It’s Not Only Religious !!
About Backpacking Trip to Varanasi :
An opportunity to explore more on less. Travel solo! Or with friends whole point of this tour is that you don’t have to do much planning all the essentials have already been taken care for you. Travelling with like minded people in Backpacking Style. It is the most fun , safe and budget friendly way to travel. So are you ready to Escape, Explore, Dicover! Life?
Backpackers Brace yourself. You’re about to enter one of the most divine blindingly colorful, unrelentingly chaotic and unapologetic-ally indiscreet places on earth. Varanasi Also known as Banaras or Kashi, A city, as old as history itself considered as one of the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. The dimly lit Ghats and Artis on them, the serene flow of the river Ganga & peaceful boat ride on them , the calls of ‘har-har Mahadev‘ in the city lanes & mouthwatering street food on them , From burning Ghats to Medieval temples, Museums to Universities , Hinduism to Buddhism, The Hippes to Aghori Saddhus everything makes Varanasi, the most vibrant and timeless city of India. Varanasi is certainly not for the faint-hearted. It takes either thirst for travel adventure or passion for the divine to dive headlong into this city. the experience is in watching the spectacle of life and death on the river and meandering through the alleys of the old city offering photographer & travellers a unique perspective to the soul of India.
SHORT INFO & DATES
Outing Date : 22nd-25th December 2018
Category : Backpacking India
Duration : 03 Nights / 04 Days
Train Suggestions :
Onwards Journey : 15107 / Gorakhpur Exp. / LTT-BSB / DEP.06.35 / ARV.12.40
Return Journey : 12142 / Ppta Ltt Exp./ MGS-LTT/ DEP.14.50/ARV.15.15
- Cheeta Ghat-Manikaran Ghat, Harishchandra Ghat
- Explore Varanasi
- Temple Hopping
- Ghat Hopping
- Enlightenment at Sarnath
Day 00 : Gorakhpur Exp / LTT-BSB (06:35 am-12:40 pm)
Day 01 – 22nd December 2017 : Welcome To Varanasi
Reaching Varanasi railway station we head out straight to old city through the hustling lanes in a tuk-tuk . A stay at super hip centrally located backpackers friendly hostel is arranged for us.(Don’t you just love bunkbeds!) Rest for while and we are ready to get celebrate Ganga as we walk along banks of holy River. A continuous stretch of 87 ghats are waiting for you However around 25 are iconic and worth some time we will cover few of them today. we will begin our Ghat hoping from Dasawamedh Ghat it is the heart of the action and the top attraction in Varanasi. One of the oldest and holiest Varanasi ghats, A touristy thing to do is take a boat ride along the river highly recommend to A walk along the ghats is more fascinating experience as you pass through chilling Harishchandra Ghat (Burning or cremation Ghat) , Darbhanga Ghat is a favorite! As It’s one of the most visually appealing, and architecturally impressive eventually eventually Assi Ghat where the Ganges River meets the river Assi Ghat at the extreme southern end of the main ghats, hence it’s not as crowded , scenic and peaceful. By evening We return back in Dasaswamedh Ghat either by boat or walk to attend the renowned The Maha Ganga Aarti (7pm) from the Steps or in the Boats. Over night at Hostel.
Day 2 – 23rd December 2017 : Explore Varanasi
Today early Morning 5.30-6.00 Get your cameras, taste buds and walking shoes ready…No siesta as you head right out ! Sunrise through Cold foggy morning are waiting for you. (Early morning boat ride highly recommend) Post breakfast We conquer north stretch of main Ghats starting with Man Mandir Ghat which is worth checking out for its exquisite Rajput architecture. Built in 1600., the observatory The astronomical instruments are still in good condition and it’s possible to take a look at them. (Head up to the spacious terrace for fabulous views of both banks ) Next Manikarnika Ghat, the main and bigger burning ghat compared to Harishchandra Ghat. Just beyond it Panchganga Ghat, as its name indicates, is where five rivers are supposed to meet. Dominating the ghat is Aurangzeb’s smaller mosque, also known as the Alamgir Mosque. Gai Ghat has a figure of a cow made of stone.. Nepali Hindu Temple, (near Lalita Ghat). A small golden temple, built in Nepali architecture Afternoon we explore food in back alleys of ghats where you get everything and we mean everything from chat bhandar to lassi, Italian pizza to Mediterranean cuisine ! Head back to hostel and relax.
Day 3 – 24th December 2017 : Temple Hopping
Being the most venerated pilgrim place in Hindu religion, Varanasi is said to be a museum of temples. Also called the city of temples, Varanasi is home to about 2,000 temples. People from all parts of India as well as the world come to Varanasi to visit these temples, making the holy temples of Varanasi amongst the most visited temples in India. Most of the temples that are located on the Ganga Ghats are old and date back to the medieval period.
