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Evening Boat Ride Guided tour while Ganga Arti Varanasi

Take an evening boat tour on the sacred Ganges River for a memorable experience of the nightly aarti ceremony in Varanasi. Traveling by boat allows you to escape the crowds on land, get close to several ghats, and enjoy unobstructed views of the evening rituals. Your tour includes a guide, snacks, and convenient hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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  • Duration: 1 hour
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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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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 14 hours
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2 Days Varanasi and Ganges Tour

Spend two days exploring Varanasi and the Ganges River during this comprehensive tour. Traveling with a guide and following a carefully curated itinerary means you won't miss a thing, and you'll visit hidden gems that you might not otherwise find on your own. Activities include witnessing a grand aarti ceremony on the Ganges banks, an early-morning boat ride, and a walking tour of Old Varanasi.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 days
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Sacred Varanasi and Ganges River Ceremony Tour

Experience the color and culture of Varanasi, known as Kashi or the city of life, on this 6-hour guided tour which includes the Durga Temple and witnessing an Aarti ceremony on the Ganges River. Hotel pickup and drop-off, guide, and private transportation included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Half-Day Sarnath Tour from Varanasi

This half-day tour transports travelers to the site where Buddha gave his very first sermon back in 528 BC. Venture outside the city and spend some time at Sarnath, one of the religion's most important landmarks.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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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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  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Half-Day Sarnath Tour from Varanasi

Visit Sarnath, one of the world's most important Buddhist sites, on a half-day tour from Varanasi. See several parts of the UNESCO World Heritage Site including Chaukhandi Stupa, Dhamek Stupa, and Mulagandha Kuti Vihar Temple. Continue to the Sarnath Museum to view exhibits of Buddhist art. Includes Private guide and transportation, museum entrance fee, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Day Excursion To Allahabad Same day Tour From Varanasi

Cover all the highlights of Allahabad in a single day tour from Varanasi. This private tour will give you and your party undivided attention from your guide and allow you to travel at your own pace. Visit sites such as the Allahabad Museum, Swaraj Bhawan, Patalpuri Temple, and others with guided commentary tailored to your interests.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Same day Bodhgaya tour from Varanasi

Same day guided visit to Bodhgaya from VaranasiThe crucible of Buddhism, Bodhgaya was where Prince Siddhartha attained enlightenment beneath a bodhi tree 2600 years ago and became Buddha (the 'Awakened One'). In terms of blessedness, this tiny temple town is to Buddhists what Mecca is to Muslims. Unsurprisingly, it attracts thousands of pilgrims from around the world every year, who come for prayer, study and meditation.
  • Duration: 14 hours
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  • Duration: 14 hours
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Private Akhada wrestling tour in Varanasi

Travelers seeking to experience India’s traditional sports will love this private tour in Varanasi to visit Akhada wrestlers. Your private guide will pick you up in the early morning and take you to see the wrestlers practicing. You’ll learn all about the traditional sport, the religious-like devotion of the wrestlers, and will have plenty of chances to speak with the wrestlers and take pictures.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Morning Boat Ride Guided tour in Holy River Ganga Varanasi

India’s spiritual capital hits its peak at sunrise, when many travelers are still asleep. During this guided visit to Varanasi, you’ll travel the city by foot and by boat with a local expert, getting an insider’s peek at life along the ghats. Observe worshippers taking a dip into the holy Ganges, along with sacred cremation rites. You’ll also visit an under-the-radar wrestling ground and meet grave-dwelling sadhus.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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  • Duration: 1 hour
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2-Hour Morning Boat Tour in Varanasi With Ganga Ghat Ceremonies

Take an early morning boat cruise on the Ganges River to see Ganga Ghat at sunrise. During the 2-hour tour you'll watch the morning ceremonies and learn from your guide about Hindu death rituals. Includes cruise, and hotel pickup and drop-off from Varanasi.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Day Trip to Sarnath from Varanasi

Known as the spot where Buddha attained enlightenment, Sarnath remains one of the world’s most historically significant locations. But planning your own way there can mean transportation hassles. Simplify your trip with this in-depth, half-day excursion. Hotel pick-up and drop-off are included, so you can focus on taking in the sights. See where Buddha once gave teachings to followers, and visit the holy Dhamek Stupa and an on-site archaeological museum.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Varanasi Sunrise Day Tour Activity

