VARANASI WITH KHAJURAHO TEMPLES
TOUR DURATION – 06 DAYS
02 NIGHTS VARANASI / 03 NIGHTS KHAJURAHO
DAY 01: VARANASI
Upon arrival at Varanasi, you will be greeted and transferred to the hotel/resort. Whenever you’re ready, venture out to explore the rich cultural and spiritual city of Varanasi. Enjoy your journey through this ancient city!
Varanasi also referred to as Banaras or Kashi, the soul of India, is a timeless city where spirituality and culture intertwine. Home to ancient temples, the sacred Ganges River, and a vibrant tapestry of rituals, it’s a sanctuary of deep-rooted traditions. The ancient city where spirituality and culture converge in a timeless dance. With ancient temples, the sacred Ganges, and vibrant rituals, it’s a sanctuary of deep-rooted traditions. The city’s temples, Kashi Vishwanath and ‘Sankat Mochan’, embody devotion and tradition, offering a deeper connection to India’s spiritual legacy. Witness the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti, stroll the ghats, and explore the cultural heritage of this city that has thrived for millennia. Varanasi, where spirituality and culture come to life in an enchanting fusion.
DAY 02: VARANASI
Begin your day early with the captivating sunrise Aarti ceremony on the sacred banks of the Ganges. Then, wander through the charming old lanes nestled along the river, immersing yourself in the city’s historic charm. After your explorations, return to your hotel/resort for a refreshing breakfast. In the afternoon, set off on a journey to Sarnath, where Buddha delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. This day promises a unique blend of boating, walking, and car tours, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in Varanasi’s rich heritage and culture.
Sarnath, a spiritual sanctuary, cradles the ancient wisdom of Buddha’s first sermon. This hallowed ground is a testament to the birth of a profound philosophy. Its serene ambiance and captivating stupas draw seekers of spiritual enlightenment, while the rich cultural heritage here offers a glimpse into India’s timeless traditions. Sarnath is a place where spirituality and culture harmoniously converge, inviting you to explore a sacred legacy.
DAY 03: VARANASI – KHAJURAHO
After breakfast, transfer to Varanasi Airport to catch your scheduled flight to Khajuraho. Upon your arrival at Khajuraho Airport, you will be warmly greeted and transferred to your hotel/resort. When you’re ready, embark on your journey to explore the enchanting ancient town of temples.
The ancient temples of Khajuraho are celebrated for their splendid craftsmanship, showcasing exceptional architectural skill and fine sculptures. This UNESCO World Heritage Site in India is renowned for its stunning beauty. The sculptures, beautiful, detailed, and expressive, will leave you in awe and wonder. These temples are divided into three groups: Western, Eastern, and Southern.
Explore the Western Group of temples, adorned with approximately 870 marvelous sculptures on their interior and exterior walls. Notable temples to visit include the Kandariya Mahadeva Temple, built between 1025 and 1050, the beautifully carved Jagdambi Temple, and the Chitragupta Temple dedicated to Lord Surya, the Sun. Close to the Western Group, you’ll find the Archaeological Museum, housing a remarkable collection of sculptures and artifacts. Additionally, the Tribal and Folk Art Museum showcases vibrant collections, offering insights into tribal cultures.
DAY 04: KHAJURAHO
Immerse yourself in Khajuraho’s rich cultural and architectural wonders and visit at the Adivart Tribal and Folk Art Museum. As the sun sets, witness the captivating Sound and Light Show where the temples come to life with illuminations. The show features lights dancing across temple facades while a narrator unravels the story of Khajuraho. It’s a truly enchanting experience.
Embark on an enchanting journey through Khajuraho’s Eastern and Southern temple groups. The Eastern group boasts the exquisite Javari Temple, a testament to ancient stone-carving mastery. The honey-colored sandstone marvel, Parsvanatha Temple, shines from 950 to 970 AD. Adinatha Temple, Santinatha Temple, Ghantai Temple, and Brahma Temple complete this historic ensemble. In the Southern group, the Duladeo Temple, or Kunwar Math, dazzles with intricate jewelry-carved female figures. Believed to be built between 1100 and 1150, it’s a masterpiece. Discover the unique Chaturbhuja Temple, free of erotic sculptures, adorned with Ganga and Jamuna at the entrance. Witness the divine presence of Lord Vishnu, as if he’s about to bless his devotees. Khajuraho’s treasures await your exploration.
Step into a world of unique traditions and diverse communities at the Adivart Tribal and Folk Art Museum, featuring 12 traditional houses, each meticulously adorned with artifacts, kitchen utensils, furniture, and other essentials that provide a captivating glimpse into the daily lives of tribal communities. These houses represent the ancient tribal communities of the region, allowing visitors to thoroughly explore and become immersed in the fascinating tribal culture of central India.
DAY 05: KHAJURAHO – PANNA / KHAJURAHO
After breakfast, embark on a picturesque drive for an enchanting day excursion trip to Panna National Park, with a notable stop en route to admire Pandav Fall. Enjoy an exhilarating adventure amidst nature’s beauty.
Nestled within the rugged Vindhya Ranges of central India, just an hour’s drive from Khajuraho, Panna National Park is a sanctuary for a remarkable array of wildlife and abundant birdlife. Here, you might encounter wild cats, majestic tigers, graceful deer, and agile antelopes. Brace yourself for an adrenaline-pumping jungle jeep safari as you wind through breathtaking canyons and the dense embrace of teak trees. The park’s rich tapestry of flora and fauna is a sight to behold, captivating observers with its astonishing diversity. If luck is on your side, you may even catch glimpses of elusive panthers, elegant spotted deer, Indian Gazelle, or spirited blackbucks.
DAY 06: KHAJURAHO
After breakfast, prepare for your departure as you head to Khajuraho Airport to catch your scheduled flight for onward journey.