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Ganges River (Ganga) Tours and Activities

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India’s holiest river, the Ganges (Ganga) runs east for 1,560 miles (2,510 kilometers) from the western Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal. A lifeline for north India’s plains and towns, the river is also a place of Hindu pilgrimage at cities such as Rishikesh and Varanasi—drawing visitors with humbling scenes of religious devotion.

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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$42.67
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$42.67
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Private Varanasi Tour Including Car and Tour Guide

Private Varanasi Tour Including Car and Tour Guide

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Cruise on the Ganges during both sunrise and sunset on this private tour of Varanasi. Travel with a dedicated guide, who will provide in-depth information on the Hindu traditions and the lore that surrounds the Ganges River. Sights include the Bharat Mata Temple, the Monkey Temple, the Vishvanath Temple, and others. A private tour means you can travel at your own pace and ask plenty of questions.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$95.00
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Banaras Wala Tours

Banaras Wala Tours

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What makes my tours different from others is that i offer an authentic experience of Varanasi with an extremely knowledgeable guide to lead the way. Each tour is individually tailored to your interests so you get to see what is important to you. You can try traveler friendly street food, take a prive sunrise tour of the Ghats and ceremonies, wander through the winding back alleys and old city, see the Aghori Babas and temples, and experience how spirituality is so deeply woven into the lives of the people here. Having lived here my whole life and being a guide for the last 8 years has given me a deep knowledge of the city and the traditions, rituals and religions that it surrounds. During the tour I will pass on much of this to you so you can have a more meaningful experience of the city.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$19.27
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$19.27
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2 Days Varanasi tour package for first timers

2 Days Varanasi tour package for first timers

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Get a comprehensive tour of Varanasi on this 2-day that's perfect for first-time visitors. Spend two days in the company of a guide, learning everything there is to know about one of India's holiest cities, perched on the banks of the Ganges River. Visit all the must-see attractions and listen to in-depth commentary on the city's history, religion, architecture, and modern-day life.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$185.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.00
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$90.00
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Varanasi Evening Aarti Tour

Varanasi Evening Aarti Tour

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Spend three unforgettable hours in one of India's most ancient cities during this evening Aarti tour in Varanasi. Experience the beauty of this Hindu ritual where light is offered up to deities. Hear religious songs sung out into the night and watch as lamps are offered to the gods. Learn why locals say this city liberates the soul from the human body during this once in a lifetime cultural experience.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$48.00
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$48.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$117.34
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$200.00
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$200.00
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Explore the Highlights of Varanasi

Explore the Highlights of Varanasi

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Explore Varanasi and experience the highlights of the holy city by guided walking tour ( included heritage sites and activities ) this walking tour toward old part of city to discover the essential of one of the oldest inhabited city of the world. through the tour you will experience local’s delight , admiring cultural treasures, incredible natural beauty and rich heritages with history also savouring some local delicacies like Indian masala chai ( spice tea ) local snacks and tasty lassi ( a fermented Indian yogurt drink ) . 1. Personalised and private tours, flexible to fit your needs and desires. 2. Explore spirituality, tradition, food, people and local lifestyle in a genuine way. 3. Family friendly experiences; all ages welcome! 4. Taste authentic and delicious local dishes. 5. Tours are always led by authorized and local tourist guide.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$19.19
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Private Full-Day Varanasi Tour with Ganges River Boat Cruise

Private Full-Day Varanasi Tour with Ganges River Boat Cruise

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Explore Varanasi on a private full-day tour that includes a sunrise and sunset boat ride on the Ganges River. Visit landmarks in and around Varanasi including Banaras Hindu University (BHU)'s Bharat Kala Bhavan museum, and Dhamekh Stupa in Sarnath — an important Buddhist site. Finally, watch the evening aarti ceremony from the sunset boat cruise.
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  • 12 to 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$64.00
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$64.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$16.65
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Majestic Tour of Varanasi Ghats

Majestic Tour of Varanasi Ghats

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* Wander 2000 year-old cobblestoned alleys and take in the day-to-day life of the people of Varanasi. *Be swept away by a walk along the iconic Ghats of Varanasi. Watch people bathing in the holy water of the Ganges River. *See and feel the diverse spiritual perspectives that are inherent to the culture of Varanasi, and learn how one of the oldest cities in the world became a hotbed of Eastern Religion. *See the majestic and electrifying Ganga Aarti Ceremony, performed beside the mother Ganga (evening tour) *Take an early morning boat ride, away from the frenetic pulse of the city where you can take in the spectacular Ghats (morning tour)
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$17.27
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$17.27
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$115.00
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$115.00

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

Religious tour of Varanasi with official guide

Religious tour of Varanasi with official guide

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Varanasi is a great spot for Hindu pilgrims.Hindus come to Kashi (Varanasi) to fulfill their religious and spiritual needs.In the name of religion they get easily cheated.if you wish to get your needs smoothly and safety completed.Hire a approved guidesfrom this platform who will facilitate you for following needs.1-Ganga puja 2- Shiv darshan 3 - In organising real priests 4- Temple tours 5- Helping to perform ritual to leave cremation remains in holy river Ganga. 6-Banarasi Real silk shopping places. This tour is made for Hindus weather they come from overseas or from any Indian territories. Money in form of INR also can be paid at the place of USD
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$106.67
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Evening ceremony of Ganges in varanasi with official tour guide

