Sailing down the Ganges is a wonderful and mind-blowing experience to see India. Starting from the holy city of Allahabad this sailing tour finishes at eternal city of Varanasi. As we sail down and drift peacefully through the sacred and fertile Gangetic plain to Varanasi the life on shore varies, and this variation is because of the everyday life and stunning sunsets, ornate temples and crowded bathing ghats, the fields of wheat and rice paddies. On the banks of the river we camp in 2-man tents on a beach.
Historical architect in this tour is the Ramnagar Fort and Chunar Fort of Medieval India. It’s a perfect way to soak into meditating pace and some quality relaxing time. Creping under the starlit sky and on the sandy island is a life time experience!!
Day 01: Delhi/Allahabad, Overnight Train
Reach Delhi (capital of India). Once you arrive our assistant will be there who will meet you and will transfer you to your hotel. Freshen up in the hotel and be ready for local visit in Delhi which covers places like Red Fort, India Gate, Qutab Minar. Overnight train to Allahabad is boarded in the evening.
Day 02: Allahabad/Lakhiya, Sail
On arrival early morning, freshen up in the day rooms provided in Allahabad, before boarding our boats for our journey through the sacred and fertile Gangetic plain to Varanasi. After breakfast drive down to Lakhiya Ghat. Set sail eastward to Varanasi and start sailing on the Ganges. Reach Lakhiya and set the camp on the bank / island of the river for overnight stay. Overnight stay will be in Alpine tents.
Day 03: Lakhiya/Usmanpur, Sail
In the morning after breakfast set sail to reach Usmanpur by covering approx 25 kms in 08 hrs by river. This sailing tour is full of thrill. In the evening reach Usmanpur. Set the camp on the bank / island of the river for overnight stay. Overnight stay will be in Alpine tents.
Day 04: Usmanpur/Murdaghat, Sail
In the morning after having breakfast the sail by river begins for Murdaghat covering approx. 20 Kms in 08 hrs. Camping spot is reached by dusk. Overnight stay and dinner will be in Alpine tents
Day 05: Murdaghat/Mirzapur, Sail
In the morning after breakfast start sailing towards Mirzapur. After about 4 hrs of sailing you will reach Vindhyachal. Stop at Vindhyachal and visit the temple dedicated to Goddess Kali. Nearby there is an island, have your lunch and sail further so as to reach the camping spot in approx. 4 hrs. Set the camp on the bank / island of the river for dinner and overnight stay. Overnight stay will be in Alpine tents.
Day 06: Mirzapur/Varanasi, Sail
Proceed for last leg of sailing to Varanasi and en route visit Chunar Fort of Medieval India and Ramnagar Fort which is a 17th century fort with interesting museum. In the afternoon we cross the river to the holy city of Varanasi there we get off at Asi Ghat and then transfer to the hotel. Since the dawn of history Varanasi (Benares) has been the centre of Hinduism, its age is contemporary with Babylon and Thebes. Popularly famous among Hindus as ‘Kashi’ meaning the “City of Light” it attracts each year over a million of pilgrims– many of whom come to this holy city to spend their last years of life.
When the Ganga is venerated with a display of light and sound you can visit the ghats to witness the evening aarti ceremony. In the morning after breakfast we take an early morning boat trip along the Ganges to see the Hindu devout bathing in its sacred waters, before we visit nearby Sarnath. To preach his first sermon after having gained enlightenment at Bodh Gaya the Buddha came to Sarnath. In the 5th century the city was at its peak, when it was a respected centre of religious activity, learning and art. Much of the city is destroyed by the Muslim invaders and today along with the small museum which has a well displayed collection can also be seen the remains of several monasteries and stupas. In the afternoon you are free to explore the bazaars and temples that line the banks of the river or perhaps this evening, if the guests wish they can also attend an optional classical musical performance.
Day 07: Varanasi– Fly back home
In the morning after breakfast you are free for temple tour of Kashi Vishwashnath mandir, Sankatmochan and Annapurna temple. After the temple tour in the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport to board the flight to get back to your preferred destination.