1. Mrityunjay Mahadeva Temple
2. Kalbhairav temple
3. Sri Kashi Vishawanath Temple
4. Sri Gauri Kedareshwar Temple
5. Sri Durga Devi Temple
6. Sankat Mochan – Lord Hanuman
7. Tulsi Manas – Lord Ram
8. Birla Vishwanath Mandir – Lord Shiva
9. Aghori Temple Sinking Shiva temple near the Scindia Ghat Aghoracharya Baba! Afternoon at (BHU) Banaras Hindu University
Day 4 – 25th December 2017 : Enlightenment at Sarnath
Morning we leave for Sarnath, located just 12 km from the Hindu holy city of Varanasi, is the site of the deer park where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma after his enlightenment. Sarnath is one of four holy Buddhist sites sanctioned by the Buddha himself for pilgrimage. Sarnath is calm and serene away from the madding crowd, give a quiet visit to Sarnath and you will feel in a completely whole new world! Chaukhandi Stupa is said to be built originally as a terraced temple in 4 th to 6 th century during the Gupta period. Dhameka or Dhamekha Stupa, Lord Buddha delivered the first discourse of his Dhamma and the famous eight-fold path here. Another significant structure at Sarnath is the remains of the Dharmarajika Stupa, just a short distance from the Dhamekh Stupa. According to archaeologists Dharmarajika Stupa contained the bones of the Buddha. Constructed during Ashoka’s reign. As you walk away from the archaeological ruins, you can see the Sarnath Archaeological Museum . The ASI museum houses a number of artifacts related to Buddhist art as well as many images and sculptures of Hindu Gods recovered during excavations in the region. The Mulagandhakuti Vihara temple, built by the Sri Lankan Mahabodhi Society, is one of the many Buddhist temples in Sarnath and probably the most famous. A few meters away from the Mulagandhakuti Vihara temple is the holy Bodhivriksha(the Bodhi Tree). The Bodhi tree the most sacred tree for Buddhists as Lord Buddha attained enlightenment sitting under this tree only. The Bodhi Tree of Sarnath was planted from a branch taken from the Sri Maha Bodhi tree of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. Catch train from Varanasi Junction we need to catch train on 02:00 pm in the afternoon.
Day 5 – 26th December 2017 : Back to the Mumbai
Back to Mumbai by 03:00 pm
Tour concludes with Happy memories. :D
Important Note : This is Guided Backpacking version of Trip . Our Itineraries are carefully put together by our backpacking experts aiming to cover & experience some lesser known must-see offbeat places in India in backpacking style. Our trips are the perfect way to rediscover and socialize yourself with like minded backpackers while you explore the unexplored places in India which are offbeat and general tourist often skip because of the obscure nature of these locales. After all, Columbus wouldn’t be Columbus if he’d stuck to taking the same journey again and again, right? Occasionally backpacking trips might !
This is Guided Backpacking version of Trip. Our Itineraries are carefully put together by our backpacking experts aiming to cover & experience some lesser known must-see offbeat places in India in backpacking style. Our trips are the perfect way to rediscover yourself and socialize yourself with like minded backpackers while you explore the unexplored places in India which are offbeat and general tourist often skip because of the obscure nature of these locales. After all, Columbus wouldn’t be Columbus if he’d stuck to taking the same journey again and again, right? Occasionally backpacking trips might be bit low on leisure but always high on experiences as you enjoy local street food, interact with locals , or sharing a dorm,hostel or home-stay with other fellow travelers at some breathtaking locations across India .
“Life is all about courage and going in to unknowns”
Tour Price : Rs.8,500/- per person+Tax as applicable
For Lifetime Members : Rs.8,000/- per members+Tax as applicable
For Lifetime Membership Details (Rs.1000/- only), click here
- Daily Breakfast.
- Local Street food at evening (Lassi, Sweet , Bhang ;) , Chat )
- 04 Nights accommodation in Hostels
- All Intercity and Intra city transfers & Long distance sightseeing (Varanasi ) By vehicle and fun ride at Cycle Riksha .
- An experienced backpacking expert & a Friend who will help you take the hassle out of your travel .
- Taxes as applicable
- Lunch and dinner as we want you to try out local Cuisines & not restrict to particular restaurant, we have left that option to you. (Off course we have tons of secret food joint list would be happy to share with you.)
- Entry tickets & Guide fees (Some like museum some don’t so why pay us if you don’t).
