Allahabad Varanasi Tour Package
Duration : 05 Nights / 06 Days
Destination : Allahabad - Varanasi
ALLAHABAD-VARANASI - Everyone has their own way of celebrating
the ritual contact with the holy Ganga: some bathe; other dip themselves entirely
into the water once, thrice or any number of times; some drink the water; other
make water offerings to the sun; while others fill their pots with holy water
to take back to their homes to perform rituals and purification. The offerings
to the sacred waters vary. Pilgrims give flowers, fruits, lamps and their respectful
prayers. On festival days and religious occasions the riverside is thick with
their colorful bobbing up and down on the waters...
Day 01: VARANASI
Afternoon arrival in Varanasi from Delhi/Haridwar by train. Watch evening arati (Hindu ritual) at the Ganges Stay at Hotel, or option to stay in a riverside guesthouse.
The Kashi Vishwanath Temple - Also known as the Golden Temple,
it is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the presiding deity of the city. Varanasi is
said to be the point at which the first jyotirlinga, the fiery pillar of light
by which Shiva manifested his supremacy over other gods, broke through the earth's
crust and flared towards the heavens. More than the Ghats and even the Ganga,
the Shivalinga installed in the temple remains the devotional focus of Varanasi.
Entry restricted for foreigners.
Day 02: VARANASI
Opportunities for a dawn boat ride on the river, to observe the devotions to Surya, the rising sun. Afternoon visit to nearby Sarnath, where the Buddha began his teachings 2500 years ago. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 03: VARANASI
Morning for sightseeing in Varanasi. Afternoon free for relaxation and boat ride. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 04: VARANASI - ALLAHABAD (122 Kms/4 hours)
Morning drive to Allahabad to see the Sangam (Meeting point) of the three rivers - Ganga, Yamuna & Saraswati. Here the Maha Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years which is a major Hindu festival. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Sangam - Around 7 km from Civil Lines, overlooked by the eastern
ramparts of the fort, wide flood plains and muddy banks protrude towards the
sacred Sangam. At the point at which the brown Ganges meets the Greenish Yamuna,
pandas (priests) perch on small platforms to perform puja and assist the devout
in their ritual ablutions in the shallow waters. Beaches and ghats are littered
with the shorn hair of pilgrims who come to offer pind for their deceased parents.
Day 05: ALLAHABAD
Day at Allahabad. Morning enjoy the Holy dip at the Sangam. Later, reach the point on a boat, half day sightseeing. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 06: ALLAHABAD - DELHI
Morning free. Later board Prayagraj Express Train back to Delhi. Night on Train.