Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath) Tours

The Golden Temple, known locally as Kashi Vishwanath, is situated in Varanasi on the west banks of the River Ganges. It’s dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the 12 jyotirlinga sites – the holiest and most sacred of Shiva shrines.

This important temple was built in 1780 by the Maratha monarch and is a fine example of ancient Hindu architecture. It has a huge golden spire and its domes are said to be made from pure gold. Inside the complex there are a series of smaller shrines situated along a small lane called the Vishwanatha Galli. To the north of the main temple, there is a small well called the Jnana Vapi (Wisdom Well), where it’s believed that the jyotirlinga was hidden at times of invasion. 

Kashi Vishwanath is a main pilgrimage site for Hindus visiting Varanasi and can become incredibly busy as it welcomes thousands of people every day. A visit to the temple and a bath in the River Ganges is believed to lead devotees to moksha (liberation), meaning Hindus from all over the world aim to visit the holy site at least once in their lifetimes.

Practical Info

The Golden Temple is located along the banks of the River Ganges in Varanasi. The easiest way to reach it from around the city is via taxi or auto-rickshaw.
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Address: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India
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Private Half-Day Walking Tour of Varanasi including the Golden Temple

Get a first-hand peek at Varanasi’s top highlights with this exclusive walking tour through India’s energy-filled spiritual capital. Choose between flexible tour offerings for personalized convenience. Opt for a dawn boat ride on the holy Ganges or get a front-row look at the city’s famous fire ceremonies. Along the way, you’ll also cover the cremation ghats, Vishwanath Temple, and off-the-beaten-track alley shops.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Varanasi Tour with Ganges Cruise

See the best of Varanasi's myriad pilgrimage sites with this full-day tour. Your guide will take you to Hindu temples such as the Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple and the Golden Temple (named as such for its 800 kilos of gold plating on its towers). You'll also go on a boat ride on the Ganges River, culminating with a stop to watch the evening prayer ceremonies held right on the riverbanks.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Varanasi Boat Ride and Ancient Temples Day Tour with Breakfast

Experience Varanasi on a sunrise cruise on the Ganges River followed by visits to several temples during a 5-hour tour accompanied by a private guide. Ride in a boat from Assi Ghat to Daswamedha Ghat, observe a puja ceremony at Kashi Vishwanath temple, and visit two more temples for a comprehensive overview of one of world’s oldest living cities. Includes traditional vegetarian breakfast, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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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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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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Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour in Varanasi

If you’re visiting Varanasi on a time budget, cover more of the city’s highlights in less time on a half-day sightseeing tour that provides a perfect introduction for first-time visitors. Choosing a private tour means that you’ll receive the undivided attention of your guide as you tick off top attractions such as Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath), Manikarnika Ghat, and Dasaswamedh Ghat. Plus, a choice of morning or afternoon departure times means you can fit this tour into even the busiest sightseeing schedule.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private 5-Hour Varanasi Tour at Dawn Including Boat Ride

If you’re looking for an enchanting experience of India’s religious traditions, opt for this private 5-hour tour of Varanasi at dawn. Take a sunrise cruise down the holy Ganges River, see bodies publicly cremated at Manikarnika Ghat, and visit the famous Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath). See, too, pilgrims bathe at Assi Ghat and local wrestlers fight in mud pits during this cultural experience. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Varanasi are included.
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Full-Day Varanasi Tour with Sunrise Ganges Cruise and Classical Dance Show

The 5,000-year-old city of Varanasi is one of the world’s most energetic spiritual hubs, packed with teeming temples and thrilling fire rituals. With such a wealth of sights, it would take most travelers weeks to tick off even the highlights. But you’ll cover the best of Varanasi during this action-packed walking tour, which also includes a sunrise boat ride, classical dance show, lunch, and transportation.
  • Duration: 14 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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Varanasi Evening Walk Tour with Ganga Aarti

Varanasi can be a confusing city for travelers, with its narrow winding lanes and intense cultural experiences. Remove the hassle with a guided evening walking tour. Follow your guide through the alleys, markets, temples, and heritage homes of Old Varanasi while they tell you stories about this ancient city. End at the riverside ghats (or large steps) to watch the nightly Ganga Aarti, a Hindu ceremony of worship.
  • Duration: 3 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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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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