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Varanasi Ghats (Banaras Ghats) Tours and Activities

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The ghats in Varanasi descend from the city down the banks and into the waters of the holy River Ganges. There are almost 100 individual ghats lining the river’s edge in this region, their steep steps making access to the river possible during both the wet and dry seasons. The oldest and most famous ghats in the area are Dashashwamedh, Manikarnika, and Harishchandra. Others include Assi Ghat, Scindia Ghat, Lalita Ghat, and Kedar Ghat.

As the religious capital of India among Hindus, Varanasi sees pilgrims and other visitors drawn to the Banaras Ghats in their droves. Visitors can absorb the atmosphere by taking a sunrise boat-ride along the river, while marveling at the colorful temples and religious activities lining the water’s edge.

Devout Hindus aim to travel to the Banaras Ghats at least once in their lifetimes, and most hope to die and be cremated within the city in order that their ashes be swept away by the Ganges. The cremation fires here burn all day every day, with the main cremation ghat being Manikarnika. Some ghats are simply used for prayers and bathing.

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Full Day City Tour of Varanasi

Full Day City Tour of Varanasi

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This activity will give you leasure and pleasure with local guide. You can see Varanasi by local eyes and feel the city as a local.
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  • 8 hours
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$96.85
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Music art's and culture

Music art's and culture

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We focus on Music art's and culture to show guest how varanasi works in Art's and music and culture, Any kind of art's form It's work like medicine in our body and heal most of our problems, Specially Indian classical music, so we describe all about Indian music and local arts and culture and all kind of Indian music, This is something unique what you don't get every where, where you r doing all about music art's and culture,
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  • 3 to 6 hours
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$25.04
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Private Full-Day Tour of Varanasi including the Kashi Darshan

Private Full-Day Tour of Varanasi including the Kashi Darshan

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Benefit from personalized attention on this private tour of Varanasi. With round-trip private transportation included, there's no need to rent a car and you can simply focus on the scenery. Your guide will provide commentary tailored to your interests as you visit highlights such as the Ganga Ghats, the Sarnath, Kashi Vishwanath temple, and the Ganga aarti on a boat ride.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.00
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$55.00
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Varanasi Morning Boat Tour [RowBoat]

Varanasi Morning Boat Tour [RowBoat]

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See the ancient city of Varanasi come to life as you make your way down the scenic Ganges River by boat. Observe Hindus practicing their morning rituals as the sun comes up along the banks of the river and learn about local customs and traditions from your expert guide.
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  • 3 hours
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$42.67
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Private 3-Day City Tour of Varanasi: Rickshaw & Boat Ride with Ganga Aarti

Private 3-Day City Tour of Varanasi: Rickshaw & Boat Ride with Ganga Aarti

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Remove the hassle of visiting of one of India’s oldest cities, on this private tour that includes two nights’ accommodation, some meals, transfers and sightseeing via private air conditioned vehicle, entrance fees, a boat and rickshaw ride, and a professional guide. See the highlights of this holy city and around, including the Buddhist site at Sarnath, and the Hindu Ganga Aarti ceremony on the banks of the River Ganges.
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  • 3 days
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$248.00
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Insight Varanasi Day Tour

Insight Varanasi Day Tour

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This unique tour of Varanasi offers visitors an insider's look at local customs and traditions in one of the world's oldest living cities. Tour the Hindu and Buddhist sites with an expert guide, including the Ganga Ghats, where pilgrims come to absolve their sins and the Sarnath, where Buddha delivered his very first sermon.
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  • 14 hours
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3 Days Varanasi Tour Package for First Timers

3 Days Varanasi Tour Package for First Timers

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Spend three days exploring the essence of Varanasi in the company of a guide. You'll learn much more than you would simply wandering on your own, and the tour includes a variety of activities: a sunrise private boat tour, a visit to the cremation grounds, and a guided tour of the important Buddhist site of Sarnath, among others. Accommodation for two nights plus breakfast each day is included.
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  • 3 days
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$200.00
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Varanasi tour in one day

Varanasi tour in one day

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Explore India’s spiritual capital of Varanasi and learn about Hinduism on a private tour. Take a boat along the Ganges River and learn about why it's so sacred to Hindus. Visit the holy site of Sarnath, where Buddha gave his first sermon, followed by a guided walk of Varanasi’s old streets and alleys. Watch the sacred ritual of Aarti from the ghat or the water to conclude your tour.
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  • 12 to 14 hours
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$90.00
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Private Full-Day Tour Ganga Aarti Ceremony from Varanasi

Private Full-Day Tour Ganga Aarti Ceremony from Varanasi

Enjoy a flexible itinerary and dedicated attention from your guide on this full-day private tour of Varanasi. You'll cover all of the important highlights in the city, in addition to attending a Ganga Aarti ceremony on the banks of the Ganges. Along the way, your guide will answer any questions and provide commentary tailored to your interests.
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  • 8 hours
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$104.76
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Live Indian Classical Concert In Varanasi

