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Sarnath has immense spiritual significance for pilgrims of all faiths. While it was already a great centre of Hindu culture and learning, the newly enlightened Gautam Buddha chose this very place to preach his first sermon. The site is also a sacred for Jains, as this is where Sheyansanath, the 11th Tirthankara of Jainism, was born. Come trace the footsteps of these great spiritual leaders, as you visit the historic stupas and temples that dot the landscape. Not to be missed is the iconic Ashoka Pillar, a symbol of India’s inclusive heritage.
Midway in its long journey from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal, the waters of the Ganges flow through the holy city of Varanasi. According to Hindu belief, Benaras, or Varanasi as it is known, is the cosmic center of the universe. Its aura of history, religion, philosophy and tradition, is steeped in Hindu rituals and ideals. Numerous ghats, or steps leading down to the Ganges, present an ever-changing tableau from dawn to dusk. The number of ghats exceeds…