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Banaras Weekend Gateway (Mahashivratri Special) (7th March – 10th March)

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2 Nights & 3 Days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

15 people




"Gar firdaus bar roo-e zameen ast,

Hameen ast-o hameen ast-o hameen ast."

This trip is going to be very different from the usual trips. We are going to see a state that is arguably India’s prettiest, visually.

We are going to Srinagar, Sonamarg, Gulmarg and Pahalgam on this trip, and we shall try to visit the most beautiful locations in all these places. We shall be seeing a village that only makes cricket bats, we will be going up the highest gondola in the world, we will be doing some beginner skiing if we want to, we will be riding on shikaras in the beautiful Dal lake, we will be sitting around bonfires at night and seeing a thousand stars in the night sky. We will be sauntering in pretty valleys and we will visit India’s best skiing destination as well.

And we are going to see it in the early summers. When it is at its purest, when the Himalayan mountains have powder white snow, when the trees – the leaves and branches of the Chinars and the Deodars have a whitish silvery tinge, the meadows are carpeted green and white – making Kashmir look like a magical fairyland.

Unlike late summers, there will hardly be many tourists in this season. Wake up to the Kashmiri kahwa tea, take in the morning sun, and later road trip with your new friends. This trip is about playing in the snow, about sitting on mountains and taking in the incredibly gorgeous panoramas, sitting by bristling icy rivers, making new friends, and spending time with yourself

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Things to Pack

Day backpack (20 – 30 Ltrs): When you are on a local sightseeing tour, you are required to carry only a few necessary items and for that, you need a day backpack as you will leave your bigger one at your designated stay.

Floaters or Sandals: When you are spending your day at leisure, a good pair of sandals and floaters will help you to move freely.

1 Down Jacket / Main Jacket: It’s emphasized that you need to carry proper layers so you can avoid getting cold which is why you need to carry an insulated jacket that you can put on over your other clothes.

1 Pair of Thermal: Thermal is a piece of garment that helps in keeping your body warm in cold temperatures. It is a necessary item that you need when traveling to cold regions.

Outdoor Shoes: A comfortable shoe is required when traveling outdoors, especially in the mountains. They shouldn’t be chunky, instead, they should be lightweight and sturdy.

3 Quick Dry Tees: You must keep at least three pairs of quick dry tees so that you can wash them in between stops for proper hygiene.

3 Pair of Cotton Socks: Cotton socks are extremely comfortable to move around in and are lightweight as well which is why you can always count on a good pair of cotton socks while trekking. However, keep in mind to change them and avoid wearing them when they are wet.

1 Pair of Woolen Socks: A good pair of woolen socks, especially merino, are comfortable, limit odors and provide adequate insulation from the cold so you can wear them at night.

1 Poncho: A poncho is an evolved form of a raincoat that provides coverage to your body as well as your bag and ensures total water protection from the rain.

Quick-dry towel: A quick-dry towel will help in maintaining proper hygiene. It must dry quickly because the wet fabric will only increase the chance of bacterial growth.

Gloves: Insulated gloves help in maintaining proper body heat in your hands.

Sanitizer: Prevent the risk of infections and maintain proper hand hygiene by making sure you carry a hand sanitizer.

Sun Cap: A lightweight sun cap with side flaps is perfect to keep your head cool and avoid sunburns on a sunny day.

Lip Balm: Your lips can become chapped due to the harsh cold winds so it's important to keep them moisturized.

Cold Cream & Sun Screen : To avoid sunburns and chafing, you need to put on sunscreen as well as cold cream.

Water Bottle 1 Lt.: Hydration is extremely important when it comes to traveling To carry a water bottle that you can refill with Himalayan water is a must.

Bag for all your Toiletries: A bag with all your essentials including napkins, toothpaste, sanitizers, paper soap, etc should be carried in a ziplock bag.

Personal Basic Medical Kit: Carrying a medical kit with bandages, Dettol, and medication for headaches, nausea, etc is necessary.

Sunglasses / People who use spectacles (Use Photochromic glasses instead of contact lenses): Photochromatic glasses are specs that are designed to transform into anti-glare shades depending upon exposure to the sun. They are good when it comes to eye protection but one can also opt for clip-on glasses etc.

Mobile charger / Power bank: Although you'll get electricity at most places, it is always advisable to carry a charged power bank in case of emergencies.

Documents: Identification proofs like Aadhar Card, and driver's License.

Travel Laundry Bag: In case your clothes get wet or your garments don’t dry, you can carry them in the bag and keep them separate from your dry clothes.

Camera: This should be obvious. To make sure that you get to capture all the great moments from your trip.


