Varanasi Full-Day Private Tour with Sarnath and Ganga Aarti

3.7 / 5

3 reviews

Varanasi Full-Day Private Tour with Sarnath and Ganga Aarti

From $77 per person

Touted as the cultural capital of India, Varanasi is a picturesque city located on the western banks of the Yamuna river. This beautiful river has carried the legacy of Indian tradition and culture for centuries.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 10 hours
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Pick-up from your hotel lobby
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Watch people taking holy dips in the Ganges and executing worshipping rituals on the ghats
  • Visit the place where Gautama Buddha attained spiritual enlightenment
  • Explore the legacy of Indian tradition and culture
Full description
After breakfast, you'll be picked up from your hotel and driven to Sarnath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is hailed as one of the holiest Buddhist places in India and the place where Gautama Buddha, after attaining spiritual enlightenment, delivered his first sermons and claimed the place as an important pilgrimage site for his followers. Here, you'll first visit Chaukhandi Stupa, which is an elevated structure surrounded by octagonal towers. It's the gateway to Sarnath and adorned by lush green lawns from all sides. Then, you'll see Dhamek Stupa, a remarkable structure built of stone and brick. This cylindrical pillar is engraved with delicate floral carvings of Gupta origin. After this you'll visit Mulagandha Kuti Vihar, a modern temple encasing unrivalled frescoes by a Japanese painter and a rich repository of Buddhist literature. Later you will be taken to visit the Sarnath Museum. This is an expansive museum that houses the finest specimens of Buddhist art and culture.  Afterwards, you can enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting some famous temples and many other marvellous holy structures. In the evening, you will get to witness the ritualistic rites held every night on the banks of the Ganges, before being taken back to your hotel.
Includes
  • Sightseeing by private, air-conditioned car
  • Services of an English-speaking local guide
  • Entry fees to all mentioned monuments
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • All taxes and service charges
  • Expenses arising out of circumstances beyond the suppliers control, for example extreme weather conditions/flight cancellations
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
Traveler requirements
  • Customers must bring their own headphones

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  • Luggage or large bags
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.7 / 5

based on 3 reviews

Review summary

  • Value for money
    5/5
  • Service
    5.0/5
  • Organization
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30 October 2018

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The guide was completely unprepared and unmotivated. Despite booking a full-day tour, I was brought back to the hotel at 12:30 p.m. because the tour was over. On several notes from my side that it is actually a full-day tour, I was able to show my voucher. After a call to the office, I was offered to be picked up again in the hotel for a boat trip in the evening. I then refused this because of the bad progress so far. Complaint management was then problematic. I was then contacted 10 times and then also via SMS whether I was satisfied and whether I actually didn't want to be picked up. After repeated confirmation on my part, it was always checked and said that everything was wrongly reproduced by me. Despite finally asking me to leave me alone, I was contacted again via SMS for written confirmation. Overall just annoying and poor.

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22 February 2019

We were picked up on time in the morning, had his great guide and driver. would book excursions again at any time with get your guide. Lunch and continuing into the evening were simply great.

21 November 2019

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