Embark on this captivating journey that traverses the spiritual landscapes and historical tapestries of North India. From the sacred confluence of the Ganga and Yamuna rivers in Allahabad to the tranquil river sail connecting the gems of Sitamadhi Ghat, Murdghat, and Mirzapur, every step unveils the essence of spirituality and culture. Immerse yourself in Varanasi’s vibrant aura, where the Ganges mirrors devotion, and witness the ethereal sunrise boat cruise. Explore Sarnath’s sacred teachings and the fusion of tradition and modernity at Banaras Hindu University. This tour curates a profound experience, taking you on a transformative journey through history, spirituality, and cultural heritage, leaving you with indelible memories and a deeper connection to the soul of North India.
Embark on a mesmerizing expedition as you journey from Delhi to the sacred city of Allahabad, characterized by its confluence of the Ganga and Yamuna rivers, a site revered for its spiritual significance. Uncover the historical tapestry of this ancient city, once named Prayag, where Akbar himself left his mark. Traverse through remnants of British colonial architecture as you explore the city’s hidden gems.
Set sail on the tranquil waters of the Ganga, traversing the picturesque landscapes from Sitamadhi Ghat to Murdghat, where riverside camping immerses you in nature’s embrace. Sail onwards to Mirzapur, a hub of craftsmanship known for its handwoven textiles and brassware. Varanasi, the “City of Light,” beckons with its ethereal aura, where the Ganges mirrors the spiritual devotion of pilgrims. Experience the timeless essence of Sarnath, where Lord Buddha shared his wisdom, and Banaras Hindu University embodies a blend of tradition and learning. Witness the sunrise on the Ganges, a sacred spectacle, and explore Varanasi’s temples that resonate with the soul of the city.
Your journey concludes as you depart from Varanasi, carrying the echoes of sacred waters, historical stories, and spiritual enlightenment within you.
Allahabad: This tour commences in Allahabad, a city steeped in religious and historical significance. Known as Prayag in ancient times, it stands at the confluence of the holy Ganga and Yamuna rivers, a site where numerous pilgrims gather to seek spiritual solace. Explore its rich past, from the sacrifice commemorated by Lord Brahma to its role as an important cantonment during British rule.
Sitamadhi Ghat and Murdghat: Embark on a serene river journey from Sitamadhi Ghat to Murdghat, navigating the tranquil waters of the Ganga. As you sail, experience the essence of river life and immerse yourself in the scenic landscapes that unfold along the banks. Camp by the riverside at Murdghat, connecting with nature in a unique way.
Mirzapur: Sail further downstream to Mirzapur, a city renowned for its exquisite handwoven textiles and intricate brassware. The Ganga’s waters mirror the city’s historical and artistic richness, making for an immersive experience as you pitch your camp on its picturesque banks.
Varanasi: Embrace the spiritual heart of India in Varanasi, the oldest living city in the world. The Ganges’ banks echo with prayers, rituals, and devotion, epitomizing the city’s sacred significance. Immerse yourself in its vibrant culture as you witness the sunrise boat cruise, explore temples like Kashi Vishwanath and Bharat Mata, and delve into the historical marvels.
Sarnath: Discover Sarnath, the place where Lord Buddha shared his teachings after attaining enlightenment. This sacred site bears witness to the foundations of Buddhism, with ancient structures and a serene ambiance that invites reflection and contemplation.
Banaras Hindu University: Experience a blend of tradition and modern education at Banaras Hindu University. Founded by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, this institution is dedicated to Indian art, culture, and music. Explore the vibrant campus, which reflects the essence of both ancient knowledge and contemporary learning.
Detailed Tour Plan
DAY 01: DELHI – ALLAHABAD
Report at Delhi Railway Station to board overnight train to Allahabad.
ALLAHABAD : one of the sacred cities of Hinduism & also one of the oldest in India. Formely known as Prayag, in commemoration of a sacrifice by Lord Brahama, Allahabad stands at the confluence of two of India’s holiest rivers, the Ganga & the Yamuna. The Sangam as the confluence is called, is the venue of many sacred fairs & rituals and attracts thousand of pilgrims throughout the year. Akbar visited Prayag in 1575 & founded a new city by the name of Illahas, which has now become a modern Allahabad. The city was an important cantonment during the British Raj and has now some beautiful remains of colonial architecture.
DAY 02: ALLAHABAD – SITAMADHI – MURDGHAT
Met upon arrival at Allahabad Railway Station and proceed to hotel for breakfast, wash and change. If time permits take a short tour of Anand Bhawan (the birth place of first Prime Minister of India, Late Jawahar Lal Nehru), etc.
After the short sightseeing drive to Sitamadhi Ghat approx 70 kms in 01 to 02 hrs. Set sail upon arrival.
Lunch will be served on boat. Sail till 1800 hrs to arrive at Murdghat by covering appox 30 kms and pitch up tents on the river bank for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 03: MURDGHAT – MIRZAPUR
Morning after breakfast start sailing further downstream, eastwards to reach Mirzapur by covering appox 50 kms. If you are lucky you can catch the wind and sail smoothly and can feel the speed also.