- Train tickets (Mumbai – Varanasi – Mumbai) .
- Anything other than mentioned above.
Cancellation & Refund Policy :
- If Tour/Event/Activity cancellation done by participant prior to 45 days of Tour/Event/Activity 100% of total price will be refunded. (Condition Apply- Check Note Below)
- If Tour/Event/Activity cancellation done by participant prior to 30 days of Tour/Event/Activity 75% of total price will be refunded.
- If Tour/Event/Activity cancellation done by participant prior to 21 days of Tour/Event/Activity 50% of total price will be refunded.
- If Tour/Event/Activity cancellation done by participant prior to 15 days of Tour/Event/Activity 25% of total price will be refunded.
- After that no refund will be provided on Tour/Event/Activity cancellation done by participant, irrespective even if you’ve booked within the last 15 days of Tour
*Free consultation and assistance from packing your backpack to choosing lens for your Camera (pre or post trip extended days)
THINGS TO CARRY
1. Gov approved Id proof Compulsory ( NO Pan Card)
2. A Backpack
3. A Day Backpack to hold camera and essential during sightseeing .
4. Jacket or Similar it do get pretty cold at times during nights.
5. Beachwear in case you decide to swim.
6. Torch (Must)
7. Personal Medicines If any
8. Cap, Shades, Sun-screen etc….
9. Sport shoes or Good quality Floaters
10. Camera (Optional)
11. Sanitary Kit
FAQ’s For Backpacking Trips
1. What’s the age range of the Group trip?
– We have travelers from all the groups of age. Since this is an offbeat backpacking travelling community, The majority of travelers are between the age group of 20-40 belonging from various professional sectors.
2. I am travelling solo for the first time . how can i expect my experience to be ?
– Most of our travelers here are solo . No one has a prior acquaintance with anybody other than on the community. It is going to be like the first day of school or college or office, excitement of meeting new people with the thrill of the trip. Do not expect anything less than an adventure. Absolutely, that’s the beauty of small group travel. You will make friends quickly and your Tour lead will become a good source of support to you along the way too!
3. Are single traveler mainly male or female?
Most of our trips split pretty evenly down gender lines. We average roughly 60:40 female-to-males, so you’ll never feel outnumbered.
4. How can i be sure i am safe ?
– We follow a set of safety rules to make your travel experience physically and mentally safe. Our team is well trained and equipped to handle any kind of situations. Also we send precaution note for most of our trips couple of days
5. What if i want room to myself ?
-The fun of travelling in groups is sharing of rooms. We recommend that you share the room with fellow travelers for better bonding and understanding. Somehow, if you wish to have a separate room anyway, that can be possible for additional amount depending upon the accommodation.
6. How much freedom do i have during a Backpacking trip ?
-Every trip has an well designed itinerary to make most out of the destination or event. Group travel are all about experiences . However If any point of time, you feel like exploring the things by yourself or would like to skip a day at stay back apart from set Itinerary, you have the freedom to do so yes only after consulting with tour Lead (Remember Traveler adhere the additional cost if any ;) ). Not everybody likes museums like no everyone enjoys shopping.
Essential Checklist :
Our number one piece of advice is: collect everything you think you need…
Almost everyone brings far too much stuff. We like to travel light. However, everyone has different wants and needs, so make sure you bring the stuff that makes you happy when travelling!
1. Should i bring Backpack or Suitcase ?
– Either is completely fine! Personally, we would recommend a backpack as it easier to carry around when going from trains to boats (and easier to lift above your head when standing knee-deep in water ;)).
2. Parents often worry about the safety of their progeny. This is completely understandable.
– It’s why a group tour is ideal for any first-time traveller… you are mostly in the company of other travellers, so are far less likely to get into trouble than if you were travelling solo. We try to ensure the safety of all our travellers, however we are also against the ‘babysitting’ approach of other tour companies. This means a healthy amount of individual space, with a base understanding that everyone is a self-sufficient, responsible adult.
3. What are accommodation like ?
– During the tour you will be staying in varied places (one being the night train! during travel). However, most nights you will be staying in twin or Triple rooms/Hostels/Havelis/Nature Camps etc.. with a fellow Travellers. Our accommodation are comfortable and safe and we strive to get you guys in the best locations – so some mornings you’ll be waking up on a lake, and others right on the beach!
4. How fit do I need to be?
– You don’t have to be an athlete to travel with us – all walks and activities are optional and there is something for everyone.
5. Do I need to bring a sleeping bag or mosquito net?
– You don’t need to bring a sleeping bag unless informed but a sleeping bag liner/ inner is advisable. You don’t need to bring a mosquito net but we do recommend getting bug repellent.
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