Day 1

We begin the day with a visit to Sarnath, where Gautama the Buddha gave his first sermon after his enlightenment. This momentous and historic event has been depicted in beautifully crafted sculptures and monuments at Sarnath.

Day 2

The day starts early with Mangala Arati at the Kashi Vishwanath Temple – one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, said to have been consecrated by Shiva himself. After the Arati, we walk to the Vishalakshi Temple, one of the Shakti Sthalas, as well as the Annapoorni Temple.

A journey through Kashi is not complete without a visit to Manikarnika Ghat – the most sacred cremation ground in Kashi, located on the banks of the River Ganges. We will take a boat ride along this holy river and participate in the spectacular evening arati.

Day 3

Today, we spend time exploring places of tremendous spiritual significance, including the Kalabhairava Temple - the powerful guardian deity of Kashi, the Mahamrityunjaya Temple - where it is believed that one can conquer death, and the Markandeya Mahadev Temple - with a powerful linga where the lore of devotee Markandeya and Shiva unfolded.

Before dinner, we enjoy a special presentation of local weaves. As Kashi features a variety of cultural delights, including exquisite silk weaves, this is an opportunity to take home some of these handwoven masterpieces.

Day 4

Today, we travel to Vindhyavasini Temple at Vindhyachal. This Shakti Peeth is where, according to legend, the famous battle between Goddess Durga and the Demon King Mahishasur took place. Here, temples for three forms of the Goddesses – Lakshmi, Kali, and Saraswati – have been strategically located to create a highly energetic and spiritually potent "Trikona." In the evening, we make our way back to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple for the Saptarishi Arati, a phenomenal process originally transmitted to the seven Saptarishis by Adiyogi himself, and kept vibrantly alive to this day.

Day 5

Kashi spectacularly holds representations of all 12 of India’s Jyotirlingas, and the forms reverberate powerfully to this day. We visit and meditate at two of these places - the Vaidyanath and Mallikarjun Mahadeva temples. The energies of these two Jyotirlingas have been recreated from the original forms located in Deogarh and Srisailam.

The program culminates with Guru Pooja, an offering of gratitude to the great beings who have made available the powerful possibility of inner transformation.

The above itinerary is indicative of the places we will be visiting. However, the actual order of the places visited may vary depending on several factors.


Isha Sacred Walks are journeys to places of divine connection, where the veil between the physical and spiritual is thin. Such sacred spaces revitalize and energize us, and give us an experience of our inner nature.

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