Watch the sun rise over the Ganges River with this early-morning experience in Varanasi. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning and take you down to the shores of the Ganges, where you'll take a boat ride along the ancient river. You'll then go on a short walking tour of the old part of town, with a stop at a temple before returning to your hotel.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Village Excursion near Varanasi

Enjoy personalized attention and plenty of time to ask questions on this private tour of village life in Varanasi. With a dedicated guide, visit two area villages, Jagannathpuri and Lamhi, where you will learn about how villagers farm, cook, and sustain daily life. Listen to informative commentary from your guide and get the chance to talk to some residents.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Varanasi Day Trip

Visit one of India’s holiest cities, Varanasi, on this full-day private tour. Discover the age-old traditions and customs that have been past down from generation to generation as you explore key landmarks such as Sarnath, the Jain Temple, the Sankat Mochan Temple, and more. End the tour with a relaxing boat ride on the sacred Ganges River and watch the Aarti ceremony that takes place on its banks.
  • Duration: 1 day
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Full Day Private Trip to Bodhgaya from Varanasi

There are a number of sites which are holy to Buddhist in close proximity to Varanasi   and these attract large number of tourists all over the globe. Bodhgaya is such a religious place where Siddharth attained spiritual enlightment under a Bodhi tree and became Buddha in 6th century B.C. This place has the same prominence to Buddhist as Jerusalem to the Christians and Mecca to Muslims.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Varanasi Tour by E-rickshaw

Varanasi, one of the ancient inhabited cities of the world prides itself with a recorded history of over 5000 years. Take a riding tour in an electric rickshaw of this holy city sacred to Hindu religion who believes that dying in Varanasi brings them closer to salvation. The images of pilgrims set against the backdrop of the River Ganges and the centuries old temples are a unique experience. The E-rickshaws are noise free and a comfortable way to enjoy the culture and the local life in the city
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Excursion to Allahabad from Varanasi

Allahabad is situated at the confluence of the 3 sacred rivers - Ganga, Yamuna & the invisible Saraswati. It is here at the sangam that Hindus converge for a holy dip especially during the Kumbha Mela, held here every 12 years after. 
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Excursion to Allahabad from Varanasi with Lunch

From Varanasi, a private chauffeur driven vehicle will take you on a full day excursion to the sacred city of Allahabad. Drive for approximately three hours to reach the city which boasts a cultural, political and religious importance for nearly 3000 years.  Your local guide will take you to the Sangam, which is a religious confluence of three rivers - Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, Anand Bhawan, a museum housing memorabilia and personal belongings of national leaders and the Hanuman Mandir located near the Sangam. After lunch, you will be driven to Varanasi for a drop back to your city hotel.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Day Excursion To Sarnath From Varanasi With Transfers and Tour Guide

Welcome to Varanasi- Day Excursion To Sarnath From Varanasi organize Pickup from Varanasi Airport / Hotel in Varanasi in a Private Airconditioned Car.and Take to Excursion to Sarnath in this Private Day Trip.Skip the Line access and You stay to relax after Journey . and Look for recommendations too.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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3 Hours Private Varanasi Cooking Tour

• Highlights • more about traditional Indian spices and how to make the traditional food • Learn specific techniques for making Indian food and using the spices • Visit the vegetable market and learn how to barter with local vendors • Enjoy your food with a local familyInclusiveEnglish Speaking Guide Mineral Water Hotel pick up & Drop offLunch Cooking class GST (Goods & Service Tax )ExclusionArrival / DepartureGratitude 
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Guided City Tour Full Day Varanasi

If you are running short on time or just come down to explore touristic destinations in and around city, full day city tour is the best option. We have picked up all the spilled pieces together and created a beautiful garland of it in our Trails of Varanasi tour, an unmatched heritage experience with awesome stories to understand a city's existence, culture and lifestyle. Highlights of the tour will be following 1. Bharat Mata Mandir and St. Mary's Cathedral 2. Sarnath Tour 3. Tomb of Lal Khan and Alamgir Mosque 4. Ramnagar Fort 5. Shastri Home and Bharat Kala Bhavan 6. Banaras Hindu University 7. Shri Durga Temple and Assi Ghat 8. Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple 9. St. Thomas Church, Man Mandir Observatory, Gyan Kupor Well 10. Dashashwamedh ghat and Ganga Aarti Lunch at Local's Favorite Spot (Complimentary)
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 9 hours
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