Travel through the sands of time on this exclusive cruise with world renowned Egyptologist, Dr. Hawas.
A tour of India will bring you to some of the oldest cities in the world, but Varanasi stands above them all. Considered to be the holiest of the country's sacred cities, Varanasi is believed to have been populated as far back as the 11th or 12th century B.C., making it one of the longest continually inhabited cities in existence. However, its lengthy history is not the only reason it has become a popular stop on India tours. The city is replete with breathtaking landmarks and an atmosphere unlike any other place on Earth.
Float down the Ganges
The Ganges River is among the holiest places in India, and Varanasi is located right on its banks. While it may not have the natural appeal of other famous rivers - the Rhine, Seine and Thames, just to name a few - seeing the sunrise along the Ganges is an unforgettable experience. A trip down the river brings travelers past many of the iconic ghats, or steps, built alongside the river. These ghats are often teeming with activity in the early morning hours and offer insight into the significant role the city plays in everyday life.
Kashi Vishwanath Temple
India is not lacking when it comes to impressive temples, and that is certainly the case in Varanasi. There are many centuries-old sites of worship, but the Kashi Vishwanath Temple is arguably the most striking of them all. The original temple was built in 490 A.D., but it was destroyed several hundred years later. Today's building was constructed in 1780 and is no less impressive. In addition to its compelling architecture, the Kashi Vishwanath Temple is a large draw because it is still in use today, it's impossible to overstate the significant role it plays in the lives of many local residents.
Situated above the ghats on the Ganges, the Jantar Mantar observatory is a testament to the ingenuity of the people who built it nearly 270 years ago. While it may not seem impressive compared to some of the larger observatories throughout the world, it's smaller features are particularly awe inspiring. For instance, it includes a sundial that only requires one person to take measurements of the cosmos. It can also predict the location of stars and planets - certainly no small feat for the science of the 18th century.
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Stimulate your senses with this magical private guided tour of Delhi, Jaipur, Agra & Varanasi. Featuring your own private guide & driver, and a tantalizing array of exotic cuisine, timeless temples, and colourful markets. Book before December 1st 2014 for travel before March 31st 2015 and save $1500 per couple!
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Premium tour with five star luxury. Explore Jerusalem's Old City, New City, Dead Sea and Masada, Nazareth, Tel Aviv, Haifa and the coastline with your own private vehicle driver and guide.
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