VARANASI DEV DEEPAWALI

Trip Commences From: Varanasi
Trip Ends At: Varanasi

Day 01

Arrival at Varanasi | Tour of Kashi Vishwanath and other city temples

Arrival at Varanasi Airport. Transfer to your hotel and check in. After lunch (by 2 pm), leave for a tour of Varanasi’s temples - Kashi Vishwanath, Tulsi Manas Mandir, Durga Mandir and Sankat Mochan Temple.

Day 02

Sarnath Tour and Dev Deepawali celebrations

Morning: Breakfast at the hotel.

Then visit Sarnath, the hallowed spot where Lord Buddha preached His first sermon after Enlightenment in the deer park. It contains the most impressive remains as well as a modem temple. Among the many fascinating relics, the Dharmarajika Stupa, Chaukhandi Stupa & Dhamekh Stupa are outstanding. There is a newly-built, 80 feet Lord Buddha statue. There are also the remains of a monastery and the beautifully-polished Lion Capital of Ashoka.

Later, return to Varanasi for lunch.

After lunch and some rest, start by 4:45 pm to see the famous ritual – Dev Deepawali Ganga aarti. On the occasion of Kartik Purnima celebrated in Varanasi, on the banks of the river Ganga, the ghats of Varanasi come alive with thousands of diyas (earthen lamps). Dev Deepawali, celebrated 15 days after Diwali, is a tribute to the river Ganga by the people of Varanasi. Dev Deepawali is held on the full moon day in the month of Kartik (also known as Kartik Purnima) and is observed with great fanfare and feasts. You will have your own festive motorboat ride on the occasion of Dev Deepawali as the whole city is immersed in the light of earthen lamps. A boat ride gives you a full view and a mind-blowing experience of amazing scenes of cities and monuments that are decorated on Dev Deepawali on both banks of the river.

Return to the hotel. Overnight stay at Varanasi.

Day 03

Departure

If you desire, you may take a holy dip in the Ganga early morning and then return to the hotel. After breakfast, check out from the hotel as per your time schedule and proceed to Varanasi Airport to board your return/onward flight.

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