About the Place:
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.
Along with ancient stories and spirituality, Varanasi has a lot more to offer, for example the famous ‘Kachori’ in Varanasi which is very popular among tourist. As we all know that the traditional food is an essential part of the Indian culture and cuisine. Here in Varanasi, there are a number of street foods from across the country that are famous, but the major attraction here is the ‘Kachori’. There are also other food items in Varanasi that will treat your taste buds for sure. Trying the ‘Kachoris’ and ‘Samosas’ is a must in Varanasi.
Just like the soul is to the body, the same way spirituality is to India. Among all the unique places in the world, India is known for practising spirituality and having a deep knowledge of spirituality. India’s culture and tradition along with the spicy Indian delicacies, tourist throng in India’s most popular places. On the other side of the digital India, in the parallel universe is a divine city of Varanasi, a city in India nestled in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Only the ambience of this place is enough to bless the soul.
Known as one of the most sacred cities in Hinduism, Varanasi is also known as Banaras or Kashi. Varanasi is a very old city attracting the young and old both. From the enchanted tourists witnessing the ‘Aartis’ performed at the Ghat to the calmness of the holy River Ganga, Varanasi is a journey within a journey. Watching the cycle of life and death on the banks and meditating on the calls of ‘Har Har Mahadev’ is an experience that will touch your soul. More than being just a spiritual destination Varanasi offers much more to explore like the medieval temples, Museum, tempting delicacies and much more.
Trikon invites you to a journey that stops time and connects your spiritual self to the present and the future. Varanasi is a city that is truly timeless. From the divine ambiance to the mouth-watering street food, Varanasi is a gem. With Trikon, escape to a parallel universe on the other side of the digital India.
Day 1: Sunday , 22nd December 2019 - Welcome to the Holy City!
Meet the Trikon Team at Varanasi Railway Station. You will stay in a hostel with bunk beds. Sounds like a perfect hostel for backpackers’ right?
After some time get ready as you will witness the most beautiful and the 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 a boat ride or a walk. 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 (7pm) from the Steps or Boats.
After this spiritual experience we return back to our bunk beds at hostels.
Day 2: Monday, 23rd December 2019
Wake up at 5.30 am and gear up yourself and your cameras. You will witness the first ray of the sun shining in the sky. You can also go on a boat ride.
Overnight stay at a shared dormitory.
Day 3: Tuesday, 24th December 2019
After a scrumptious breakfast, we head towards the northern stretch of main Ghats starting with Man Mandir Ghat to get the real feel of the rich Rajput architecture. The Ghat was built in the 1600s. You will see the astronomical instruments which are in good conditions. Our next destination for today is the ‘Burning Ghat’, The Manikarnika Ghat. This is a huge Ghat and is one of the sacred riverfronts along the River Ganga.
Now we return to the hotels and rest for the day.
Day 4: Wednesday, 25th December 2019
Today we wake up to the path of the 4 noble truths. Yes you guessed it right, today we leave for Sarnath which is located just 12 km from the Hindu holy city of Varanasi.
We will reach the Deer Park. This is the park where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma after his enlightenment. For Buddhists, Sarnath is one of the four holy site sanctioned by the Buddha himself for pilgrimage. The serenity of this place will fill you with peace and enlighten your mind.
Return back with an experience to cherish for a lifetime.
Day 5: Thursday, 26th December 2019
Today is the last and the best day to buy souvenirs, spend time with yourself or get to know new people. Today is a day for you to explore the city on your own.
Start the return journey with a smile and a new self which is deeply connected to yourself. Board the evening train from the station for Mumbai
Things to Carry
● 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
Winter Is Here!
★ Thermal innerwear helps shield against cold
★ Scarf or mufflers or ear muffs can be of use in windy areas
★ Balaclava, woollen caps always prove useful
★ Woollen gloves and socks will help keep hands, feet warm
★ Moisturizer, sunscreen and lip balm will help prevent sunburn
What is included in the tour
- Daily Breakfast and Dinner.
- Local Street food at evening (Lassi, Sweet , Bhang Chaat )
- 05 Nights’ accommodation in Hostel - A Bed per person.
- All Internal Transfer Varanasi to Varanasi – by Tempo Traveller and fun cycle Rickshaw.
- An experienced backpacking expert and a Friend who will help you take the hassle out of your travel.
What is NOT included in the tour
- Travelling from Mumbai – Varanasi Station (To and Fro)
- Lunch as we want you to try out local Cuisines & not restrict to particular restaurant, we have left that option to you.
- Entry tickets and Guide fees
- 5% GST
- Activity Charges.
- Personal Expenses
- Anything that is NOT mentioned in the ‘Inclusions’.
- The Maha Ganga Aarti
- Man Mandir Ghat
- The Manikarnika Ghat
- Deer Park Sarnath