About the Place:
Varanasi: Wandering in the streets of Banaras is an experience that you would want to share. Considered as the abode of Lord Shiva, Varanasi is situated on the banks of River Ganga. The River Ganga is believed to have the power of washing away all of one's sins. Varanasi is more than 3000 years old and is known for its old temples. You will surely wonder looking at the huge numbers of temples even after many temples being demolished during the medieval times. Varanasi is the most popular pilgrimage point for the Hindus. One of the seven holiest cities, Varanasi city is also one of the Shakti Peethas and one of the twelve Jyotir Linga sites in India. Varanasi has been a symbol of spiritualism, philosophy and mysticism for thousands of years and is known for great saints and personalities like Gautam Buddha, Mahavira, Kabir, Tulsi Das, Shankaracharya, and others.
Prayagraj: Prayagraj, a city located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, is a fusion of sanctity, religion, traditions, history, and architecture. It is situated at the confluence of the Rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati, and is considered a holy city in Hinduism. The city is known for hosting the Kumbh Mela, a major pilgrimage and festival that occurs every 12 years.The city has been described in ancient scriptures as ‘Teerthraj’, the holiest pilgrimage center, and is indeed a perfect place to have a soulful escape.
Ayodhya: Ayodhya is a perfect destination for tourists who are interested in exploring the rich cultural heritage of India. The city is home to several religious sites that are of great importance to Hindus. According to the Hindu scriptures, Ayodhya was the capital of the ancient Kosala Kingdom and the birthplace of Lord Rama, the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu. The city was ruled by the illustrious King Dasharatha, the father of Rama, and is often described as a prosperous and harmonious kingdom. Centuries later, Ayodhya became a thriving centre for Buddhism during the reign of the Maurya and Gupta dynasties. The city witnessed the construction of several Buddhist monasteries and stupas, attesting to its cultural assimilation and diverse history.
Lucknow : Lucknow is the capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is located on the Gomati River .Lucknow is known for its rich cultural and artistic heritage, and its influence of Persian, Shiite, Arabic and British culture and it's delicious and aromatic dishes like Biryanis and Kebabs
Trikon invites you to a journey that stops time and connects your spiritual self to the present and the future. From the divine ambiance to the mouth-watering street food, This tour is a Gem. With Trikon, escape to a parallel universe on the other side of the digital India.
Please Note : Train Ticket Cost is not part of Package, But Trikon will assist you with Train / Flight Ticket Booking. Booking refundable air tickets through reputable platforms like Make My Trip or Yatra Portal is indeed a wise choice, especially for flexibility in travel plans. It's important to prioritize peace of mind, particularly in the face of potential last-minute changes or cancellations.
Day 1: Sunday, Welcome to the Holy City!
- Reach Varanasi by afternoon. Pickup from Railway Station/Airport. Shift to our Home Stay / Hotel.
- Freshen up and get ready to witness the city of temples especially Kal Bhairav & Kashi Vishwanath.
- Kaal Bhairav Temple: The word "Kaal" means both "death" and "fate". Kaal Bhairav also means the one whom even death Fears It is believed that even death is afraid of Kaal Bhairav.
- Kashi Vishwanath Temple: One of the famous Hindu Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Kashi Vishwanath temple is located in Vishwanath Gali of Varanasi. This temple was demolished by Aurangzeb (the Sixth Mughal Emperor)who constructed the Gyanvapi Mosque on its site.
- Will be witnessing to Dashashwamedh Ghat for Ganga Aarti full evening. We at Trikon will give you one of the best experiences of your life as you attend an ‘Aarti’ which will take you to a different world. You will attend the famous The Maha Ganga Aarti post-sunset.
- Have dinner and rest for the day.
Meals : (Dinner)
Day 2: Monday, Explore Ganga Ghat
- Wake up early and freshen up as you will witness the most beautiful and Holy River in India, The River Ganga. A walk along the bank of the River Ganga is a peaceful experience. The boat ride along the river is the best way to get closer to the Holy River. We return back to Dasaswamedh Ghat by boat ride or a walk. Will be exploring some iconic Ghats too.