Evening ceremony of Ganges in varanasi with official tour guide

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The Ganga Aarti at Varanasi is an uplifting spiritual ritual. The Aarti ceremony takes place near the Ganges River. While facing the river, the Hindu priests use lamps which are circled around in a clockwise manner, accompanied by chants or songs in praise of Mother Ganga. It is believed that after the ritual is complete, the Goddess showers her blessing onto each individual present there.Highlights • Aarti Ritual At the Ganges River
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.67
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Morning boat and old city tour with official tour guide in varanasi

Morning boat and old city tour with official tour guide in varanasi

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This boat tour is combination of a boat ride and a walking tour of the southern part of the old city to explore the cultural diversity of Varanasi along with the oldest alive site in the whole Varanasi . It will be a complete guided tour who has vast knowledge of culture of Varanasi and about history of River Ganga and every bit of small thing related to the spots covering while early morning boat ride will be explained. It will take about 2-3 hours, which will cover the boat ride and covering few spot near the Ghats like visiting and watching cremations rituals, meeting Sadhus/Adhori near Ghats. Seeing d holiest temple of Hindus in d narrow lanes, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva but popularly known as Golden temple because of 1 ton of gold leaf pasted on d walls of it, will leave u with some unforgettable pleasant memories...
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.67
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Varanasi-city of Ganges, same day visit

Varanasi-city of Ganges, same day visit

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A crumbling maze of a city that rises from the ghats (steps) on the western banks of the Ganges, Varanasi is in many senses the quintessential India. With an ancient history -- Mark Twain famously described it as "older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together" -- it is also one of the most sacred cities in the world today. Kashi, or "City of Light, where the eternal light of Shiva intersects the earth," as Varanasi is seen by devotees, is the holiest of Indian pilgrimages, home of Shiva, where the devout come to wash away their sins. Earliest accounts of the city go back 8,000 years, and "the city of learning and burning," as it is affectionately referred to, has attracted pilgrims from time immemorial, not all of them Hindu -- even Buddha visited here in 500 B.C. after he achieved enlightenment, sharing his wisdom at nearby Sarnath.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$96.34
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Varanasi walks with shore of Ganges

Varanasi walks with shore of Ganges

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Tour with us will give a amazing experience & information about Indian culture, traditions etc . Tourists will get opportunity to see the art of Varanasi too to visit oldest Narrow alleys , making of handmade wooden sculpture and many more
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$18.65
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.00
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$25.00

Varanasi Full day tour with Boat ride

Varanasi Full day tour with Boat ride

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Explore Varanasi on a private full-day tour that includes a sunrise and sunset boat ride on the Ganges River. Visit landmarks in and around Varanasi including Banaras Hindu University (BHU)'s Bharat Kala Bhavan museum, and Dhamekh Stupa in Sarnath — an important Buddhist site. Finally, watch the evening aarti ceremony from the sunset boat cruise. Highlight • Private 15-hour tour of Varanasi with Ganges River cruise • Take two cruises on the Ganges River, one at sunrise and one at sunset that includes the Ganga Aarti ceremony. • Visit two Hindu temples, and a musuem on the Banaras Hindu University campus • See Dhamekh Stupa, an important Buddhist site in Sarnath • Includes private guide and vehicle, Ganges boat ride and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 15 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$110.83
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$110.83
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Full Day Tour of Varanasi

Full Day Tour of Varanasi

This full day tour includes a sunrise and a sunset float on the Ganga river. we will also visit at least three temples in different parts of the city, via rickshaw or taxi (depending on the size of the group). We will walk through the narrow and sometimes bewildering allies of the old city to orient ourselves to their place next to Ganga and the ghats. Finally we will enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of the evening Ganga ceremony.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.67
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$73.67
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Varanasi Full-day Tour with Guide & Boat Ride

Varanasi Full-day Tour with Guide & Boat Ride

Explore Varanasi on a private full-day tour that includes a sunrise and sunset boat ride on the Ganges River. Visit landmarks in and around Varanasi including Banaras Hindu University (BHU)'s Bharat Kala Bhavan museum, and Dhamekh Stupa in Sarnath — an important Buddhist site. Finally, watch the evening aarti ceremony from the sunset boat cruise. Highlight • Private 14-hour tour of Varanasi with Ganges River cruise • Take two cruises on the Ganges River, one at sunrise and one at sunset that includes the Ganga Aarti ceremony. • Visit two Hindu temples, and a musuem on the Banaras Hindu University campus • See Dhamekh Stupa, an important Buddhist site in Sarnath • Includes private guide and vehicle, Ganges boat ride and hotel pickup and drop-off
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  • 14 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$286.67
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$286.67
Price varies by group size
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Varanasi walking tour

Varanasi walking tour

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.00
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Ganges River (Ganga) costs USD 16.65. Guided Ganges River (Ganga) tours start around USD 16.65 per person. See all 37 Ganges River (Ganga) tickets and tours on Viator.
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