Live Indian Classical Concert In Varanasi

There can be no better way to end your day than by attending a live Indian Classical Music Concert with musicians playing instruments like the Sitar, Tabla, Sarangi and Flute followed by a Kathak dance performance. The diversity of instruments and the footwork of the dance performance will leave you spellbound. This is a unique Indian experience that will leave you with some truly pleasant memories. Highlights: • Rich diversity of musical instruments • Stunning footwork in the Kathak dance performance • The harmony in the music and dance
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Private Varanasi Guided Tour with Boat Ride

Private Varanasi Guided Tour with Boat Ride

Explore varanasi - a city full of treasures and secrets. A city of unique faiths and beliefs, fascinating rituals and customs. The guide will show you all the ghats during the sunrise on a boat ride and will tell you the story behind each one. Also, get a chance to experience the holy city from inside by taking a walking tour in the narrow lanes. Within every step of this best Varanasi tour, be sure to discover and witness some of the exciting facts that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Once you step into this holy land, its authenticity and uniqueness are sure to amaze you.
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  • 3 hours
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$31.00
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Varanasi tour in 2 days

Varanasi tour in 2 days

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Experience the best of Varanasi with a 2-day tour; your guide will follow a carefully curated itinerary to make sure you don't miss a thing. The program includes both dawn and sunset boat rides, ashram and temple visits, and a Sarnath tour. As you travel, listen to in-depth commentary from your guide on the history, culture, and architecture of the city.
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  • 2 days
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$115.00
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Experience Varanasi in a 3 Days City Sightseeing Private Trip With Tour Guide

Experience Varanasi in a 3 Days City Sightseeing Private Trip With Tour Guide

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Varanasi is one the sacred places of India and one of the most visited tourist destinations in North India. It holds a special and much higher place according to Hindu customs and beliefs. It represents a perfect blend of physical, philosophical and supernatural elements. It is considered as a place where the soul can attain ultimate peace.  Highlights of Tour : • Attend the Grand Aarti Ceremony • Stroll around the lanes of Varanasi • Visit Mulagandha Kuti Vihar, Dhamek Stupa, Sarnath Museum at Sarnath • Explore Benaras Hindu University • Visit Kashi Vishwanath temple, Durga temple and Tulasi Manas Temple in Varanasi Covering Many Points including Tours to Banaras Ghats, Assi Ghat, Dasaswamedh Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Banaras Hindu University, Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath), Monkey Temple (Durga Temple) and other Mentioned Places in the Trip.
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  • 3 days
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4- Hours Private Tour Morning Aarti & Boat Ride With Breakfast

4- Hours Private Tour Morning Aarti & Boat Ride With Breakfast

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Varanasi is home to many ritual sites and sacred temples. Take a private morning tour of Varanasi and explore the various ghats that line the sacred Ganges River. Take a boat ride down the river and observe the morning aarti ritual before heading to a neverending cremation ceremony. This tour is a good way to learn more about the Hindu religion and culture in India's spiritual capital.
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  • 4 hours
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Experience Varanasi in a Two Days City Sightseeing Private Trip With Tour Guide

Experience Varanasi in a Two Days City Sightseeing Private Trip With Tour Guide

Take a romantic boat ride on the silent water of Ganges in Varanasi. Observe the natives performing their daily activities alongside River Ganga. Watch people performing various rituals and witness the grand aarti on the Ghats. Pay a visit to the place where Buddha delivered his first sermon in Sarnath.  Be in the holy land of Varanasi to experience ultimate spirituality and attain peace. This 2 Days trip to Varanasi will take you through the major attractions of Varanasi city. This Trips gives you Tours to Banaras Ghats, Assi Ghat , Dasaswamedh Ghat , Manikarnika Ghat, Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath)  , Banaras Hindu University , Monkey Temple (Durga Temple) and other top Places in Varanasi 2 Days of Sightseeing Trip
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  • 2 days
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$279.37
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Varanasi tour in 3 days

Varanasi tour in 3 days

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Extremely delightful and totally affordable, this Varanasi tour package gives the real essence of this beautiful place. Tourists have highly rated this tour and it includes many exciting activities. The city’s secrets are unrivaled in a beautiful way and the true sense of India’s spirituality comes to light. From taking blessings from the sacred temples to bathing in the holy water, it is a life-changing experience. Highlights :  • Guided sunrise private boat tour • Guided visit to cremation ground • Guided Sarnath and city tour  • Guided visit to Ghat to witness prayer [Aarti ceremony] followed by releasing candle ritual in water  • Walk tour through Asia's largest spice market, flower market, famous food street • Accommodation in a 5 Star Hotel with daily complimentary breakfast 
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$140.00
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$140.00