Lunch will be served on boat around 1200 hrs. En-route visit the Hindu temple dedicated to the Goddess Kali who is the gardien of Vindhyachal Mountain Ranges by noon. Sail further towards Mirzapur. Mirzapur is well known for its Hand Woven Cotton, Woolen Carpets and Brass ware. Arrive and pitchup camp beyond Mirzapur on the banks of the river for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 04: MIRZAPUR – VARANASI
Morning after breakfast sail towards Varanasi. Enroute visit Medieval Fort of Chunar, built by legendry King Vikramaditya, appox at 0800 hrs. Now the fort has been converted as training centre for the Uttar Pradesh Police. You are allowed to see only a little portion. On the way to the fort there is a Cemetery of Britishers who had a short spell of power at Chunar.
Sail further towards Varanasi, stopping at Ramnagar to see the Palace Museum with its collection of weapons of different types, Palinquins, Ivory Items, Cars etc. appox at 1200 hrs.
Lunch is served on the boat. River trip terminates at the first of the ghats, Lanka Ghat. Met upon arrival and transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 05: VARANASI
VARANASI : Also known as Banaras. It is one of the oldest living cities in the world & the ultimate pilgrimage for Hindus who believe that to die in the city is to attain instant salvation. Situation on the banks of the Ganga, Varanasi is the tract of holy land lying between the rivers Varuna & Assi which flow into Ganga. Varanasi is also known as Kashi, the city of light, since on of the twelve “Jyotirlingas” are installed here.
Morning after breakfast proceed to SARNATH . After Lord Buddha attained enlightenment in Bodhgaya he came to Sarnath. Several Buddhist structures were raised at Sarnath between the 3rd century BC & the 11th century AD.
Afternoon visit the famous Banaras Hindu University. One of the oldest educational University in India. Founded by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya as a centre for the study of Indian art, culture, music & also for sanskrit. Return to the hotel for dinner & overnight stay.
DAY 06: VARANASI
Early morning proceed for the exciting Boat Cruise on the Holy River Ganges to witness the Sunrise. You can see locals as well as pilgrims standing in waist deep water praying to the rising sun and offering flowers and lighting oil lamps. On the ghats is situated the cremation ground where nearby itself people are engaged in washing cloths, vessels, animals.
Enjoy the cruise and proceed for a short Temple tour covering Kashi Vishwanath temple also known as Golden Temple (Entry is restricted here) one can see the golden domes from the roof of an adjacent building, Bharat Mata temple (which is dedicated to whole of India), Kali Temple (known as Monkey temple because of their presence at all times).
After lunch departure transfer to railway station in time to board the train for Delhi. Overnight in the train.
DAY 07: DELHI
Morning arrive at Delhi Railway Station.
End of Tour
FAQs about the Tour
Q: What is the best way to reach Allahabad for this tour?
A: The tour begins with an overnight train journey from Delhi to Allahabad, ensuring a comfortable and convenient mode of travel.
Q: What is the significance of Allahabad’s confluence of the Ganga and Yamuna rivers?
A: Allahabad’s confluence, known as the Sangam, holds immense spiritual significance in Hinduism. It’s believed that a sacrifice by Lord Brahma took place here, making it a revered pilgrimage site.
Q: Can you provide more details about sailing from Sitamadhi Ghat to Murdghat?
A: The river journey allows you to experience the tranquil beauty of the Ganga’s waters and its surrounding landscapes. Camping on the riverside at Murdghat adds a unique touch to your nature-filled experience.
Q: What is the historical and artistic significance of Mirzapur?
A: Mirzapur is renowned for its exquisite handwoven textiles and intricate brassware, reflecting the city’s historical and artistic prowess.
Q: How does Varanasi resonate with spirituality and cultural exploration?
A: Varanasi, also known as Banaras, is one of the oldest living cities in the world. Its Ganges ghats echo with prayers, rituals, and a deep sense of spirituality, while its temples and historical sites offer cultural insights.
Q: Can you elaborate on the significance of Sarnath on this tour?
A: Sarnath is the place where Lord Buddha shared his teachings after attaining enlightenment. It’s a sacred site for Buddhists and carries deep historical and spiritual importance.
Q: What does the visit to Banaras Hindu University entail?
A: Banaras Hindu University is a renowned educational institution founded by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya. It is dedicated to Indian art, culture, and music, providing a blend of tradition and modern learning.
Q: How does the sunrise boat cruise on the Ganges enhance the experience?
A: The sunrise boat cruise allows you to witness locals and pilgrims engaging in prayers and rituals along the Ganges’ banks, creating a sacred and serene atmosphere.
Q: Are there shopping opportunities during the tour, particularly for handicrafts?
A: Yes, Mirzapur is known for its handwoven textiles and brassware, providing opportunities for shopping and experiencing the local craftsmanship.
Q: How does the tour conclude?
A: The tour concludes with a return journey to Delhi, bringing you back full circle to your point of departure, with memories of spiritual sites, historical marvels, and cultural exploration.
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