As with all traditional art forms in India, the musical heritage of Benaras has its roots deeply embedded within the idea of self cultivation and worship to a higher being.
The musical system has evolved over the centuries, and although there have been many treatises, theories and attempts to catalogue this vast system, the true nature of music, itself being indefinable, lies within the lives of the musicians themselves. It is they who embody the tradition within them, through an unbroken thread of oral teachings passed down from Guru to disciple and it is in their habitat that this tour will be presented. You will be invited into the homes of the musicians of Varanasi in order to experience them in their traditional environment.
This exclusive 7 day window into the lives of the musicians of the oldest city in the world will give you the opportunity to hear them in private, intimate settings. Because of this there is also the benefit of asking them any questions about their art and also have a chance to witness their lifestyle.
Other activities include:
- Prep lessons on appreciating the culture and music
- Trips to well known temples
- Shopping – Banarsi silk is world famous
- Visit the famous alleyways to see how the locals really live
- Experience local cuisine
- INCLUDED in the price:
- All transfers
- Hotel for 6 nights
- Breakfast & Lunch
- Occasional evening meals with concerts
- Concerts & Sightseeing
1,500 GBP single occupancy
1,300 GBP shared occupancy
To secure your place a deposit of 50% will be required. This is non refundable. Bank transfer or Paypal* accepted.
*Paypal charges a nominal fee which must be picked up by the payee.
Once a deposit has been received confirmation will be sent to the email address provided along with information an advice on how to get the most out of your tour: what to bring, what not to bring etc.
Although arrival is 2nd Jan arrangements can be made if you wish to come earlier, or leave later.
The airport to come into is Varanasi International (AKA Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport)
The nearest train station is Varanasi Junction
A day by day schedule has not been outlined due to the fact that to get the most out of the trip one has to be able to accommodate the very last minute events that show themselves in Varanasi.