Banaras Ghats Tours

Varanasi’s ghats (Banaras Ghats) 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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Travel between the Banaras Ghats by auto-rickshaw or on a boat trip along the river. Trips from Dashashwamedh Ghat to Manikarnika Ghat are popular, although some boat operators begin at the most southerly ghat, Assi, and head north.
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Address: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India
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Insight Varanasi Day Tour

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.
  • Duration: 14 hours
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  • Duration: 14 hours
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3-Hour Varanasi Morning Sunrise Boat Tour

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.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Full-Day Tour Ganga Aarti Ceremony from Varanasi

Enjoy Full Day Private cultural tour to explore the picturesque city, Varanasi, the holy city of India is also known as one of the popular tourist destinations that boost tourism in India. Varanasi is famous for its rich culture that is carried on for centuries and followed by generations, visit Chaukhandi Stupa, Dhamek Stupa, and Sarnath Museum Explore Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Manas Mandir, Banaras Ghats, Assi Ghat, Dasaswamedh Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Banaras Hindu University, Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath), Monkey Temple (Durga Temple). Enjoy also the boat ride at holy river Ganga and get a whole new feeling and ultimate touring experience by taking a full day trip to Varanasi.This is a Private Trip . English Speaking Tour will be Provided.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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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
  • Duration: 2 days
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3-Day Private Tour: Taj Mahal nd Holy Ganges Tour from Delhi to Agra to Varanasi

Experience the best of India on this three-day private tour from Agra to Varanasi. See the Taj Mahal at sunrise, cruise along the Ganges River, see an Aari ceremony, visit Fort Agra and more. This single tour highlights the best of these two cities and is not to be missed.
  • Duration: 3 days
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  • Duration: 3 days
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Experience Varanasi in a 3 Days City Sightseeing Private Trip With Tour Guide

Varanasi is one the sacred places of India and one of the most visited tourist destinations in North India. It holds a special and much higher place according to Hindu customs and beliefs. It represents a perfect blend of physical, philosophical and supernatural elements. It is considered as a place where the soul can attain ultimate peace.  Highlights of Tour : Attend the Grand Aarti CeremonyStroll around the lanes of VaranasiVisit Mulagandha Kuti Vihar, Dhamek Stupa, Sarnath Museum at SarnathExplore Benaras Hindu UniversityVisit Kashi Vishwanath temple, Durga temple and Tulasi Manas Temple in Varanasi Covering Many Points including Tours to Banaras Ghats, Assi Ghat, Dasaswamedh Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Banaras Hindu University, Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath), Monkey Temple (Durga Temple) and other Mentioned Places in the Trip.
  • Duration: 3 days
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  • Duration: 3 days
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Varanasi Morning Sunrise Boat Tour - 3 Hours.

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
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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