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Manikarnika Ghat is one of the oldest and most sacred ghats in Varanasi. It is the main cremation ghat in the area, with the bodies of devout Hindus being burned here before their ashes are carried away by the holy waters of the Ganges.

Hindu mythology links this ghat with Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. It’s said that those cremated here will attain moksha (salvation). Bodies are brought to Manikarnika Ghat via a stretcher made from bamboo and covered in red cloth, before being consigned to flames amid prayers that their souls rest in peace for eternity.

There is a sacred well at the ghat called the Manikarnika Kund, which is said to have been dug by Lord Vishnu at the time of creation. Lord Vishnu was said to have meditated for many years at the ghat, and it’s believed that his charana paduka (footprints) can be seen here in a circular marble slab. Manikarnika Ghat is also famous for the temple of the Lord Shiva and Mata Durga, which was built here in the mid-1800s.

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Ghasi Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, 221001
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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
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$185.00
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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
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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
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$48.00
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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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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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Private 5-Hour Varanasi Tour at Dawn Including Boat Ride

Private 5-Hour Varanasi Tour at Dawn Including Boat Ride

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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.
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  • 5 hours
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$83.00
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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
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Plan Your Varanasi Tour the Way You Like

Plan Your Varanasi Tour the Way You Like

The city of Varanasi is the center of spiritualism in India and deserves at least a full day of exploration. This private tour can be customized to your interests and can include a traditional Ganga Aarti viewing, a visit to the local temples, a stroll through the narrow and busy streets of Varanasi, and much more as you explore the city at your own pace with your guide.
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  • 10 hours
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$99.34
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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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Private Half-Day Walking Tour of Varanasi including the Golden Temple

Private Half-Day Walking Tour of Varanasi including the Golden Temple

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Get a first-hand peek at Varanasi’s top highlights with this exclusive walking tour through India’s energy-filled spiritual capital. Choose between flexible tour offerings for personalized convenience. Opt for a dawn boat ride on the holy Ganges or get a front-row look at the city’s famous fire ceremonies. Along the way, you’ll also cover the cremation ghats, Vishwanath Temple, and off-the-beaten-track alley shops.
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  • 3 hours
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$30.00
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Varanasi Boat Ride and Ancient Temples Day Tour with Breakfast

Varanasi Boat Ride and Ancient Temples Day Tour with Breakfast

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Experience Varanasi on a sunrise cruise on the Ganges River followed by visits to several temples during a half-day tour accompanied by a private guide. Ride in a boat from Assi Ghat to Manikarnika Ghat, observe a puja ceremony at Kashi Vishwanath temple, and visit two more temples for a comprehensive overview of one of the world’s oldest living cities. Includes traditional vegetarian breakfast, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 5 hours
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A Journey of A lifetime

A Journey of A lifetime

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FEEL THE CITY DIFFERENTLY WE DON'T JUST WORK FOR PAYCHECK WE WORK FOR TRANSFORMATIONAL The Best Way to Explore Varanasi is Through Walk We Offers you a Special Walk in which we take people from the deep in the alleyways and shows yau mostly touristic places as well as non touristic places And In that we about culture, religion and tradition and gives you the opportunity to enjoy the natural living lifestyle of Varanasi ltinery: Kashi Vishalakshi Temple famous from southern part of India) .Nepali Temple (built by the king of Nepal) .Manikarnika Ghat (a place where they burn the body) Under Ground Temple (shiva temple) .Alangir Mosque (built by the Mughal emperor auranjeb) one of the Place to drink lass in varamasi) ( Heritage area Ancient Houses (built by the kings of different parts of India) (Traditional work done by the Muslim people Raja Harishhandra ghat Including evening ceremony Please let us know if you have anything specific in your mind we will make it happen it is possible
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$20.80
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Cultural & Spiritual Trails of Old Town Varanasi Guided Walking Tour

Cultural & Spiritual Trails of Old Town Varanasi Guided Walking Tour

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Varanasi or traditionally known as Kashi (meaning light), is believed to be the oldest city on the planet standing today. We have seen people coming to Varanasi with great hopes & expectations, but most of the time we felt that they leave Varanasi without understanding the true essence of the city, its glorious past and spiritual history. Did you know that in ancient history people dreamt of dying in Varanasi only and no where else? Varanasi has been the most important place for people seeking liberation and enlightenment, even Buddha got enlightened very near to Varanasi. 1. This walking tour is a journey, of exploring Varanasi in its true sense, a great induction of the city, its history, its vibrant culture, and its people with lots of wonderful stories about the city, fun facts and must do things in the city. 2. You will explore the city's gems in unique style of ‘infotainment’ that you would easily miss exploring by our own and will make your journey to Varanasi truly special.
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  • 2 hours
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$11.49
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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 Walking Tour

