This 7 day Best of Spiritual Uttar Pradesh Tour is best suited for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims as well as those wanting to know about Hinduism and Buddhism. During this spiritual journey, you will be covering the popular Hindu pilgrimage sites of Varanasi (Benaras) and Ayodhya as well as the Buddhist site of Bodh Gaya.
- Walk through the by-lanes of Varanasi
- Explore the numerous ghats and temples of Varanasi – Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Sankat Mochan Mandir,Bharat Mata Mandir, Durga Mandir, and Tulsi Manas Mandir.
- Enjoy evening aarti on the banks of the Ganges
- Go for a sunrise/sunset cruise on the Ganges
- Witness the ‘Sangam’ of the rivers- Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati at Prayagraj (Allahabad)
- Enjoy an excursion to Sarnath where the Buddha is said to have delivered his very first sermon after achieving his enlightenment
- Visit Gaya where the Buddha attained enlightenment beneath a sacred Bodhi Tree.
- Visit the Mahabodhi temple (UNESCO Heritage site)
- Visit Ayodhya ,the city where Lord Rama was born. Visit Hanuman Garhi, Kanak Bhawan and Ram Katha Museum.
Day 01: Arrival in Varanasi
Once you have reached Varanasi -the oldest cities in the world, you will be transferred and checked in to your hotel. Evening is free for you to explore this holy city with its numerous bylanes and ghats. Overnight at hotel in Benaras.
Day 02: Full Day Varanasi Temple Tour with Ganga Aarti
Early morning, we will go on a boat ride to witness the glorious sunrise. Return to hotel for breakfast,after which we will begin with our full day of temple tour where we will visit spiritual centers like Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Sankat Mochan Mandir,Bharat Mata Mandir, Durga Mandir, and Tulsi Manas Mandir. The Kashi Vishwanath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is one of the oldest and major temples for the Hindus. In the evening , witness the Ganga aarti on the ghats of the Ganga River before retiring back to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 03: Excursion to Sarnath
Today you will be embark on an excursion of Sarnath. Sarnath is associated with the Buddha ,and is the place where Gautama Buddha is said to have delivered his very first sermon after achieving his enlightenment. At Sarnath you will be covering places like – Dhamek Stupa, Chaukhandi Stupa and the Sarnath archaeological museum. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Varanasi
Day 04: Varanasi – Prayagraj (Allahabad) – Varanasi
After an early breakfast, we will undertake a 3-hour road journey to visit Allahabad, now known as Prayagraj.
Allahabad is the site where the famous Kumbh mela takes place every 12 years. The next Kumbh Mela is schedule for 2025 and is an not to be missed event. At Prayagraj/Allahabad we will embark on a half day sightseeing tour of the city where we will visit Allahabad Fort, Allahabad Museum, Anand Bhawan, Swaraj Bhawan and the sangam where the Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati meet. Evening return to Varanasi for nightstay.
Day 05: Varanasi – Bodhgaya
Today we will leave Varanasi for a 5 hours journey to Bodhgaya, an important pilgrimage site for the Buddhist. It is here at Bodhgaya that the Buddha attained enlightenment beneath a sacred Bodhi Tree. Here we will visit the 80-foot (25-meter) Buddha Statue as well the Mahabodhi Temple, now an UNESCO Heritage site. Overnight at a hotel in Bodhgaya.
Day 06: Bodhgaya – Gaya – Varanasi
After breakfast we will travel a distance of 12 km to Gaya for a visit to the pious Vishnupad Mandir. After lunch, we will make our way back to Varanasi. Overnight at a hotel in Varanasi.
Day 07: Varanasi – Ayodhya
Early in the morning post breakfast, we will head for the destination of Ayodhya. Ayodhya located on the banks of the River Sarayu is where Lord Rama , an avatar of Lord Vishnu was born. We will visit Hanuman Garhi, Kanak Bhawan and Ram Katha Museum. Overnight at Ayodhya