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For many, the spiritual heart of India is Varanasi. Explore this side of the city on this 9-hour tour that includes Sarnath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is important to Buddhists, and a Hindu ritual on the sacred Ganges River. Hotel pickup and drop-off, guide, private transportation, lunch, and all entrance fees included.
Day 1: Full-Day Spiritual Varanasi Tour with Sarnath
Learn about two of India’s great religions—Buddhism and Hinduism—in a day
Entrance fees and local guide are included
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (included)
Receive transfers to and from your hotel
What to Expect
After pickup at your hotel in Varanasi, transfer to a private vehicle to Sarnath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the holiest places in Buddhism. Your guide will explain the significance of the site, which is where Gautama Buddha delivered his first sermons. Buddhist pilgrims flock to Sarnath.
Next, visit the Chaukhandi Stupa, an elevated structure surrounded by an octagonal tower that serves as the gateway to Sarnath, then continue to the Dhamek Stupa, another Buddhist structure, this time built of stone and brick engraved with delicate floral carvings. Next, visit Mulagandha Kuti Vihar, a modern Buddhist temple that is home to impressive, before stopping at the Sarnath Museum to see a collection of Buddhist art.
After visiting Sarnath, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Continue visit other famous temples in the city that demonstrate the diversity and craftsmanship of these structures.
In the evening, travel to the banks of the Ganges River to witness the rites. Held every evening on the banks of holiest river in India, before your driver takes you back to your hotel.
Your hotel in Varanasi
Between 8:30am and 9:30am
Returns to original departure point
MAP (Room + Breakfast + Lunch/Dinner)
Hotel pickup and drop-off in Varanasi
Entry/Admission - Sarnath
Entry/Admission - Chaukhandi Stupa
Entry/Admission - Dhamek Stupa
Additional food and drinks
DVD (available to purchase)
Some Advance Percentage of total booking amount
Airfare/Transport fare to be paid full at one time in advance.
Cancellation & Refund Policy
If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.