Varanasi Walking Tour

For first-time visitors, Varanasi can often feel like an overwhelming place. Get your bearings in India’s holiest Hindu city with ease on a free walking tour—you only pay what you deem appropriate. Your guide peels back the rich layers of history, culture, and religion, and points out the most significant Varanasi spots.
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  • 2 hours
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$12.89
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Afternoon Varanasi tour w/ Boat Ride, Ganga Aarti,Classical Dance & Yoga Session

Afternoon Varanasi tour w/ Boat Ride, Ganga Aarti,Classical Dance & Yoga Session

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Explore the riverbanks of the Ganges and its sacred burning ghats on this small-group tour in Varanasi. With a guide in the lead, you'll follow a carefully-curated itinerary designed to show you the best of the city. Visit the major markets, temples, and shrines set among the winding back alleys of the city. Traveling with a small group gives you personalized attention and time to ask questions.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$49.07
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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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$16.65
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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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Half Day Varanasi tour w/ Boat Ride, Ganga Aarti, Classical Dance & Yoga Session

Half Day Varanasi tour w/ Boat Ride, Ganga Aarti, Classical Dance & Yoga Session

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Experience the culture and mystical aspect of India in this morning tour of Varanasi which will take you along the banks of holy river Ganges on a boat ride. Be a part of the Hindu culture and its many rituals including the aarti, a classical dance, followed by a meditative yoga session.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$49.07
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Cycle of Life, Death & Rebirth (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour)

Cycle of Life, Death & Rebirth (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour)

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Varanasi has always been a place that people in India consciously chose to die in for centuries. Varanasi is always associated with the mysteries of life, death & rebirth. If you are a seeker and looking to experience Varanasi in a manner it was built for and want to learn about the culture and genesis of spirituality in Varanasi? join us on our special walking tour through the cycle of life, death & rebirth, experience the power of holy rituals and understand the true essence of Kashi. On this guided walking tour, we take you to experience the serenity & life energies in Varanasi, our storyteller will share beautiful stories of the ancient past that would make you understand and appreciate the importance of rituals in daily life for a blissful living experience. Walk along the ghats of Kashi an unique experience to watch colorful mélange of different people; Hindu gurus doing meditations, prayers on the stairs, and learn energy transformation techniques to balance energy within you.
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  • 2 hours
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$14.36
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Cremation Walk Tour, Varanasi - A Guided Tour

Cremation Walk Tour, Varanasi - A Guided Tour

If you wish to explore India through small lanes, barely accessible to vehicles and explore more about Hinduism, Varanasi is the perfect city to go. Varanasi is one of Hinduism's seven Holy cities and also, is the oldest living city in the World. It is believed that if you die here, you will get Moksha and will be liberated from the cycle of life and death. This is a tour where you can experience the rituals Hindus perform upon the death of a person. Hindus believe that, after dying, based on your Karma you are reborn and the cycle of death and rebirth goes on. In this tour, after taking you to the markets of Varanasi we take you to the ghats where you can observe all the rituals conducted after the death of a person. Also, you can observe how morning prayers are done at the Ghats of River Ganga. This tour is best suited if you wish to know more about the Hindu culture. Tour Timings: 6:00 am - 10:00 am
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$29.44
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Evening Tour with Boat ride, Ganga aarti, Heritage walk and Classical Dance show

Evening Tour with Boat ride, Ganga aarti, Heritage walk and Classical Dance show

Explore the culturally rich Varanasi, one of the oldest inhabited cities across the whole World in this evening tour where you will go boating by the Ganges, experience a heritage walk in the oldest alleys of this city, witness the enchanting Ganga aarti and be a part of the classical dance evening.
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  • 6 hours
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$44.80
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Afternoon tour of Varanasi with Evening Boat ride & Dinner

Afternoon tour of Varanasi with Evening Boat ride & Dinner

Explore Varanasi and the complete ins and outs of this mystical city that is believed to be one of the oldest inhabited cities in the World and one which is also revered as one of holiest places in India. Witness the majestic Ganga aarti, explore some of the most visited and revered temples with a walk through the oldest alleys of this city and much more!
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  • 6 hours
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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
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