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Varanasi Ghats (Banaras Ghats) Tours and Activities

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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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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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$117.34
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.00
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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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$42.67
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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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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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$90.00
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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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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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  • 4 hours
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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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$103.47
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Varanasi Sunrise Boat Tour

Varanasi Sunrise Boat Tour

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A rowing boat ride at dawn along the Ganges is a quintessential Varanasi experience. The early-morning light is particularly inspiring, and all the color and clamour of pilgrims bathing and performing puja unfolds before you. An hour-long trip south from Dashashwamedh Ghat to Harishchandra Ghat and to Manikarnika Ghat and back is popular and be prepared to see a burning corpse at Harishchandra and Manikarnika Ghat The old buildings, ashrams and places along the river side tend to glow when the sun light hits them. The ancient name of the city “Kashi” signifies the same. People talking bath, performing rituals, worshiping to the Sun, washing clothes… it all happens
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  • 2 hours
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$30.00
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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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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 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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Walking tours in Varanasi

Walking tours in Varanasi

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I am a licensed guide by 'The Ministry of Tourism & Culture' which is actually pretty rare in Varanasi. That ensures that you are with a well-trained & learned person. We are professional & understand the manners of foreign countries as well. We follow certain business ethos & work culture. Satisfaction of the guests is our priority.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Immerse yourself in Varanasi's essence. 2 Days Tour

Immerse yourself in Varanasi's essence. 2 Days Tour

If you have two days to experience Varanasi this program is perfectly adapted to your needs! From morning to night, for two full days, we will be your host, friend and guide, and together we will visit the most emblematic places of the city, known and unknown places, temples, bazaars, markets, ceremonies and rituals, stories and tales ... We will discover corners and alleys that are not in the guides and others that are not easily accessible to the public. Touring the city in our company you will feel at home. Are you coming with us?
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$248.33
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$248.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.00
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Privet morning boat tour - to feel soul of Varanasi..

Privet morning boat tour - to feel soul of Varanasi..

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If one want to feel the soul of Varanasi and River Ganga, one has to take a boat trip to see the horizon.. The city is built on the western curve of the holy Ganga River. Witness the breathtaking sunrise on the the horizon as it radiates its light among-st the colorful buildings, ashrams, and city escape along the River Ganga. As the sun rises in Varanasi, you will be experiencing 1 of the 5 rituals performed for the worship of the sacred Ganges River called the Ganga Aarti. See groups of young Brahmins and sadhus, draped in saffron robes waving incense sticks or holding large flaming lamps while exerting intricate and extravagant movements and emitting devotional chants and hymns. After encountering the sacred performance, enjoy a morning boat ride around the Ghats of the city and marvel at its mesmerizing views. Cap off your spiritual adventure with a casual stroll along the various Ghats of Varanasi to complete your visit to India’s most divine city..
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$16.19
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Varanasi City Tour - Walking, Boating & Enjoying

Varanasi City Tour - Walking, Boating & Enjoying

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It’s a city with deep cultural experience, The scared river of Ganga preserve the memory of thousands years in her motherly water which flows just in the center of the city. Our tours will take you to magnificent Sunset with Ganga Aarti (Praying to the God of river –The Ganges) where life starts at the bank of mother ganga with a morning eye opener prayers by scared priest, you can enjoy these spectacular scenes on boat. This is a lifetime cultural experience to not MISS !. While at same places while exploring cultural heritage you will find THE END of life at Manikarnika Ghat where people are burning dead body of loved ones. Our tours will bring you to life and death experience at cultural heritage sites of Mother Ganges.
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  • 3 hours
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$27.74
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Full Day City Tour of Varanasi

Full Day City Tour of Varanasi

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This activity will give you leasure and pleasure with local guide. You can see Varanasi by local eyes and feel the city as a local.
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  • 8 hours
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$95.65
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Day Tour to Sarnath with Boating and Ganga Aarti

Day Tour to Sarnath with Boating and Ganga Aarti

Explore the spiritual and pious city of Sarnath, the place where Buddha gave his first sermon and one which remains as one of the four key sites of the Buddhist circuit. Explore Varanasi with a boat ride on the Ganges and a heritage walk of the oldest part of the city! Witness the Ganga Aarti, one of the most magical experiences (where a fire is used as an offering by the priests) of the city.
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  • 6 hours
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$44.80
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Live a round experience in Varanasi. 3 Days Tour

Live a round experience in Varanasi. 3 Days Tour

If you have three days to explore Varanasi and want to have an unforgettable experience, this tour is the best! We will be your host, friend and guide for three full days. During two days we will visit together the most emblematic places of the new and old city, known and unknown places, temples, palaces, bazaars, markets, ceremonies and rituals ... And on the third day we will look for a respite in a quiet place. Come with us, among cereal fields, orchards and farms, and let's explore a village in search of the slow and traditional rhythm of life outside the bustling and busy city of Varanasi. You will spend unforgettable hours in a natural environment, with pure air and nature around you, discovering the essence of a rural area. What more could you want for a round tour?
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$321.91
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Varanasi Tuk Tuk Tour

Varanasi Tuk Tuk Tour

Outing on a TukTuk is a unique experience in itself, explore the attractions in the city, centuries old buildings, narrow lanes on a very famous mean of local travel. 1. Join us on this amazing and completely offbeat experience of Varanasi; pass through the hustle and bustle of the city, soak up Varanasi's unique sights, architect and colorful lanes and its magnificent beauty on this tour. Capture the beauty of colorful lanes, houses, historical monuments in this experience, a good way to explore holy city especially if you are a traveler and looking to savour this city. 3. Listen to heart warming stories of the city, amazing insights and first hand experiences into the lives of locals, the colourful Indian culture, customs, traditions and friendly storytellers will ensure that this a fun, enjoyable and unforgettable experience for you to remember for life. 4. By the end of the tour you will develop a great perspective of the city, its culture, life of a local.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$17.97
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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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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$275.92
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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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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$183.00
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Varanasi Ghats (Banaras Ghats) costs USD 6.12. Guided Varanasi Ghats (Banaras Ghats) tours start around USD 6.12 per person. See all 39 Varanasi Ghats (Banaras Ghats) tickets and tours on Viator.
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