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Varanasi Boat Ride and Ancient Temples Day Tour with Breakfast

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Varanasi, India
Varanasi Boat Ride and Ancient Temples Day Tour with Breakfast

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Overview

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.
  • View the sunrise over the ghats along the Ganges
  • Visit several popular temples
  • Witness a puja ritual and learn about Hindu customs
  • Includes light breakfast, transportation, private guide, and hotel pickup and drop-off
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Light refreshments
Professional guide
Boat Ride
Morning Arti
Walking
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

5:00 AM
Start in the early morning with a hotel pickup and transfer to the boat.

Cruise along the Ganges River in the company of your guide, who shares informative commentary about Hindu mythology. From the water, you can view the sun as it rises over the enormous ghats of Varanasi. Starting at the city’s most prominent bathing ghat, Assi Ghat, and travel through the 5000-year history of Varanasi. The boat ride ends at Manikarnika, the cremation ghat.

Next up, visit Kashi Vishwanath, a 17th-century temple that is one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations in north India. Participate in the morning puja (ceremonial prayers), then stop at a local restaurant for a vegetarian breakfast.

After breakfast, head to Sankat Mochan Temple, dedicated to the monkey god Hanuman. Devotees offer yellow sweets to the temple deity at Sankat Mochan, which translates as 'the one who relieves you from all the troubles.' Your final stop takes in the new Vishwanath temple (aka Birla temple), a replica of the original temple that is decorated with intricately carved white marble.

Your tour ends with a transfer back to your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Assi Ghat
Assi Ghat, city’s most prominent bathing Ghat, the boat ride takes you through the 5000-year old history of Varanasi, also believed to be one of world’s oldest living cities. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, enjoy a surreal sunrise, floating on the sacred river.
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Manikarnika Ghat
The boat ride ends at Manikarnika, the cremation Ghat of Varanasi, marking the journey of a person from birth to death and ultimately attaining salvation. You will learn from your guide the legends and stories that bind the city together from time immemorial.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple (Golden Temple)
Kashi Vishwanath Temple at 7:30am, crossing through the legendary narrow lanes of Varanasi. This 17th century temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and has the reputation of being one of the most visited temples in north India. Participate in the morning Pooja (ceremonial prayers) ritual and get an insight into the culture and traditions of Hinduism.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sankat Mochan Temple
Sankat Mochan Temple, dedicated to the monkey god of Hindu mythology. “Sankat Mochan” literally means the one who relieves you from all the troubles, andthis ancient temple is believed to have divine power. Devotees flock in huge numbers and offer yellow sweets to the temple deity “Hanumana”.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Birla Mandir
Vishwanath temple, also called the Birla temple, made as a replica of the original temple with intricate carvings on beautiful white marble.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Group discount is available
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY GeTs Holidays

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Varanasi Boat Ride and Ancient Temples Day Tour with Breakfast?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Varanasi Boat Ride and Ancient Temples Day Tour with Breakfast?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Varanasi Boat Ride and Ancient Temples Day Tour with Breakfast?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Varanasi Boat Ride and Ancient Temples Day Tour with Breakfast?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Varanasi Boat Ride and Ancient Temples Day Tour with Breakfast?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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The boat ride and the first 10mins...
Carolyn B
, Oct 2016
The boat ride and the first 10mins of the walking tour was good -but is mainly private temples not the big one as expected and breakfast was at the end of the walking tour and was just a cafe.

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