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icon12 to 14 hours  (approx.)
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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.
  • Take a private sightseeing tour around the city of Varanasi
  • Cruise along the Ganges River and watch the Aarti ritual
  • Learn about the Hindu religion as you explore sacred sites
  • Enjoy a personalized experience with a private guide and vehicle
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Private boat during evening and morning boat ride
All monument entrances
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5:30 AM
We shall pick you up from your Hotel at 05:30 AM.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Tour Varanasi
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Do not waste your time or money. It is NOT a full day tour
, Apr 2019
I booked this tour because I wanted a full day of sight seeing in Varanasi. I only had one day there, and I thought this tour would be the answer. I was so wrong. I do not even know the guide's name because he never even told me his name. The guide arrived at 5:30am for our sunrise boat ride. I was staying right on the Ganges, so it did not take long to arrive at the water. We walked for about 20 minutes while he tried to find a boat for us, along the way we kept stopping, and I am assuming he was asking for availability. Shouldn't this have been decided before I arrived? The guide provided little to no explanation during the boat ride, if I did not ask a question, it was silence. Then, after the boat ride, I was told that I have 2 hours for a breakfast break. I said that we were supposed to go for a walk through the city, and I had to argue for it. The guide had no interest in going. Did I really need 2 hours for breakfast? It did not say anywhere in the itinerary that I would have so much down time, but I agreed to it. After breakfast, we went to Sarnath. Again, there was little to no explanation. After a short exploration, it was 11:30. I was then told that the guide would meet me again at 3:00pm to finish the tour. I had just had a 2 hour break, and now I was going to have a 3 1/2 hour break?! Why would I book a full day tour if I was now going to have FIVE hours on my own before 3:00? Yes, it was hot, but I kept telling my guide that I was ok with the heat. He did not care, and kept telling me he would return at 3:00pm. After the guide dropped me off at my hotel, I told him not to come back. I did not even finish the remainder of the tour with him. I was so disappointed, I did not want to waste any more of the little time I had there with his nonsense. When I asked for his name and tour company information, he would not give it to me. This tour was advertised as if it would be a full day, comprehensive tour of Varanasi. Instead, it was a terrible guide with more down time than actual touring. Please do not make the same mistake that I did, and do not book this tour.

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