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Day 0 : Delhi / Indore / Bhopal to Banaras (7th March)


• Travelers  can join us from various locations across India.

• We will assist you or book your Flight / Train tickets to reach Delhi or Varanasi.

• Travelers from Delhi, Indore and Bhopal will board there respective trains to reach Varanasi.
• From Delhi :- 10.30 Pm (Evening) board 12582 Bsbs Sf Express from New Delhi NDLS on 29th December.
• From Indore :- 10.00 Am (Morning) board 20414 Mahakal Express from Indore Railway Station on  29th December.
•  From Bhopal :- 2.00 Pm (Afternoon) board 20414 Mahakal Express from Sant Hirdaram Nagar on  29th December.
• You will meet your fellow travelers for Banaras Trip.
• Our team will brief you of the plan, socialize with the fellow travelers, stock up on the necessary paraphernalia etc. 
• Brace for the coolest train journey you’ll do in Banaras Bogie.
• Overnight journey towards Banaras.

Day 1 : Banaras (8th March))


• Upon arriving in Banaras, check into Hotel / Backpacking Hostel and Spend some leisure time.

• Afterwards we start our guided walking tour of the Ghats of Kashi starting from Assi Ghat to Manikarnika. There are total 88 ghats in Varanasi.
(Fun fact :- Guide will be like Kundan jise dadaji yaha laye the panditai karne) 
• From there we will go on a walking tour through the labyrinth of alleys in the old town stopping it Lolark Temple, Rani Lakshmi Bai Park and Tulsi Ghat Akhada to watch the traditional wrestling. 
• Afterwards we will take evening Boat Ride.
• Finally we will witness the famous Holi Ganga Aarti from Dashashwamedh Ghat.
• Afterwards will head out for Thatheri Bazar for the Mouth - Watering Malai Toast, Kachori Sabji, Paan, Malaiyo, Lassi and Chaat.
• Spend some peaceful time near the Ganga Ghats and evening return back to Hotel / Backpacking Hostel.
• Overnight stay in Banaras.

Day 2 : Banaras (9th March)


• Wake up at the early morning !  We will watch the morning Aarti ceremony at the Assi Ghat followed by the concert and Yoga.

• Afterwards will board the Sunrise Boat from the Assi Ghat to witness the morning rituals of oldest living city. Return back to Hotel / Backpacking Hostel for rest and freshen up.
• Today we will head out for Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga and local market for shopping.
• If time permits will also visit Sarnath.
• We will return back to Hotel / Backpacking Hostel and involve yourself in group bonding activities and fun activities.
• Overnight stay in Banaras. 

Day 3 : Banaras - Home (10th March)


• Have a beautiful and leisure morning in Banaras.
• This is your last day here at Banaras, at least for this time. Make the most of your remaining time bonding with your fellow travelers.
• In Afternoon board your train from Varanasi and leave for base locations.
• For Delhi :- 1:30 Pm (Afternoon) board 15127 Kashi V Nath Express from Varanasi Jn.
• For Indore :- 04.00 Pm (Evening) board 19322 Pnbe Indb Express from Varanasi Jn.
• For Bhopal :- 04.00 Pm (Evening) board 19322 Pnbe Indb Express from Varanasi Jn.
• Overnight Journey towards Home City.

Day 4 : Reach Home (11th March)


• Reach Delhi by morning 6 Am on 2nd of January. 

• Reach Bhopal by 10.00 Am and Indore 3.00 Pm respectively on 02nd January.
• Wake up in your home city and bid farewell to your newfound family.
• Trip ends here with beautiful memories. We know of our Travelers reunions that happen occasionally in different parts of the country.


  • Accommodation on Sharing Basis in Hotels / Backpacking Hostel (2 Nights Stay)
  • Train Tickets
  • All local transport, transfer, Pick up & drop by Tuk Tuk / Rickshaw / Hathgadi etc....
  • 2 Boat Rides
  • Guided Ghat Tour
  • Trip Captain throughout the trip
  • Two Breakfast (In Hotel / Backpacking Hostel or outside)
  • (Over the 2 Years we"ve been leading experiences to Banaras, we"ve noticed that travelers prefer choosing what they want to eat. especially because of the variety and easy accessibility of options around Banaras.)
  • Anything not mentioned in the itnet anything not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any meals rather then mentioned in the inclusions (Over them 2 years we been reading experience to our Banaras you not is it tell us before choosing what they want to eat specially because in the variety of street food)
  • Any personal nature expenses
  • Price arise due to flight cancellations, landslides, roadblocks, government activities, train cancellation and late on time.
  • Airport Pickup and Drop

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