21260
India
India’s Holy Ganges River: Rituals, History and the Sacred City of Varanasi
Set sail on a voyage of discovery as you enjoy expert-led excursions to sacred sites, vibrant cities, traditional villages and architectural wonders along the holy Ganges River.
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Program No. 21260RJ
Length
16 days
Starts at
4,195
Flights start at
950
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At a Glance

Fed by the mighty Himalayas and emptying into the Bay of Bengal, the Ganges is one of the world’s great rivers. To Hindus, it is something yet greater: a goddess, the physical manifestation of the sacred. Delve into the spiritual meaning of this river on a voyage to the holiest places along the Ganges — not just for Hindus but for Buddhists, Sikhs and more — plus experience the river’s importance in day-to-day life.
Activity Level
Active
Walking up to two miles per day; including uneven terrain and down slopes without stairs or handrails. Bus rides of up to 3-6 hours, with stops along the way for bathroom breaks.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore the waterway of the Ganges, visiting the ruins of long forgotten villages, temples and rural India.
  • Journey to the place where the Buddha obtained Enlightenment and visit the spectacular Mahabodhi Temple, which marks this pilgrimage site.
  • In Varanasi, the holiest city in Hinduism, observe and learn about the daily rituals that people perform at ghats along the Ganges River.
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Prakash Detha
Mr. Prakash Detha was born and brought up in the village of Borunda, Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Prakash received his BA in history in 1985 from Rajasthan College Jaipur and his MA in history in 1987 from Rajasthan University Jaipur. His work experience includes training with BBC television in London, freelancing as a documentary filmmaker and researcher at Folklore Institute of Rajasthan, and leading groups for 10 years with Road Scholar programs. Currently, Prakash is focusing on folk music, organic farming and leading educational programs.
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