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Varanasi Ghats (Banaras Ghats) Tours and Activities

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The ghats in Varanasi 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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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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US$42.67
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US$42.67

4- Hours Private Tour Morning Aarti & Boat Ride With Breakfast

4- Hours Private Tour Morning Aarti & Boat Ride With Breakfast

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Varanasi is home to many ritual sites and sacred temples. Take a private morning tour of Varanasi and explore the various ghats that line the sacred Ganges River. Take a boat ride down the river and observe the morning aarti ritual before heading to a neverending cremation ceremony. This tour is a good way to learn more about the Hindu religion and culture in India's spiritual capital.
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  • 4 hours
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US$69.34
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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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US$90.00
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US$90.00
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Walking tours in Varanasi

Walking tours in Varanasi

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I am a licensed guide by 'The Ministry of Tourism & Culture' which is actually pretty rare in Varanasi. That ensures that you are with a well-trained & learned person. We are professional & understand the manners of foreign countries as well. We follow certain business ethos & work culture. Satisfaction of the guests is our priority.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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US$20.40
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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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US$117.34
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Private Transfer Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport (VNS) To Varanasi Hotels Drop

Private Transfer Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport (VNS) To Varanasi Hotels Drop

Book Private Arrival Transfer Pickup From Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport (VNS) To Drop at any Varanasi Location in an Private Transportation with English Speaking Car Driver . Flight Delays are Accepted and Car Driver will wait up to your Arrival. Find us with an Name Card at Airport Guest Receiving Area where all waits for Guests. This is Private Arrival Airport Transfer in Varanasi.
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  • 30 minutes
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Varanasi Street Food Crawl (2 Hours Guided Food Tasting Tour)

Varanasi Street Food Crawl (2 Hours Guided Food Tasting Tour)

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Varanasi is known for its ancient food culture that is still alive & visit to Varanasi is incomplete without trying the finger licious food here. We have designed this amazing food crawl experience with an intention to take you to these places for food tasting, so that you can also cherish this food, feast your taste buds and have a fabulous & lasting impression on local food. 1. Taste more than six mouth watering and authentic delicacies of Varanasi, if you are a food lover and enjoy experiencing different kind of foods, then you should not miss this walking tour because trust us, you will surely regret it later. 2. Stroll the lanes with oldest food shop of the Kashi, witness the preparation of the most celebrated sweets, other delicacies. 3. Get an in-depth understanding of local food culture & things that influenced the development of these cuisines. Note: We do quality assurance before adding a place on our food walk, so you can relax and enjoy the food without any worry.
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  • 2 hours
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US$16.98
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Flavors of Varanasi Tour

Flavors of Varanasi Tour

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Experience the city while walking with all your senses and soak up the colors, sounds, sights, aromas and taste. Banaras (Varanasi) offers you the best of history coupled with the best in cuisine as well. The streets have a wide range of eateries all offering delectably scrumptious food that is sure to suit every traveler’s appetite. You can indulge in some great street food items served in any of the major bazaars and streets of old Banaras along with the main course dinner.
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  • 3 hours
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US$36.00
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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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US$210.00
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Varanasi City Tour - Walking, Boating & Enjoying

Varanasi City Tour - Walking, Boating & Enjoying

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It’s a city with deep cultural experience, The scared river of Ganga preserve the memory of thousands years in her motherly water which flows just in the center of the city. Our tours will take you to magnificent Sunset with Ganga Aarti (Praying to the God of river –The Ganges) where life starts at the bank of mother ganga with a morning eye opener prayers by scared priest, you can enjoy these spectacular scenes on boat. This is a lifetime cultural experience to not MISS !. While at same places while exploring cultural heritage you will find THE END of life at Manikarnika Ghat where people are burning dead body of loved ones. Our tours will bring you to life and death experience at cultural heritage sites of Mother Ganges.
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  • 3 hours
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US$27.74
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Royal Rajasthan with Varanasi, 18 days

Royal Rajasthan with Varanasi, 18 days

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Royal Rajasthan with Varanasi is a perfect choice for these travellers who would like to see the most significant places in Rajasthan state which is the most colourful in Indian culture as well as admire the beauty of architecture in order to find out something more about Indian traditions and customs.  The tour includes sightseeing of the cities and towns like the capital of India – Delhi, Agra – the place of Taj Mahal, “pink” city of Rajasthan Jaipur and many other interesting places such as typical Hindu town Orcchha and the town of Kamasutra temples Khajuraho. One of the most important places for Hinduism in India which you are going to see on this tour is a city situated on Ganges river Varanasi, which is perceived as the oldest and the most stunning city in the world. The tour is full of attractions and emotional moments which stay long in your memory and bring you closer to the spirituality of India.
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  • 18 days
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US$2,500.00
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Pilgrimage Varanasi

Pilgrimage Varanasi

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This city has so much to offer to its sightseers that none of them can ever says, “I had enough of it.” This holy city has attracted wanderers from across the globe. Plus you'll get the services of Licensed experienced Guide who'll not only share his knowledge of the city with you but also share his personal experiences and so on.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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US$32.00
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Boat Ride on River Ganges and Stroll in Streets of Vishwanath in Varanasi

