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Varanasi Ghats (Banaras Ghats) Tours and Activities

Varanasi Ghats (Banaras Ghats)
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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Travel between the Banaras Ghats by auto-rickshaw or on a boat trip along the river. Trips from Dashashwamedh Ghat to Manikarnika Ghat are popular, although some boat operators begin at the most southerly ghat, Assi, and head north.
Address: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India
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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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Alaknanda - A Divine Voyage (Evening Cruise Tour - 5:45 PM to 7:30 PM)

Alaknanda - A Divine Voyage (Evening Cruise Tour - 5:45 PM to 7:30 PM)

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Enjoy the beautiful view of the magnificent Ghats of Varanasi with the comfort and safety of our luxury cruise "Alaknanda". After sunset, the Ghats are lit up with beautiful decorative lights, and can be seen as a bright half-circle of light from either end. Guests can also have a glimpse of the famous Ganga Aarti of Dashashwamedh Ghat (subject to favorable weather conditions).
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Best of Varanasi Guided Tour with Boat Ride

Best of Varanasi Guided Tour with Boat Ride

A city of unique faiths and beliefs, fascinating rituals and customs. Once you step into this holy land, its authenticity and uniqueness is sure to amaze you. 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.
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  • 3 to 7 hours
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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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Boat Ride on River Ganges and Stroll in Streets of Vishwanath in Varanasi

Boat Ride on River Ganges and Stroll in Streets of Vishwanath in Varanasi

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Varanasi is one of the oldest living cities in the world. It is a major cultural, historically significant, and highly spiritual city in Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. The city is known for its temples, forts, streets, gastronomy, music, and arts. As the morning sun, take a shared boat ride on the Ganges. See the pilgrims offering prayers to Hindu deities and river goddess Ganga. See people taking dips in the river and wrestlers practicing on the ghats. Witness the Hindu cremation ceremony and the various ghats. Explore the rich architecture of the ghats and forts from outside along the boat ride. The guide will help you narrate stories of Hindu myths, history, and culture of the city and the ghats. Finally, visit the intricate streets around the Kashi Vishwanath Temple. We will have the famous tea on ghats at the end of the trip. The journey from your pick up to the location of activity will be carried in an air-conditioned car.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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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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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
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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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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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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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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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Morning Boat Tour followed by a short heritage walking tour in VARANASI

Morning Boat Tour followed by a short heritage walking tour in VARANASI

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Subah - e Banaras and sham -e - Awadh is very acclaimed one in India. Experience the Morning boat ride in Ganges and understand the Hindu way of life followed by a small walk in old section of the city and a visit to the Golden temple, the main Shiva temple of the city.
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Varanasi Pedal Rickshaw Tours

Varanasi Pedal Rickshaw Tours

Ride through Varanasi like a local: in a bicycle rickshaw. This tour of the city lets you travel a good distance without breaking a sweat, but also keeps you out from behind the glass windows of a traditional tour bus. Rickshaws can access parts of the city that traditional vehicle tours can't, so you'll get a chance to see both the major landmarks and hidden gems of the city. Listen to engaging commentary from your guide on Varanasi's culture, history, and people as you travel.
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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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Varanasi with Sarnath Tour

Varanasi with Sarnath Tour

Varanasi is an important tourist attraction and pilgrim spot. It is one of the oldest cities in the world that is still inhabited. The city has many tourist spots very close to it like Sarnath and Ramnagar. Varanasi flourished in the ancient times due to the River Ganges running through the city. The people consider the river as a Goddess and perform many rituals and activities along the banks of the river. Sarnath is an important Buddhist tourism spot.
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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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Varanasi- Early morning Boat Trip on Ganges in Banaras

Varanasi- Early morning Boat Trip on Ganges in Banaras

Early morning on the banks of holy Ganga,is spiritual experience to feel the real Hinduism with your Govt. Tour Guide ( We use only Govt registered guides for Eco friendly & safe Tourism) . Enjoy the life of Varanasi, Hindus, Sadhus, pilgrims. Pilgrims bathing in sacred river, with which they can wash all sins, offering oblations to rising sun, offering good luck lamps, Panda (brahmin-Hindu priest sits under Umbrella - made of palm leaves, helping the people doing different rituals. Its best time for photography too. Later watch ghats from your private boat, see the ghats & palaces from there. On the way from boat after some time you will reach cremation places. Know the rituals, how Hindu do last rites there. Later, after boat trip walk through the old city of Banaras through the narrow alleyways. Many small shops & temples to see on the way. Back to hotel for breakfast.
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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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Varanasi Puzzled Alleys and Hidden Shrines

Varanasi Puzzled Alleys and Hidden Shrines

Get a sense of original Varanasi by exploring the river side and the area behind the ghats which is setup in form of narrow and puzzled alleys. Authentic Varanasi nestles inside the alleys which looks surprisingly in contrast to any other place found on our planet. Cows and bulls in Narrow and perplexing alleys, carved temples and shrines, monasteries, old buildings, cultural and religious diversity, all the important old markets, authentic real Varanasi-food, people, …all is found inside the maize of alleys which are inaccessible by any mode of transport. experience all with our guide walking besides you
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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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4 Days Varanasi & Prayagraj tour package

4 Days Varanasi & Prayagraj tour package

This 4 days Varanasi & Allahabad [Prayagraj] tour package in a combination of all major and famous sightseeing tours these cities has to offer with accommodation in a decent 3 Star Category hotel with daily breakfast.
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  • 4 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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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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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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