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Varanasi

Spend a day full of mindful thinking, peacefulness and clarity with this tour through some of the most important temples in Varanasi

HIGHLIGHTS:

* Visit 4 beautiful temples

* Be guided by an insightful local

* Relax, breathe and enjoy naturally calming surroundings

Start the tour with a visit to the Tulsi Manas Temple, a marvelous place constructed in 1964 made of a precious white marble boasting lush expanding gardens. This temple is dedicated to the Lord Rama, featuring beautiful images of Lakshhman, Sita, Ram and Hanuman throughout. It is thought that this temple is built where Saint Tulsides wrote the sacred Ramcharitamanasa. Amongst the gardens you’ll find a statue of Tulside that illustrates a particular verse from the book.

Next we’ll make our way to Durga Temple, also known as the Monkey temple due to the many monkeys that surround the area. Admire its typically northern Indian structure with multi-tiered shikharas, it really is a symbol of the local culture. Outside there is a peaceful pond surrounded by stone stairs and pillars, creating a quiet little area perfect for reflecting.

Our next stop is the Vishwanath Temple, located in the grounds of the Banaras Hindu University famous for being constructed by the Birlas family. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this wonderful temple is constructed with fine marble and is specifically open to all religions and races. Everyone should feel welcome and at peace here.

The last stop is to the newest of the lot, Sankat Mochan Temple. Founded by Baba Hari Dass, a silent monk who saw a beautiful statue of Hanuman and wrote on his board, “it needs a temple.” From that moment on construction began, opening its doors for a “Prana Pratishta Ceremony” in 2003. Stroll around and take note of the differences from the other temples we’ve visited, embracing the wonderfully serene location. Spend a day full of mindful thinking, peacefulness and clarity with this tour through some of the most important temples in Varanasi. Start the tour with a visit to the Tulsi Manas Temple, a marvelous place constructed in 1964 made of a precious white marble boasting lush expanding gardens. This temple is dedicated to the Lord Rama, featuring beautiful images of Lakshhman, Sita, Ram and Hanuman throughout. It is thought that this temple is built where Saint Tulsides wrote the sacred Ramcharitamanasa. Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.

Duration: 4 hours.

Start/opening time: At 8.30am.

Languages: English.