Boat Ride on River Ganges and Stroll in Streets of Vishwanath in Varanasi

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Varanasi is one of the oldest living cities in the world. It is a major cultural, historically significant, and highly spiritual city in Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. The city is known for its temples, forts, streets, gastronomy, music, and arts. As the morning sun, take a shared boat ride on the Ganges. See the pilgrims offering prayers to Hindu deities and river goddess Ganga. See people taking dips in the river and wrestlers practicing on the ghats. Witness the Hindu cremation ceremony and the various ghats. Explore the rich architecture of the ghats and forts from outside along the boat ride. The guide will help you narrate stories of Hindu myths, history, and culture of the city and the ghats. Finally, visit the intricate streets around the Kashi Vishwanath Temple. We will have the famous tea on ghats at the end of the trip. The journey from your pick up to the location of activity will be carried in an air-conditioned car.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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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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US$150.00
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US$150.00

Full Day City Tour of Varanasi

Full Day City Tour of Varanasi

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This activity will give you leasure and pleasure with local guide. You can see Varanasi by local eyes and feel the city as a local.
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  • 8 hours
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US$94.31
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US$94.31

Varanasi Sunrise Boat Tour

Varanasi Sunrise Boat Tour

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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
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  • 2 hours
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US$30.00
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Private Full-Day Tour of Varanasi including the Kashi Darshan

Private Full-Day Tour of Varanasi including the Kashi Darshan

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Benefit from personalized attention on this private tour of Varanasi. With round-trip private transportation included, there's no need to rent a car and you can simply focus on the scenery. Your guide will provide commentary tailored to your interests as you visit highlights such as the Ganga Ghats, the Sarnath, Kashi Vishwanath temple, and the Ganga aarti on a boat ride.
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  • 12 hours
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US$55.00
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Varanasi tour in 2 days without accommodation

Varanasi tour in 2 days without accommodation

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This tour package is a perfect selection of Varanasi tours for those individuals who wish to explore Varanasi in two days with one night. It is designed in such a way that it covers most of the touristic and non-touristic (our specialty) activities Varanasi has got to provide together with dawn and sunset boat rides, temples visit, ashram visits and Sarnath tour. It  also included exploring hidden alleys and thousands years old building of Varanasi by walking through and vising into it. Tour Highlights :  • Guided visit to Sarnath - A place where Lord Budhha delivered his first sermon • Guided visit to cremation ground followed by witnessing aarti ceremony with a private boat • Guided walking tour into old lanes of Varanasi  • Guided sunrise boat ride with a private boat  • Visit to an Ashram or Muth 
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  • 2 days
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US$100.00
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15 Days Glimpses of Colorful India

15 Days Glimpses of Colorful India

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This tour designed with the name of 15 Days glimpses of colorful India. Explore the sites Delhi, Jaipur, Pushkar, Ranthambore, Agra & the Holy city Varanasi with internal return domestic flights from Delhi. Tour does cover a new path with the traditional & ancient culture of the Pushkar & Varanasi. It is also giving you to get a chance to enjoy the wildlife of Rajasthan site which is "Ranthambore National Park excursion followed by the sharing Jeep. Enjoy a boat ride along the River Ganges in Varanasi, where you’ll pass the spot thousands of pilgrims immerse themselves in the holy water of this river. End your tour back in Delhi, exploring the many sights that New Delhi has to offer (*Note: This tour is not operating from July to September throughout the year due to Ranthambore national park is closed during these months)
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  • 15 days
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US$970.67
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US$970.67

3-Day Private Tour: Taj Mahal nd Holy Ganges Tour from Delhi to Agra to Varanasi

3-Day Private Tour: Taj Mahal nd Holy Ganges Tour from Delhi to Agra to Varanasi

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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.
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  • 3 days
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US$600.00
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US$600.00

Varanasi tour in 3 days

Varanasi tour in 3 days

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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 • Accommodation in a 5 Star Hotel with daily complimentary breakfast 
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  • 3 days
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US$140.00
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US$140.00

Highlights of the Varanasi & Sarnath (Guided Fullday Sightseeing Tour by Car)

Highlights of the Varanasi & Sarnath (Guided Fullday Sightseeing Tour by Car)

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Varanasi has a different experiences to offer; gentle waters of the Ganges, ancient ghats, narrow serpentine alleys of city, the myriad temple spires, ashrams and devotional hymn. We coupled all these with an excursion to Sarnath which allows you to learn how this huge faith was founded and handcrafted the beautiful Highlights of Varanasi & Sarnath Tour in order to understand the true essence of Varanasi, its past, its spiritual journey & the roots of Buddhism. 1. Visit Sarnath's Buddhist Trails, and famous tourist destinations of Varanasi customized based on your requirement. 2. Capture the beauty of ancient ruins, stupas, ancient ghats, narrow serpentine alleys, the myriad temple spires of the city in your lens. 3. Understand a city's existence, diverse architectural style, tradition and religious legacy with lots of wonderful stories. 4. We follow a unique style of ‘infotainment’ to ensure that you enjoy the tour and don't get bored, irrespective of whether you love history or not.
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  • 8 hours
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US$84.88
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Music art's and culture

Music art's and culture

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We focus on Music art's and culture to show guest how varanasi works in Art's and music and culture, Any kind of art's form It's work like medicine in our body and heal most of our problems, Specially Indian classical music, so we describe all about Indian music and local arts and culture and all kind of Indian music, This is something unique what you don't get every where, where you r doing all about music art's and culture,
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  • 3 to 6 hours
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US$23.38
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Sunrise boat ride

Sunrise boat ride

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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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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Varanasi Ghats (Banaras Ghats) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Varanasi Ghats (Banaras Ghats) costs USD 6.12. Guided Varanasi Ghats (Banaras Ghats) tours start around USD 6.12 per person.
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