Be a part of Varanasi’s rich architectural and mythological history and spend a surreal morning in India’s most sacred city. You will be picked up from your centrally located hotel and in the company of an expert local guide, proceed to the early morning boat ride from Assi Ghat to Dasaswamedh Ghat.
Catch the glimpse of the gigantic Ghats of Varanasi and learn about the mythological significance of these places and River Ganges, on the banks of which the ancient city has flourished. Starting at Assi Ghat, city’s most prominent bathing Ghat, the boat ride takes you through the 5000-year old history of Varanasi. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, experience a magical sunrise, floating on the holy Ganges. The boat ride ends at Manikarnika, the cremation Ghat of Varanasi, marking the journey of a person from birth to death and ultimately attaining salvation. Learn from your guide the stories of tradition and culture that bind the city together from time immemorial.
After the boat ride, proceed to Kashi Vishwanath Temple at 7:30am, crossing through the legendary narrow lanes of Varanasi. The temple was built in 17th century and is dedicated to the Destroyer God of Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva. Participate in the morning Pooja (ceremonial prayers) ritual and get an insight into the practices of Hinduism.
From there, proceed to a local restaurant for vegetarian breakfast and devour the flavors of Varanasi. Post breakfast proceed to visit the Sankat Mochan Temple, dedicated to the monkey god of Hindu mythology. “Sankat Mochan” literally means the one who relieves you from all the troubles, and devotees from all walks of life flock in huge numbers for getting the divine blessings of prime deity “Hanumana”. From there proceed to visit the new Vishwanath temple, also called the Birla temple, made as a replica of the original temple with intricate carvings on beautiful white marble. At the end of this visit you will be transferred back to your hotel.