The land of salvation – Varanasi is a beautiful place that is popularly known as Kashi and often as Banaras. Considered as the holiest city of India, Varanasi keeps a significant place in north India tourism that is filled with all sorts of tourist attractions. Legend has that Varanasi was established by Lord Shiva as his home where could live with his consort Goddess Parvati. It is located charmingly on the bank of Holy Ganges River. The place also has the mention in the Indian epics Mahabharata and Ramayana.
With glorious history and rich sites Varanasi has made a special place among the travellers. For this we have brought to you this amazing heritage tour walk in Varanasi that will fill you with the essence of true Indian spirit.
There are plenty of options to enjoy the heritage of this beautiful city. One of the major ways is walking through Heritage Lanes of the city and exploring various sites.
So let us start with the walking tour to Vishwanath Temple which is one of the most prominent places in terms of cultural and financial area of Varanasi. Vishwanath Temple also holds a prominent place in temple tours of India that is visited by lakhs of tourists from all over the world. After a visit to Vishwanath Temple you can also take a visit to Gautameshwar Mahadev, also known as Golden Temple of Varanasi.
Apart from these two, you can also explore the historical mosques, old and hidden alleys and bazaars along with the markets, ancient building and world’s biggest crematorium at Manikarnika Ghat that will fill you with unforgettable and unique walking experience. You tour under this will start with Assi Ghat and will end to Dashaswamedh Ghat and in between you will visit Lonark Kund, Kedar Ghat, Annapurna Temple and many more place which are the prominent places.
Other option of the Varanasi Heritage Walk includes walking tour to Old Kashi. The heritage walk in Varanasi will include strolling through narrow five feet alley to widest road of the city. While walking through these historical markets and ancient puzzle alleys, the city will take you to entirely different world. Through your walking tour you will also get a chance to explore the 400 years old saree market with spice and grain market, magnificent mosque and various Mughals will offer you the real sense of this ancient city named Kashi.
The Varanasi walking tour start generally with Adikeshaw Ghat and ends at Lord Kaal Bhairon temple, in between you will visit Akhara, ancient saree market, narrow old markets and many other places. This walking tour definitely runs for 2 to 3 hours and generally starts in the wee hours of morning.
Then there is a Buddhist Trail to Sarnath Temple. This is also one of the finest places in India that makes a perfect India tour packages. Sarnath is one of the finest Buddhist places in India and keeps a prominent place in Buddhist tourism. Sarnath is the very place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon after he attains enlightenment. While going through this heritage walk, you would see many Buddhist structures that were classically built during 3rd century BC to 11th century AD.
So this Buddhist trail will start from your Varanasi arrival. This mesmerizing Buddhist place is located 30 minutes from Varanasi. You will start travelling to this amazing place and explore marvelous ancient architecture such as Chaukhandi Stupa, Dhamek Stupa complex and Mugandha Kunti Vihara. There is also a spectacular museum namely “The Archaeological Museum” that includes the highlights from the Lion Capital of Ashoka.
This heritage walk would run for 4 to 6 hours and then you can return back to your destination. If you wish you can also take a day stay at Sarnath and enjoy these amazing Buddhist sites. Not only India but people from all over the world visit Sarnath, especially from Thailand, Japan, Tibet and Myanmar which are the major destination of Buddhist culture.
The last in our list come the walk at cremation grounds and Ashrams. The cremation ground at Varanasi is the biggest one in the world. It is believed that the one who gave away his or her life here and cremate here will get free from the circle of birth and re-birth.
Through Varanasi tours you would explore the Ashrams, Sadhus, ghats and narrow alleys of the city which will tell you many things about the magnificent and ancient history of this holy city. While being on this amazing tour you would be able to explore sites such as Assi Ghat, Lonark Kund, Kedar Ghat and many more. Each and every place has its own importance and story associated with it. The tour will start generally with Assi Ghat and end at Dashaswemedha Ghat where you will love the magnificent Ganga Aarti in the evening time.
The duration of the tour might take 4 hours approximately and the best time to take a stroll through the alleys of Varanasi under this walk is also different under different season. During summer the journey will start with 3 PM and in winters the journey will start at around 2 PM approximately.
All these tours will be full of entertainment and that fulfills your tour experience, knowledge and that gives you the memories for the life time. All tours well-guide, well-organized and well-maintained.