Arrive and check in at the hotel in Varanasi by 12 noon. We start the day with a visit to Sarnath, where Gautama the Buddha gave his first sermon. This momentous and historic event has been depicted in exquisite sculptures of the Buddha and other monuments at Sarnath.
A wonderful and intense day lies before us! The day starts early with Mangala Arati at the Kashi Vishwanath Temple – one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, said to have been consecrated by Shiva himself. This year we have the opportunity to experience the new Kashi Corridor designed to provide devotees with a convenient and direct route from the Sacred Ganga to the Kashi Vishwanath temple.
After Arati, we will walk to Vishalakshi Temple, one of the Shakti Sthalas, as well as the Annapoorni Temple.
A journey through Kashi is not complete without a visit to Manikarnika Ghat – the most sacred cremation spot in Kashi, which is at the core of the spiritual process that thrives in the city and in this sacred country of Bharat. We will take a boat ride along the sacred Ganga and participate in the spectacular evening Ganga Aarti from the boat.
We will have the privilege of having Sadhguru with us for a special sathsang and also be in his presence at the Manikarnika Ghat – the most sacred cremation spot in Kashi, which is at the core of the spiritual process that thrives in the city.
We visit places of tremendous spiritual significance, including Kalabhairava Temple, the powerful guardian deity of Kashi and Mahamrityunjaya Temple where it is believed that one can win over death.
The rest of the day is free to explore the city on your own and visit its various temples, ghats and market places. Kashi features a variety of cultural delights, including exquisite silk weaves and unique cuisines. We will be happy to suggest a number of interesting places you can visit.
The program culminates with Guru Pooja, an offering of gratitude to the great beings who have made available the powerful possibility of self-transformation.
The hotel check-out time is 12 pm.
The itinerary above is indicative of the places we will be visiting. However, the actual order of the itinerary may vary.