Day 1. Arrive Varanasi
Upon your arrival at Varanasi airport, meet representative and transfer to hotel. Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India is also known as Kashi and Benaras.
This afternoon, visit the Bharat Mata Temple, the only temple dedicated to Mother India, housing a relief map of India, carved out of marble. Then, experience an evening rickshaw ride to the ghats to enjoy the grand Aarti ceremony conducted every day at sunset by white-robed priests. The young priests sway in seemingly choreographed movements, worshipping the river goddess with incense, flowers and earthen lamps.
Day 2. Varanasi
Enjoy an early morning boat ride on the Holy River Ganges. See the bathing ghats where thousands of pilgrims pay homage to the sun god by immersing themselves in the holy water of River Ganges, and the burning ghats where cremations are conducted.
After the boat ride, return to your hotel for breakfast. This afternoon, enjoy the visit to Sarnath, the place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Sarnath was a renowned school of learning from 6th century BC to 12th century AD. The Ashoka pillar of Sarnath is the national emblem of India. Visit the ruins, stupa, Buddhist temple, and its Sarnath Museum.
Varanasi is renowned for its silk weavers, who work on the finest types of woven silk fabrics. Later in the afternoon, visit silk weavers and cooperatives to see the process of silk weaving.
Day 3. Depart Varanasi
After breakfast, transfer to airport to board the flight for onward destination.