- Have Breakfast and leave for Banaras Hindu University.
- Leave for Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple and other temples Nearby.
- Sankat Mochan Foundation was established by Veer Bhadra Mishra in the year 1982, the Mahant (High priest) of the temple and has been working for cleaning and protecting the Ganges river. Each year in the month of April, the temple organizes classical music and dance concert festival titled "Sankat Mochan Sangeet Samaroh", in which musicians and performers from all over India take part.
- Have Lunch and rest/explore
- Later we go to the path of the 4 noble truths. Yes you guessed it right, today we leave for Sarnath Temple which is located in just Hindu holy city of Varanasi.
- Have Dinner and Rest for the Day.
Meals : (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 3: Tuesday, Explore Prayagraj
- Have breakfast in the morning and get ready for journey towards Prayagraj (previously known as Allahabad).
- Check in to the hotel upon arrival.
- Visit the Triveni Sangam of the Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati rivers. Triveni Sangam is a sacred place located in Prayagraj, India, where the Ganges, Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati rivers converge. It is believed that a bath here can wash away all sins and free one from the cycle of rebirth1. The confluence is also referred to as Prayag and is a site of religious importance and one of the sites for the historic Kumbh Mela held every 12 years
- We plan to take a boat ride to the sacred Sangam and back to the accommodation.(Subject to weather) Spend the night in PRAYAGRAJ.
Meals : (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 4: Wednesday, Explore Rama Janmabhoomi, Ayodhya
- Good Morning!! Freshen up and start the journey to the birth place of Shri Ram.
- Explore Ayodhya, located on the banks of the Sarayu river. It is a site of religious importance and attracts many tourists for its rich cultural heritage.
- Visit Shri Ram Mandir.
- Spend some time on Sharayu Ghat.
- Later we move towards Lucknow for night stay
Meals : (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 5: Thursday, Muskuraiye, Aap Lucknow me hai.
- Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in city of Nawabs. Explore the historical and cultural significance of the city.
- Visit places like Bada Imambara, Rumi Darwaza, Clock Tower, Chhota Imambara.
- Spend evening shopping and munching on lucknowi street food.
Meals : (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 6: Friday, Its time to say Goodbye
After breakfast its time to move back to Mumbai with unforgettable memories.
What is included in the tour
- Daily Breakfast and Dinner
- Local Street food at evening (Lassi, Sweet , Bhang Chaat )
- Accommodation at Hotels on twin/Triple Sharing basis
- All Internal Transfer Varanasi to Lucknow – by Tempo Traveller/fun cycle Rickshaw.
- An experienced backpacking expert and a Friend who will help you take the hassle out of your travel.
Booking refundable air tickets through reputable platforms like Make My Trip or Yatra Portal is indeed a wise choice, especially for flexibility in travel plans. It's important to prioritize peace of mind, particularly in the face of potential last-minute changes or cancellations.
What is NOT included in the tour
- · Travelling from Mumbai – Varanasi Station (To and Fro)
- · Entry tickets and Guide fees
- · Activity Charges.
- · Personal Expenses
- · Anything that is NOT mentioned in the ‘Inclusions’.
- Famous Kaal Bhairav and Kashi Vishwanath Temple
- Delicious Local Food
- Sunrise Boat on River Ganga
- Ganga Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat
- Visit To Sarnath, Holiest Place to the Buddhists
Q1. What are the best places to visit in Varanasi?
A1. Some of the best places to visit in Varanasi are the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Sarnath, Dashashwamedh Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, and the Ganges River.
Q2. What is the best time to visit Varanasi?
A2. The best time to visit Varanasi is during the winter months from November to February when the weather is pleasant and cool.
Q3. How do I reach Varanasi?
A3. Varanasi is well-connected by air, rail, and road. You can reach Varanasi by taking a flight to the Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, by taking a train to Varanasi Junction Railway Station, or by road through National Highway 2.
Q4. What are the best things to do in Varanasi?
