Pilgrimage to Varanasi (4 days and 3 nights)
Located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. It is one of the holiest places for Hindus and is regarded as a Muktisthala (place of liberation). Varanasi is the City of Temples. There are many temples dedicated to different Hindu deities; Kashi Vishwanath Temple is the most important of them all. Varanasi has the unique distinction of having separate temples dedicated to all the nine forms of the Goddess Durga. The majority of these temples are located along the banks of the River Ganges. Thousands of people visit Varanasi every year from different parts of India and abroad. For some, a visit to Varanasi is a matter of faith and for others, a matter of curious exploration. Whatever be the intention of the visitors, Varanasi never fails to strike a chord in their hearts.
This 4 days and 3 nights pilgrimage to Varanasi takes one through the major spiritual places of Varanasi in an unhurried manner. The holy places on the itinerary include: the residence of Shyama Charan Lahiri Mahasaya, the Samadhi Shrine of Mahayogi Sri Trailanga Swami, Sankat Mochan Temple, Aghorapeeth, to name a few. The pilgrimage tour is designed keeping in mind the spiritual travellers, who would love to spend quality time at each of these places.
Day OneGanga Aarti
We will receive you at the airport/railway station and will proceed to the hotel for check-in. In the evening, we will head towards Dasaswamedh Ghat to witness Ganga Aarti. The Hindus revere the river Ganges as a holy river and the Ganga Aarti is an age-old tradition of ritualistic worship of the holy river. After the Aarti, we will visit (optional) the nearby Kashi Vishwanath Temple, which is the most important pilgrimage place for Hindus in Varanasi. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the hotel.
Day’s excursion will begin with a visit to the ashram of Sri Anandamayi Ma. Sri Anandamayi Ma would stay in this ashram during her visits to Varanasi. The upper floor of the ashram has a temple of Goddess. The idol of Goddess is made with the personal jewels of Sri Ma. Sri Daya Mata – the former Sanghamata of Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India, had visited this ashram on 15th September 1959 to take the blessings of Sri Ma. After the visit to the ashram, we will have a boat ride on the holy river Ganges. A boat ride is the best way to have a rendezvous with the ancient ghats of Varanasi. The cool breeze blowing over the river and the spiritual vibration of the ghats bring a refreshing and rejuvenating effect. Later in the day, we will proceed to Sarnath where Lord Buddha had given his first sermon. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.[/]
Day ThreeKabir Chaura Math
Post breakfast, we will visit the Samadhi Shrine of Mahayogi Trailanga Swami, which is located at Panchaganga Ghat. Trailanga Swami was a contemporary of Kriya Yoga Guru Lahiri Mahasaya and was an illumined saint, who was often found floating on the waters of the river Ganges for days together. After spending some peaceful and meditative time at his Samadhi, we will then visit the Samadhi Shrine of yet another saint of highest order- Kabir. Kabir was a medieval saint, whose couplets filled with wisdom to realize divinity, continues to be popular among the masses, even after so many years of his Samadhi . His relics are also preserved at the shrine.
Later in the day, we will visit the ancient temple of Lord Hanuman, which is known as Sankat Mochan Temple. The temple was founded by Saint Tulsidas. He was an ardent devotee of Lord Rama and had the vision of Lord Hanuman at this place. We will then proceed to visit Aghorapeeth and the residence of Lahiri Mahasaya. Aghorapeeth is the Varanasi seat of the ancient sect of Aghora. Aghorapeeth was founded by Aghoracharya Baba Kinaram in the seventeenth century. The Krim Kund (holy water tank) inside the ashram is the place where Baba Kinaram had the darshan of Lord Dattatreya (an incarnation of Lord Shiva). After the visit to Aghorapeeth, you will have time for shopping. Varanasi is known for its silk saris and embroidered kurtas and is also a good place to shop for Rudraksha beads. We will be back in the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Early morning we will head for the Bengali Tola area of Varanasi to visit the residence of Sri Shyamacharan Lahiri Mahasaya. This is the house from where Lahiri Mahasaya anchored the revival of Kriya Yoga. We will also visit the nearby residence of the Lahiris called Satyaloka (the abode of truth). Satyaloka enshrines the holy ashes of Lahiri Mahasaya, his son Sri Tincori Lahiri and that of his grandson Sri Satyacharan Lahiri. We will then head back to hotel for breakfast. Post breakfast, we will drop you at the airport/railway station for departure to your desired destination.
For a group of twelve persons:
- The travel cost per person on a twin sharing basis is Rs 12,300.
- The travel cost per person on a single occupancy basis is Rs 15,500.
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- Cost of transport in an air-conditioned vehicle.
- Cost of accommodation at a standard hotel (four star or a five star hotel) with complimentary breakfast.
- English speaking tour leader and/or guide charges.
- Entrance fee for Sarnath Museum and Sarnath Buddhist site.
- Service Tax
- Cost of lunch and any meal/ snacks/ drinks ordered at the hotel/restaurants apart from those mentioned in the inclusions.
- Expenses of personal nature like tips, laundry, phone calls etc.
- Anything apart from those mentioned in the inclusions.
For children up to 11 years of age, child fare is applicable.
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On request, this pilgrimage can be organized at any time of the year.
pilgrimage to varanasi
- On request, it is possible to customize the itinerary of the pilgrimage. In those cases, the pilgrimage cost will differ.
- One may visit Varanasi at any time in a year. During the summer months (from April to June), temperatures soar to a high in the thirties, so those who would want to avoid summer months, may visit it anytime from September to March when the climate is more agreeable. December to February are the winter months, so all those visiting during this period, should carry warm clothing with them.
- We request women travellers from the western countries to give thoughtful consideration to the fact that the dress culture is on the conservative side in this part of the world and thus dress accordingly to avoid unwanted attention.
- Umbrellas and caps are always a must when visiting India and one should not forget to carry the cushion for meditation and Yoga mat with them.