A WALKING TOUR OF BENARAS (IN LANES & BY-LANES)
03 Nights / 04 Days
Arrive Varanasi,Transfer to hotel for check in.After lunch proceed for sightseeing of lanes & by lanes of Banaras or Kashi which is said to be the oldest living city on the Earth. Very few cities in the world have such narrow serpentine lanes where sun-light touches the surface for only few minutes. There exist not only one or two such lanes and bye lanes forming labyrinth, one can walk in these lanes from one end of the city to the other end without coming out on the motor able road. Some of the famous Varanasi lanes & by-lanes are:-Vishwanath Gali(Lane), Kachauri Gali, Khova Gali, Nandan Sahu Lane, Kalika Gali, Chitraghanta Gali, Brahamnala Gali, Nepali Khapada Gali, Bangali Tola Gali, Kali Mohal Gali, Garhvasi Tola Gali, Someshwar Gali, Gola Gali, Pathar Gali, Anandmai Lane & Sankata Gali.In the evening proceed towards Dashashwamedh ghat for Ganga Aarti.After that back to hotel for overnight stay.
Early Morning at 5am to 6am proceed for boat ride.After Breakfast proceed for another walk(from 7am to 10am) in these lanes where you meet famous scholars and craftsmen, artists and artisans, priests and pandas, agents and pageants, aristocrats and commoners,and of course a pakka (real) banarasi, par excellence with his unique lifestyle and philosophy of ‘masti’ (enjoy), who knows to drink the life to the lees. Back to hotel for lunch 7 take rest.Again in the eve come out for walk tour(from 4.30pm to 7.30pm) You find famous shrines & temples of almost all The religious sects of India.In these lanes almost, transactions of millions are being done of Banarasi sarees and silk products, carpets, metal wares,toys and what not.If you are in search of Banarasi taste in these lanes you will get famous kachauris, sweets, malai, chuda matar, kulfi, and world famous‘Thandai’. Apart from these things final touch will be with banarasi paan (Beetle leaf) and believe me,each shop in the lane (alley) has its own flavor and style. Overnight Stay at hotel.
Another wonderful day for sightseeing of Sarnath & after returning for your olfactory pleasure, (from 7am to 10am) these lanes provide you again with fragrant flowers and garlands.Garlands around your neck will provide soothing fragrance for several hours.You find ‘Itra’ (oily scents) shops in certain lanes,which avail you,Itra of gulab,khas,chameli, juhi.For your ears, these lanes provide you soul stirring Banarasi music –Shahnai, Sitar, Tabala, Sarangi.Yes, meet a semi naked carefree Banarasi with a loin cloth (G-string) around his waist. He follows tradition,he is dressed.Cloth around his waist is Gamacha-a multipurpose piece of cloth. You can use it as a towel,tie it as turban or use as carry bag,off course,you can cover you back or use it as duster.Affectionately,gamacha is called flag of Banaras. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast you can go for shopping of handicrafts.After then proceed towards airport/railway station for departure.