A4. Some of the best things to do in Varanasi are taking a boat ride on the Ganges River, attending the Ganga Aarti ceremony, exploring the narrow alleys and streets of Varanasi, and trying the local street food.
Q5. What should I wear when visiting Varanasi?
A5. Varanasi is a religious and cultural city, so it is recommended to dress conservatively and cover your shoulders and knees. You can wear comfortable cotton clothes and avoid wearing revealing or tight clothes.
Q6. Is it safe to travel to Varanasi?
A6. Yes, Varanasi is a safe city to travel to, but it is always advisable to take necessary precautions and be aware of your surroundings, especially when traveling alone at night.
Q7. What is the local language spoken in Varanasi?
A7. The local language spoken in Varanasi is Hindi, but you can also find people who speak English and other regional languages.
Q9. What are some popular souvenirs to buy in Varanasi?
A9. Some popular souvenirs to buy in Varanasi are Banarasi silk sarees, wooden toys, brassware, and handcrafted jewelry.
Q10. Are there any festivals celebrated in Varanasi?
A10. Yes, Varanasi is known for its vibrant festivals such as Diwali, Holi, Durga Puja, and Mahashivratri.
Places to Visit in Varanasi/Banaras:
1. Kashi Vishwanath Temple
The Kashi Vishwanath Temple, also known as the Golden Temple, is one of the most revered Hindu temples in India. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located in the heart of the city.
Sarnath is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site and is believed to be the place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. The site houses numerous Buddhist stupas, temples, and monasteries.
3. Dashashwamedh Ghat
Dashashwamedh Ghat is one of the oldest and busiest ghats in Varanasi. It is famous for the Ganga Aarti ceremony held every evening, which is a spectacular sight to behold.
4. Manikarnika Ghat
Manikarnika Ghat is considered one of the holiest ghats in Varanasi, as it is believed that a dip in the waters of this ghat can lead to salvation. It is also a prominent cremation site for Hindus.
5. The Ganges River
The Ganges River is considered sacred by Hindus and is a lifeline for the people of Varanasi. A boat ride on the river is a must-do activity as it provides a unique perspective of the city and its ghats.
6. Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum
The Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum is located within the campus of the Banaras Hindu University and is known for its impressive collection of paintings, sculptures, and textiles. It also houses an extensive collection of ancient Indian coins and manuscripts.
7. Ramnagar Fort
The Ramnagar Fort is a stunning 17th-century fort situated on the banks of the Ganges River. It houses a museum that displays a collection of vintage cars, weaponry, and artifacts belonging to the royal family.
8. Tulsi Manas Temple
The Tulsi Manas Temple is dedicated to Lord Rama and is located near the Durga Temple. It is known for its beautiful marble carvings that depict the story of Ramayana, an epic Hindu poem.
Shopping to do Varanasi:
Varanasi is known for its exquisite handwoven silk sarees, traditional jewelry, and intricate woodwork. Here are some places to go shopping in Varanasi:
1. Vishwanath Lane
Vishwanath Lane is a narrow alley located near the Kashi Vishwanath Temple and is known for its shops selling traditional Banarasi silk sarees, jewelry, and handicrafts.
2. Thatheri Bazaar
Thatheri Bazaar is a popular market for brass and copper utensils, which are traditionally made by the Thathera community in Varanasi.
Chowk is a bustling market located in the heart of Varanasi and is known for its shops selling traditional Banarasi silk sarees, jewelry, and handicrafts.
4. Godowlia Market
Godowlia Market is a popular market for handicrafts, traditional sweets, and street food. It is also known for its shops selling musical instruments.
5. Golghar Market
Golghar Market is a popular market for wooden toys, lacquerware, and traditional Banarasi silk sarees.
- Identity card (Mandatory)
- 2 liters water
- Camera (Optional)
- Enerzal Powder or Glucon D powder
- Snacks & Biscuits
- Extra Pair of Clothes
- Warm clothing for night
- Clean napkin or small towel
- Mosquito Repellent
- Cap, sunglasses, scarf
- Haversack or Backpack
- Please carry medicines if you need any
- Hand Sanitizer