Day trip to Sarnath
VARANASI – SARNATH
Today we go for Varanasi city tour in the first half of the day before proceeding towards Sarnath to enjoy a day trip. In Varanasi, Get up early in the morning and go for boat ride on the river Ganges. Apart from seeing devotees taking dip in holy Ganges. You can also see the ritualistic aspect of Hindus on the Ghats while cruising through river Ganges. After the boat ride walk through the fascinating narrow twisting lanes of the city to watch the performance of various Hindu rituals by the pilgrims.
After boat ride, start city tour of Varanasi including the visits of various significant Hindu Temples such as the most important Vishwanath Temple.
Lunch at any good restaurants.
Drive towards Sarnath.
Visit to Sarnath Park and Museum
Sarnath is 13 km away from Varanasi. This is the place where Lord Buddha said to have preached his first sermon to his disciples after attaining enlightenment. This is one of the four most significant Buddhist pilgrimage sites namely Bodhgaya, Kushinagar and Lumbini in Nepal. Main attractions here are various Stupas, historical monuments, Dear Park and Museum such as Dhamek Stupa, Dharmarajika Stupa, Chaukhandi Stupa, Ashoka Pillar etc. Sarnath between the 3rd century BC and the 11th century AD, and today it presents the most expansive ruins amongst places on the Buddhist trail. The Ashoka Pillar of Sarnath is the National emblem of India. Sarnath is usually flocked by the followers from all across the globe in the month of April and May because Buddha’s life, death and enlightenment are celebrated in this duration.
RETURN TO VARANASI
Drive back to Varanasi for overnight stay.