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Ganges River (Ganga) Tours and Tickets

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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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Banaras Wala Tours

Banaras Wala Tours

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What makes my tours different from others is that first Our availability is our introduction. And our service and our Hinduism philosophy and local Activists is our brand! 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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$19.27
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$19.27
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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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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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Private Varanasi Guided Tour with Boat Ride

Private Varanasi Guided Tour with Boat Ride

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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 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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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
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$120.00
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$120.00
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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
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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
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$210.00
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$210.00
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Private Varanasi Spiritual Tour Including Sunrise and Sunset Boat Rides

Private Varanasi Spiritual Tour Including Sunrise and Sunset Boat Rides

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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
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$64.00
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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
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$115.83
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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
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$96.34
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Varanasi tour in 3 days without accommodation

Varanasi tour in 3 days without accommodation

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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
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  • 3 days
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$140.00
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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
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$106.67
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6-hour Morning tour of Varanasi with Boat Ride, Akhada & Heritage Walk

6-hour Morning tour of Varanasi with Boat Ride, Akhada & Heritage Walk

Explore Varanasi, the city of temples and ghats and one which is believed to be one of the oldest in the world. Witness the city come to life at dusk, be a part of the local rituals, sail along the banks of the Ganga on a boat ride and visit a traditional Akhada (a place for training and practice of Indian martial arts).
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  • 6 hours
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$49.07
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Ganges Sunrise Boat Trip: India's Holy Mother Ganga - A Sunrise Boat Excursion

Ganges Sunrise Boat Trip: India's Holy Mother Ganga - A Sunrise Boat Excursion

The sunrise boat excursion on the Ganges River is one of the most popular attractions in Varanasi. The excursion introduces you to the unique morning rituals of the Hindu population, who visit the ghats (steps down to the river) to immerse themselves in the holy river. While in the water, Hindus face the Sun. They believe that bathing in this form washes away all sins. Highlights • Morning atmosphere on the river • Walk through the ghats
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$103.00
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$103.00
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Private Full-Day Varanasi Cultural Tour with Ganges Evening Boat Ride

Private Full-Day Varanasi Cultural Tour with Ganges Evening Boat Ride

Explore the religious devotion and sacred locations that make Varanasi tick on this full-day private tour. See the famous Vishwanath Temple, and other city shrines including the monkey temple, Sankat Mochan. Then, visit Sarnath, regarded as a birthplace of Buddhism, before an evening boat ride along the River Ganges to view the illuminated 'ghats' (riverside steps) and lanterns of the Ganga Aaarti ceremony.
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  • 10 hours
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$85.00
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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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$150.00
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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
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Guiding based tour in Varanasi, India

Guiding based tour in Varanasi, India

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The main attraction of varanasi is river Ganges and surrounding. This tour covers everything. Boat ride at the time of sunrise is most amazing sightseeing of the city is done in this tour. Crematorium and Vishvanath temple (Golden temple) makes you to feel also surprising. Heritage walk - the part of the morning activities include walking through d old part of the city which is more of an heritage walk, seeing old houses, temples passing by small Ayurveda stores with essential oils, spices, incense sticks n passing by d flower market with so many different kind of flowers... Marigolds, lotus, Gladulas r essential part of our day to day life n offerings to a temple...
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00
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Varanasi full day tour with Morning and Evening Boat ride

Varanasi full day tour with Morning and Evening 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 12-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 Dhasmekh 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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  • 12 hours
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$125.00
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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
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$25.00
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Private Tour: Varanasi (Holy City) Full-Day Tour

Private Tour: Varanasi (Holy City) Full-Day Tour

Experience the real Indian Culture on this Full-Day Varanasi City tour which is a holy city. There are many things to do like boat ride which is available in the morning and in the evening as well. Explore the Sarnath, the city where the Lord Buddha gave his first sermon, and witness the Aarti ceremony at the Ghats of the city.
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  • 1 day
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$105.60
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3 Hours Sunrise Walking Tour in Assi Ghat with Boat Ride

3 Hours Sunrise Walking Tour in Assi Ghat with Boat Ride

The best moment to experience Varanasi is at sunrise! Witnessing the city waking up and starting the day with the religious rituals on the river and the immersion of devotees can truly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We are going to take you on a journey through a few of the daily rituals connected to the Ganga: we will follow the river’s flow and will stop at some significant places to fully enjoy the spiritual life of the city. Get up at the crack of dawn with us for this amazing boat journey. As the sun rises you will see those who flock to the riverside for morning worship. Along the way you will hear about the interesting history of the Ghats and their patronage by the Maharajas who built them. The adventure ends with a short walking tour around a hidden sun temple. After this beautiful sunrise boat ride you will be dropped back to Assi Ghat from where you were picked up. If you wish to arrange a pick up or drop from hotel, you can ask in advance.
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  • 3 hours
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$37.23
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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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