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Immerse yourself in the ancient city of Varanasi with the India City Walks™ flagship Varanasi Heritage Walks® for an unforgettable spiritual experience. The morning tour begins at the picturesque Dasashwamedh Ghat, where you’ll meet your knowledgeable guide. Board a boat for a leisurely 45-minute ride along the sacred Ganges River to Manikarnika Ghat. As you drift on the tranquil waters, your guide will unveil the rich history of Varanasi, the morning rituals that infuse the city with spirituality, and the significance of the various ghats that line the riverbanks.
VUpon arriving at Manikarnika Ghat, you’ll witness a profound and somber scene as the dead are cremated in accordance with religious customs. Your guide will provide insights into the diverse activities and professions associated with these sacred death ceremonies. Feel free to ask any questions that arise during this eye-opening experience. While at Manikarnika, you’ll also visit the Manikarnika Kund, a small yet significant sacred water-tank that holds deep spiritual meaning for the locals.
Next, you’ll embark on a soul-stirring walk through the labyrinthine narrow lanes of Varanasi. As you delve deeper into the heart of the city, you’ll encounter small shrines, local residences, charming tea-shops, and modest lodgings for pilgrims. The cultural richness and spiritual aura of these lanes will captivate your senses and transport you to a bygone era.
The highlight of the morning tour awaits as you reach Varanasi’s most renowned pilgrimage site – the revered Kashi Vishwanath Temple, also known as the Golden Temple. Step into this sacred haven and be immersed in the intense devotion of devotees. The temple’s majestic architecture and spiritual significance will leave a lasting impression on your soul. Optionally, you can visit the nearby Satua Baba Ashram, where young men study and preserve ancient scriptures in the classical language of Sanskrit.
After exploring the Kashi Vishwanath Temple and absorbing its divine energy, a short 10-minute walk will lead you to the vibrant Phool Mandi, Varanasi’s Flower Market. Let the riot of colors and fragrance envelop you as local vendors display their fragrant floral offerings. The immersive experience of the market is a delightful treat for all your senses. The morning tour concludes at the Phool Mandi, where your guide will be happy to assist you in finding a rickshaw or arranging transportation to your next destination. But the spiritual journey doesn’t end here – the evening tour promises even more enchantment. Begin at the Phool Mandi, where you left off in the morning, and venture once more into the enchanting narrow lanes of Varanasi.
As the evening descends, you’ll witness the heartwarming and awe-inspiring Ganga Aarti at Dasashwamedh Ghat. The divine rituals, accompanied by the mesmerizing chants and flickering lamps, create an ethereal ambiance that lingers in your soul. Optionally, you can take a boat ride on the Ganges to witness the magical evening rituals from the water, adding another layer of immersion to the experience.
As the evening tour reaches its conclusion at Dasashwamedh Ghat, you’ll be left with memories of a spiritual journey that touched your heart and soul. The India City Walks™ flagship Varanasi Heritage Walks® offers an immersive adventure that allows you to connect deeply with Varanasi’s spirituality, culture, and heritage. Soak in the essence of this ancient city, where time seems to stand still, and every step uncovers hidden treasures of spirituality and devotion.
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