Prayagraj and Varanasi cradle of Indian Civilisation

Prayagraj and Varanasi cradle of Indian Civilisation

Varanasi, or Benaras, (also known as Kashi) is one of the oldest living cities in the world. Varanasi`s Prominence in Hindu mythology is virtually unrevealed. In Hindu tradition Triveni Sangam at "Prayagraj" is the "confluence" of three rivers, two physical rivers Ganges, Yamuna, and the invisible or mythic Saraswati River. The site is in Prayag, India. A place of religious importance and the site for historic Kumbh Mela held every 12 years, over the years it has also been the site of immersion of ashes of several national leaders, including Mahatma Gandhi in 1948.
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  • 2 days
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Varanasi tour in 2 days without accommodation

Varanasi tour in 2 days without accommodation

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This tour package is a perfect selection of Varanasi tours for those individuals who wish to explore Varanasi in two days with one night. It is designed in such a way that it covers most of the touristic and non-touristic (our specialty) activities Varanasi has got to provide together with dawn and sunset boat rides, temples visit, ashram visits and Sarnath tour. It  also included exploring hidden alleys and thousands years old building of Varanasi by walking through and vising into it. Tour Highlights :  • Guided visit to Sarnath - A place where Lord Budhha delivered his first sermon • Guided visit to cremation ground followed by witnessing aarti ceremony with a private boat • Guided walking tour into old lanes of Varanasi  • Guided sunrise boat ride with a private boat  • Visit to an Ashram or Muth 
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00
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Varanasi City Tour - Walking, Boating & Enjoying

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Varanasi City Tour - Walking, Boating & Enjoying

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It’s a city with deep cultural experience, The scared river of Ganga preserve the memory of thousands years in her motherly water which flows just in the center of the city. Our tours will take you to magnificent Sunset with Ganga Aarti (Praying to the God of river –The Ganges) where life starts at the bank of mother ganga with a morning eye opener prayers by scared priest, you can enjoy these spectacular scenes on boat. This is a lifetime cultural experience to not MISS !. While at same places while exploring cultural heritage you will find THE END of life at Manikarnika Ghat where people are burning dead body of loved ones. Our tours will bring you to life and death experience at cultural heritage sites of Mother Ganges.
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  • 3 hours
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Village Tour in India

Village Tour in India

"Real India lives in villages " : M K Gandhi ( The father of the nation ) India is a country with approximately 600, 000 villages, where most of its population reside. Here majority are involved in agricultural fields, not always as an independent farmer. People are also in Animal husbandry and daily labour activities. But it is a place where the real life of real India can be seen, which help one to understand the past and present of this country and imagine the future based on the observations. This tour is to take you closer to the Indian life and Indian traditions etc. Through Indian villages.
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  • 5 hours
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$37.34
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Full Day Varanasi Tour Package

Full Day Varanasi Tour Package

The shortest programme to cover the ciy of Varanasi in a short span of time. Start your morning with the blessings of the river Ganges and lord Shiva and end it again with thanking the holiest hindu River. In between visit the important places of worship in this city and also have a chance to talk about a different international philosoohy which is again a gift of India to the world.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$122.67
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Audio Guided Walking Tour of Banaras Ghats, Varanasi

Audio Guided Walking Tour of Banaras Ghats, Varanasi

It is believed that the Ganges changes its course to flow South to North to pass through the holy city of Banaras. Our walk , through the HopOn India App Audio guide, takes you from Assi Ghat to Dashashwamedh Ghat, along the Holy Ganges. A must-do walk for all travelling to Banaras. The most special features of this experience are : 1. The App opens up new places and new stories for you in the same old cities 2. Each walk is crafted like a masterpiece to offer an immersive experience to the traveller with the correct mix of history, culture, myth, food , through professional narration, with background scores of music, qawalli or sound affects, here and there 3. There is no need for you to depend on a guide - the traveller can take the walk anytime as per will, at his/ her own pace 4. The content is developed by domain experts 5.You pay once for three months and need not pay the guide repeatedly.
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  • 1 hour 16 minutes to 1 hour 40 minutes
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$6.12
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Pilgrimage Varanasi

Pilgrimage Varanasi

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This city has so much to offer to its sightseers that none of them can ever says, “I had enough of it.” This holy city has attracted wanderers from across the globe. Plus you'll get the services of Licensed experienced Guide who'll not only share his knowledge of the city with you but also share his personal experiences and so on.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$32.00
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Sunrise boat ride

Sunrise boat ride

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Rowing boat rides during the dawn is perhaps one of the best things to do in Varanasi. The ride along Ganges River offers the quintessential Varanasi experience. It takes one through different Ghats and former palaces situated close to the banks of Ganges, giving a panoramic view of this River and the region. Later after this walk into old lanes of Varanasi exploring Norther Bazzars of the city and famous food street of Varanasi.  Highlight: • Guided sunrise boat ride with a private boat • Witness daily Hindu rituals • See cremation and understand the logic behind burning of dead bodies • Walk into thousands years old streets of Varanasi • Explore famous food street of Varanasi also known as Kachauri
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Varanasi Ghats (Banaras Ghats) costs USD 6.12. Guided Varanasi Ghats (Banaras Ghats) tours start around USD 6.12 per person. See all 40 Varanasi Ghats (Banaras Ghats) tickets and tours on Viator.
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