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Sunrise boat ride

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Stop At: Ganges River, Varanasi India

You will be picked -up from your Hotel at 05:00 AM and drive towards river bank of Ganges.

As you undertake the sunrise boat ride on the holy river Ganga, immerse yourself in the sacred atmosphere and visit the 5000 year old Adi Keshav Ghat as well.

The guided boat ride followed by walk into old lanes would take around 2-3 hours and can be undertaken in the morning. The start time varies according to the prevalent weather and time of sunrise. During summers it starts around 5 am and in winters it is 6 am in the mornings. Similarly the evening tour commences at 5:30 pm in summers and 4 pm in winters.

The ride begins from Dashwasamedh Ghat and takes you along the stretch of the river where the ghats are located right up to the Manikarnika Ghat [Cremation Ground]. Apart from getting an opportunity to see the various ghats as you pass by, you would also get to alight the boat at a few places and visit some temples, palaces, mosques depending on your interest. This long ride which starts at the southern end of the ghats and reaches the northern most part of the city is an apt way to view Varanasi from the surface of River Ganga, as you leisurely soak in the sacred ambience.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Banaras Ghats, Varanasi 221002 India

Exploring the Ghats is one of the best things to do in Varanasi. The city has almost a hundred Ghats, the steps of each leading the banks of River Ganges. These are bathing Ghats, praying Ghats and cremation sites for Hindus from all over the world. It makes them alluring and enthralling for a traveller as it is associated with some legend or mythologies.

The privately owned ones here are known for morning boat rides which provide impeccable, panoramic views of the place. Some of the major Ghats that one can visit during their trip to Varanasi includes the Mata Anandamai Ghat, Assi Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Munshi Ghat, Raj Ghat, Dashashwamedh Ghat, Scindia Ghat and Raj Ghat.

Of these, Dashashwamedh Ghat is perhaps the most popular. It is located close to Vishwanath Temple and therefore, its spectacular appearance makes it an enchanting place to visit in Varanasi. The Ghat is associated with two Hindu mythologies.

One of these suggests that this where Lord Brahma welcomed Lord Shiva. The other states the place where Lord Brahma sacrificed ten horses during a Yajna. Every day, saints here perform Worship to Fire or Agni Pooja, which is a charismatic and spectacular event to watch.

Apart from this, Lalita Ghat is a destination worth visiting. Built by King of Nepal, it is the site of Keshav Temple and a number of local festivals are organized at this place. For cremating electrically, a crematorium has been set in Harishchandra Ghat.

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Important Information
Departure Point
You will be picked up from your hotel at 05:00 AM.
Departure Time
5:00 AM
Duration
3h
Inclusions
  • Private Medium air conditioned car for hotel pick-up and drop off
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Bottled water
  • Professional art historian guide [Govt Approved]
  • Entry/Admission - Ganges River
  • Entry/Admission - Banaras Ghats
Exclusions
  • Gratuities [Optional]
  • Any Meals
  • Everything which is not mentioned into the itinerary
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Don't wear high heels shoes during boat ride and walking tour
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 2 April 2019

We had a one day (app 7 hoyurs) trip in Varansi with a private guide. It was an amazing experience, great guide, very pleasant with excellent English and took us to the best highlight of Varanasi. Highly recommended !!! AviMore

Date of experience: March 2019
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TourVaranasi, Guest Relations Manager at Tour Varanasi, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Guest Thank you so much for taking out your precious time in writing this amazing review. We loved to know that services met to your expectations and that this tour package had all you wished for. Keep tripping ahead ! Thanks, Vandana Singh Manager...More

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