4 Day Khajuraho Varansi Extension

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4 Day Khajuraho Varansi Extension

A visit to the center of a collection of the finest sculptures and erotic depictions, as well as, a dip along the ancient holy city on the bank of the Ganges, the Khajuraho – Varanasi tour takes you quite literally to the heart of the country where art, religion and spirituality take center stage.



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4 Day Khajuraho Varansi Extension

A visit to the center of a collection of the finest sculptures and erotic depictions, as well as, a dip along the ancient holy city on the bank of the Ganges, the Khajuraho – Varanasi tour takes you quite literally to the heart of the country where art, religion and spirituality take center stage.

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  • Day 1: Agra to Jhansi and Jhansi to Khajuraho

    Our representative will help you in transit from Agra to Jhansi via train. In Jhansi you will be comfortably seated in our vehicle for the onward road journey to Khajuraho.
     

    Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh is home to some of the world’s most stunning sculptures and arts. The splendid temple complexes were built during the reign of the Chandela dynasty between 9th and 10th century AD.  During the 13-18th century, Central India was ruled by various Muslim dynasties that are believed to have desecrated many of the temples. Today about 20 temples remain and the entire temple area is categorized into the Eastern, Western and Southern temple groups based on their location.
     

    The Khajuraho temples are an UNESCO World Heritage Site and the temples walls are an array of magnificent sculptures of gods, goddesses, and beasts, however, it is the erotic art and sculptures depicted on the walls that have garnered worldwide attraction and fame.
     

    Check into your hotel in Khajuraho and enjoy a light and sound show in the temple complex in the evening before retiring for the night.

  • Day 2: Attractions in Khajuraho followed by flight to Var

    Proceed for a tour into the temple complex after breakfast.
     

    We will begin the sightseeing in the complex, with the Western groups of temples. The Kandariya Mahadeva dedicated to Lord Shiva is the largest temple in the complex and is a fitting example of the brilliance and skill of sculptors and intricate designs depicting and applauding ancient Indian art. There are around 800 sculptures of maidens and gods adoring the walls of the temple.

     

    The oldest temple in the complex, the Chausath Yogini Temple, is a granite shrine built for the worship of Goddess Kali.
     

    The Lakshmana Temple is dedicated to Lord Vaikuntha- Vishnu and has two rows of sculptures on its outer walls, depicting gods, such as, Ganesha as well as, couples and erotic scenes.

     

    The other Western group temples include, the Vishwanath Temple known for its intricate stone art on the outer walls, the Chitragupta Temple with its illustration of the Sun god riding his chariot, the Varaha Temple a shrine to Varaha or the incarnation of Lord Vishnu in the form of a giant boar and the Matangeshwar Temple.
     

    The Eastern groups of temples have eminent temple art in the famous Brahma and Hanuman temples. The Vamana Temple is an exquisite piece of art, showcasing in stone work all the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu.
     

    After a satisfying tour of the Khajuraho temples, we will arrange for your commute to the airport to fly to Varanasi where our representative will be waiting for your arrival and help you check into the hotel.
     

    Varanasi located on the banks of the Ganga is one of the holiest Hindu cities, marked with the presence of temples, sadhus, ghats, funeral rituals and pyres, aartis and hordes of worshippers and tourists who want to soak in the spirituality and essence of this ancient yet vibrantly contemporary town.
     

    Witness the soul touching aarti performed in the evening with our guide who will help understand the rituals and Vedic hymns.
     

    Have a restful overnight stay.
     

    The Lakshmana Temple is dedicated to Lord Vaikuntha- Vishnu and has two rows of sculptures on its outer walls, depicting gods, such as, Ganesha as well as, couples and erotic scenes.
     

    The other Western group temples include, the Vishwanath Temple known for its intricate stone art on the outer walls, the Chitragupta Temple with its illustration of the Sun god riding his chariot, the Varaha Temple a shrine to Varaha or the incarnation of Lord Vishnu in the form of a giant boar and the Matangeshwar Temple.

  • Day 3: Attractions in Varanasi and Sarnath

    We make an early start at 05:00 am in the morning for a boat ride on the holy Ganges to witness the town waking up to a divine actuality and spiritual ethos.

     

    A visit to the some of the holiest ghats in Varanasi, including the Dashashwamedh and Manikarnika will somber and enlighten your mind and soul. A part of the Manikarnika ghat is used for cremation and it is said that the pyre light never dies here.

     

    As the sun rises upwards in the sky, more and more worshippers throng towards the river for a holy dip and the ghats get filled with filling devotees.
     

    We pay a visit to the grand Kashi Vishwanath Temple famous for its golden spire. Praying here after a dip in the Ganges is believed to be the way for moksha or salvation as devotees and worshippers make a bee line towards this holy shrine.
     

    Return to the hotel for breakfast, before we move onto a further guided tour of the city.
     

    The tour includes a visit to the following temples:
     

    The Bharat Mata Temple where the deity is the marble map of undivided India.
     

    The Durga Temple is revered and the deity statue is believed to have just appeared at its spot without anyone actually sculpting it.
     

    The Tulsi Manas Temple has the Ram Charit Manas engraved as illustrations on its walls and its towers represent the summit or shikaras of the Himalayan peaks.

     

    After a reverential visit to the temples, we make a stop at the erudite Benaras Hindu University to take a stroll in its campus and visit the famous art gallery and mosque of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.
     

    You will be then driven to Sarnath, considered the holiest Buddhist sight, where Buddha gave his very first sermon after enlightenment and taught about the four noble truths and its teachings. 1600 year old Dhamekh or Dhammacakkappavattana Stupa stands at the spot where Buddha delivered his first sermon and interestingly it has replaced an even older stupa built by Asoka in 249BC.
     

    Sarnath is brimming with pilgrims and worshippers who seek blessing and pay respect at this holy Buddhist site, however, besides its spirituality, Sarnath is also famous for the Sarnath museum that houses antiques dating back to the 3rd century BC.
     

    It is in Sarnath that you will see the iconic Indian symbol of India, the Asokan Pillar standing tall, as well as the magnificent Bodhisatvas made of red sandstone.
     

    You can explore Sarnath at your own convenient pace and interest before heading back to Varanasi for the night.

  • Day 4: Varanasi to Delhi/Mumbai

    Breakfast will be served in the morning. Depending on the time of your departing flight to your onward destination, you may choose to take a walking tour of the city or visit a Goshala which is a traditional cattle shed.
     

    Our representative will help you to the airport as you proceed for your onward destination.