Walking, Cycling, Boat Rides, Camping, Trekking, Photography Tours, Food Tours, School trips, Family trips, Corporate get-togethers, Composite Packages…we do it all. Started by students of Banaras Hindu University, we hold experience of conducting local tours since 2007. With holistic tours in India, presently it operates in Varanasi, New Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Mathura, Vrindavan,  Khajuraho and Goa. We can also create packages and tour plans for entire Rajasthan, Uttrakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala and North East on request.


So far we have served more than 10000 guests from 55 plus different countries. Our expertise of delivering excellent experiences comes from our seasoned team of professionals. We have received Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor in 2016 and in 2018. We have a strong travel agents network enabling us to serve our patrons in any corner of the country. 


We have a no shopping policy which means you can relax and enjoy your trip without being pushed to any shops. We completely rely on reference and feedback and therefore, guests satisfaction is our prime motto. 


We specialize in conducting:

Heritage Walks

Food Walks

City Tours

Bicycle tours

Photography Tours

school Trips

Yoga Tours

Local Artisans and Handicrafts

Rural Tours

Our escorts are local people, local students and government approved guides who have been handpicked for their passion for the local places and information with honesty that they posess.



Team

Kuldeep Kumar, Founder: A vivid traveller and a motivational trainer, Kuldeep is the new age entrepreneur who holds more than a decade experience in Hospitality and Tourism industry. He loves being with travellers and exploring new eateries. He defines himself as a complete foodie and a good cook. He holds an MBA degree and is fond of mobile photography.


Himanshu

Himanshu Sadhwani, Explorer & Manager – An award winning photographer and an MBA student, Himanshu can capture anything through his camera with awestruck beauty. He has travelled extensively in India and whenever he gets time, he is on a hunt to path less trodden and unexplored in minimum possible budget. He has in-depth knowledge of history, especially Varanasi, his hometown.

 

Neha, Explorer & Manager – An MBA student from Varanasi, she has a candid personality and loves being with the spiritual aura of Varanasi. She loves food and travelling.


Anup Seth, Destination Expert: Born and brought up in Varanasi, he loves relishing Kachori subzi in morning and taking travellers on expedition of Varanasi. He is a licensed guide by Govt. of India and has in-depth knowledge about all tourist destination pan India. 




 

 

Dev Diwali - The Grandest Festival of Varanasi

Posted 11/10/2018

The biggest and most colourfully vibrant and scintillating festival celebrated in varanasi is Dev Diwali. Dev Diwali or Dev Deepawali is the ‘Festival of Lights, of the Gods’ or ‘Diwali celebration of the  Devas or Devtas or Gods’.

It is observed on the full moon day (Purnima) in the month of Kartik, as per the traditional Hindu calendar. It is also called as Kartik Purnima / Poonam  and  Tripurari Purnima.

Dev Diwali is celebrated to honour the victory of Lord Shiva over the demon named ‘Tripurasur’. For this reason, this festival is also known as ‘Tripurotsav’. It also coincides with the Jain light festival and Guru Nanak Jayanti.

Dev Diwali is celebrated in a grand manner across the states of Gujarat & Uttar Pradesh primarily and also in some sections of North India by communities. Certain communities also celebrate Tulsi Vivah or Tulsi Puja on this day. In the state of Maharashtra, Dev Diwali is observed on the first day of the month of ‘Margashirsh’.

Dev Diwali – Bright , Colourful & Cultural Evening:

This religious ceremony is started by chanting of the holy Vedic mantras by the priests, lighting diyas at the ghats and a sparkling display of firecrackers, to welcome and please the Gods and Goddesses.

The main rituals performed by devotees consist of kartik snan (devotees and pilgrims take a holy dip early in the morning in the sacred water of Ganges during Kartika) and deepdan (offering of oil lighted lamps)  in the honour of Goddess Ganga.

Ganga Mahotsav is a 5 day festival starting from Prabodhani Ekadashi to Kartik Poornima. Ganga Mahotsav is also held at Dasaswamedh Ghat (the famous Ganges ghat in Varanasi) on this occasion where a huge number of Hindu devotees start to visit the location, from the day of Prabodhini Ekadasi (eleventh day of fortnight). The entire ghats of the Ganga from Varuna to Assi is decorated with Diyas and floral rangolis on the eve of Kartik Poornima.Pilgrims let Diyas afloat in the water of the Ganges to welcome the Gods who are believed to descend on Earth.

Following this, Ganga aarti is performed in the evening on each ghat of the Ganges, with huge lamps and is performed by 21 Brahmin Priests along with 24 girls, with full devotion. The Ganga Mahotsav ends with the grand celebrations of Dev Diwali.

On this occasion of Dev Diwali, people decorate their houses with diyas. Colourful designs or rangoli are made on the front doors. Many houses organize Akhand Ramayan along with offering bhogs. There are lacs of tourists who visit Varanasi to witness this great evening of lights and all hotels and boats are sold out at 4 to 5 times above their normal rack rate. WOV Tours and Walks of Varanasi conduct special boat rides focussed only on this awesome

festival. http://www.wovtours.com/wov-special/ and http://www.walksofvaranasi.in/dev-diwali/

 

 

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