Venture across the river by car to visit the Ramnagar Fort which houses ancient artifacts in a stunning setting. Here you can also enjoy a day of village and rural life in Varanasi as well as a visit to the sacred Durga Temple. Read More …
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COST: $35 per person. 15% Discount on groups of 3 or more people.
PAYMENT: Payment in full due at the beginning of tour – Cash only. Credit Card payment option available online only prior to tour via Pay Pal (3% charge) or Transferwise.
- Ramanagar Fort
- Visit to rural village
- Durga Temple
Our tour begins at the Main Ghat (Dashashwamedh) and we will travel by car to the Mughal style Ramnagar Fort, built in the 18th century situated on the opposite bank of river Ganga.
The Ramnagar Fort houses a museum displaying the Royal collection which includes vintage cars, royal palkies, an armory of swords and old guns, ivory work and an impressive antique clock that displays year, month, week and day but also astronomical facts about the sun, moon and constellation of stars. You will get a glimpse into the glamorous past of the Maharajahs where decadence was just a part of everyday life. To this day, it still remains the ancestral home of the Maharajah of Banaras.
Also, in the area is the Durga Temple a favorite destination for worshipers and pilgrims. We will visit the temple and then venture into a local village where life moves at a much slower pace. Women in electric colored saris work the neon green fields (a juxtaposition of colors worthy of a painting) children play, large groups of water buffaloes shuffle along quietly and men work fixing this and that. The local people couldn’t be friendlier and invitations for chai run amok. While Varanasi proper has so many landmarks to visit, it is refreshing to get outside the city and get a glimpse of real village living.
Start/ End: Main Ghat – Dasashwamedh
Tour Duration: Tour duration is approximately 5 hours.
Tips and Details: We will be doing a lot of walking so please wear comfortable shoes. Our maximum group size is usually not more than 6-8 people. If you’d like a hotel pickup or drop-off, please let us 24 hours in advance.
*Please feel free to get in touch prior to your arrival to Varanasi if you need any assistance booking accommodations or airport or train station pick up.
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Tour guide will accompany you for the duration of the tour. All automobile, entry fees will be paid for. You will stop for lunch at some point during the tour to have a minute to relax and refuel but the cost of lunch is not included. Complimentary bottled water is provided.