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Private 5-Hour Varanasi Tour at Dawn Including Boat Ride

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

If you’re looking for an enchanting experience of India’s religious traditions, opt for this private tour of Varanasi at dawn. Take a sunrise cruise down the holy Ganges River, see bodies publicly cremated at Manikarnika Ghat, and visit the famous Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath). See, too, pilgrims bathe at Assi Ghat and local wrestlers fight in mud pits during this cultural experience. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Varanasi are included.
  • Private sunrise tour of Varanasi including Ganges boat ride
  • A cultural experience ideal for first-time visitors
  • See pilgrims bathing in holy water at Assi Ghat
  • Visit the famous Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath) and see bodies publicly cremated at Manikarnika Ghat
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off are included
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
English-speaking guide
Early morning boat ride
Heritage walk
Tea
Photography
Gratuities
Entrance fees of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up from Varanasi Hotels. Please update your pick up address.

Departure Time

5:00 AM
Rise early and await pickup from your Varanasi accommodation, where you board a vehicle destined for Assi Ghat, the southernmost entry point to the holy Ganges River.

Along the way, your guide explains the significance of the Ganges River in the Hindu religion. Stop at Assi Ghat to watch pilgrims bathing in the allegedly holy waters before visiting a series of temples to receive Hindu blessings.

Then, head to a stadium to watch pehalwans (wrestlers) fight one another in a mud pit before boarding a boat to cruise along the River Ganges.

Your cruise concludes at Manikarnika Ghat, one of the most sacred ghats in Varanasi. The bodies of devout Hindus are cremated here in order for their ashes to be carried away by the river.

Disembark here and wander to Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath), characterized by its pastel pink exterior and golden spire. Over tea, delve deeper into Hindu traditions before you bid your guide farewell after hotel drop-off.  
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Assi Ghat
Assi Ghat, the southernmost entry point to the holy River Ganges. Along the way, your guide explains the significance of the Ganges River in the Hindu religion. Stop at Assi Ghat to watch pilgrims bathing in the allegedly holy waters before visiting a series of temples to receive Hindu blessings. Then, head to a stadium to watch pehalwans (wrestlers) fight one another in a mud pit before boarding a boat to cruise along the River Ganges.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Manikarnika Ghat
Manikarnika Ghat, one of the most sacred ghats in Varanasi. The bodies of devout Hindus are cremated here in order for their ashes to be carried away by the river.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple (Golden Temple)
Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath), characterized by its pastel pink exterior and golden spire. Over tea, delve deeper into Hindu traditions before you bid your guide farewell after hotel drop-off.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Minimum age is 4 years
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY GeTs Holidays

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private 5-Hour Varanasi Tour at Dawn Including Boat Ride?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Private 5-Hour Varanasi Tour at Dawn Including Boat Ride.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private 5-Hour Varanasi Tour at Dawn Including Boat Ride?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private 5-Hour Varanasi Tour at Dawn Including Boat Ride.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private 5-Hour Varanasi Tour at Dawn Including Boat Ride?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Private 5-Hour Varanasi Tour at Dawn Including Boat Ride.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private 5-Hour Varanasi Tour at Dawn Including Boat Ride?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Private 5-Hour Varanasi Tour at Dawn Including Boat Ride.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Private 5-Hour Varanasi Tour at Dawn Including Boat Ride?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Private 5-Hour Varanasi Tour at Dawn Including Boat Ride.

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Excellent tour. Rajat very...
Elizabeth P
, Dec 2017
Excellent tour. Rajat very knowledgable and professional.
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