available):

Hotel Names
Taj Nadesar Palace

Note: Hotel check-in is at 2 pm and check-out is at 12 noon for almost all the hotels in India.


Hotel accommodation in a Double/Twin Standard Guest room
Daily Full Breakfast at the hotel
Private return airport transfers in a chauffeur driven car
All entrance/admission fees to monuments and sights
Personal English speaking guide for sightseeing excursions in each city
Boat cruises (Sunrise & Sunset) on Ganges River in Varanasi
Exclusive: Cycle-rickshaw ride through the ancient bazaar of Old City
Bottled water during sightseeing, day excursions and long drives
Representative for assistance in each Metro city
Road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes
24/7 on-tour assistance in India


International or domestic flights (Internal airfare $100~$150 USD each flight)
Personal Expenses (Insurance, visa, tips, porterage, phone, beverages)
Video Camera charges or Professional Still camera with tripod
Goods and services tax (GST) of 5% shall apply on the total billing


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