The aircraft will land at the Lal Bahadur Shastri International airport.
    
"The plane took off today (Wednesday) after a delay of two hours from its scheduled time from Ahmedabad. We are expecting it to reach at around 9 PM here, which is close to its earlier arrival schedule," said S K Malik, Director of Varanasi Airport.


    
The plane will first hover over the Ganga to spread the message of cleanliness and clean energy and subsequently land at the airport, he said.
    
The district authorities had given the permission, which was sought in advance by the 'Solar Impulse-2' (SI-2) team, to the aircraft for carrying out aerial videography of the Ganga ghats(banks).


    
"The permission for carrying out aerial videography of Ganga river along the ghats here has been granted to the SI-2," Additional District Magistrate Vindhyavasani Rai said.
    
"We are all prepared to give a warm welcome to Andre Borschberg, the project's co-founder and pilot, along with its co-pilot as well as project President Bertrand Piccard at the airport here," said Malik.
    
The aircraft took off for Varanasi from Ahmedabad after a week's stopover in the city as part of its round-the- world trip.


    
The 'no-fuel', purely solar-powered aircraft was earlier scheduled to fly at 5.30 AM and reach Varanasi around 8.30 PM.
    
Swiss pilot Piccard had flown the plane from Muscat to Ahmedabad, while Borschberg is flying it to Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.
    
The SI-2 is scheduled to fly to Mandalay in Myanmar from here tomorrow morning, Chongqing and Nanjing in China and thereafter to the US.

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