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Morning Boat Ride with Temples Tour

Early morning is one of the best times of day to tour Varanasi, and this tour gives you a good reason to get out of bed at the crack of dawn. Most tours take visitors to the evening Ganga Aarti ritual, but this one takes you in the morning, when the riverbanks are less crowded but still full of locals going about their daily life.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Boat Ride along the Ghats of Varanasi Reliving the Journey of Life

Varanasi is the city of Lord Shiva and the sacred river Ganges. One of the oldest living cities, Varanasi brims with history and spirituality. Hindus visit here to pray, to wash away their sins, and to attain salvation by honouring their death; on the banks of the Ganges. Many Hindus are known to come here and die by spending their last days. Many dead bodies from various parts of India are brought in for their cremation as this is supposed to be the ultimate place for salvation.In this 4-hours evening tour of Varanasi, you will embark on a boat ride, living the complete journey of Life Cycle, passing through the various ghats along the Ganges. The ride starts at Assi Ghat; symbolizing the start of life, and it ends at the Manikarnika Ghat (the cremation ghat); symbolizing the death of life. Watching the evening Ganga Aarti ceremony at Dashashwamedha Ghat (ghats are big steps leading down to banks of the Ganges) will leave you completely amazed.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 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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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Alaknanda - A Divine Voyage (Morning Cruise Tour - 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM)

The Morning Cruise offers a splendid view of the entire riverfront and the river bathed in the golden sunrise. The slow cruise allows the viewer to take in every detail of the magnificent heritage at each of the 84 ghats. Witness the uniqueness of the life on ghats popularly known as “Subah E Banaras”, pilgrims performing rituals makes this a truly unforgettable experience.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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A Journey of A lifetime

FEEL the CITY differentlyThe Best Way to Explore Varanasi is Through Walk We Offers you a Special Walk in which we take people from the deep in the alleyways and shows yau mostly touristic places as well as non touristic places And In that we about culture, religion and tradition and gives you the opportunity to enjoy the natural living lifestyle of Varanasiltinery: - Kashi Vishalakshi Temple (famous from southern part of India) .Nepali Temple (built by the king of Nepal) .Manikarnika Ghat (a place where they burn the body) Under Ground Temple (shiva temple) .Alangir Mosque (built by the Mughal emperor auranjeb) one of the Place to drink lass in varamasi) ( Heritage area Ancient Houses (built by the kings of different parts of India) (Traditional work done by the Muslim people NOTE If there is anything specific things you have in mind so, please let us know right before the tour and we will make it happen if it is possible
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  • 170 to 180 minutes
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  • 170 to 180 minutes
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4-HOURS PRIVATE EVENING AARTI WITH ROOFTOP DINNER

Combine a rooftop dinner with a Ganga aarti experience on this private tour in Varanasi. With a private guide in the lead, you'll follow a carefully curated itinerary and have plenty of chances to ask questions. Learn about the ceremony and its origins through guided commentary and enjoy traditional Indian food during your dinner.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours

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Banaras Wala Tours

What makes my tours different from others is that i offer an authentic experience of Varanasi with an extremely knowledgeable guide to lead the way. Each tour is individually tailored to your interests so you get to see what is important to you. You can try traveler friendly street food, take a prive sunrise tour of the Ghats and ceremonies, wander through the winding back alleys and old city, see the Aghori Babas and temples, and experience how spirituality is so deeply woven into the lives of the people here.Having lived here my whole life and being a guide for the last six years has given me a deep knowledge of the city and the traditions, rituals and religions that it surrounds. During the tour I will pass on much of this to you so you can have a more meaningful experience of the city.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Varanasi Evening Aarti

Varanasi aarti or prayer ceremony is the biggest evening aarti ceremony in the whole Hindu world celebrated daily on river bank of the Ganga.Varanasi evening prayer ceremony also called aarti ceremony is a kind of Hindu way of worship, which is basically an event organised everyday to give thanks to river the Ganges. Normally a Hindu worship is done privately, but this worship (aarti) ceremony is done on the river bank of the Ganges openly, and publicly, it is only of its kind, therefore attracts thousands of people daily to witness it. This Hindu ritual of saying thanks is very unique and surreal, it started a few years ago but making its importance rapidly to the world. Almost 90% of the tourists who comes to Varanasi attend this prayer ceremony for sure. This grand event start time depend on sunset and therefore vary month-to-month, it goes for 45 minutes and is very engaging.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Varanasi - Hidden Alleys walk - Walking tour in Northern Bazaars

Get off the beaten path in Varanasi in the company of a guide, who will lead you through the local bazaars and markets. Booking this private tour ensures you personalized attention and the ability to move at your own pace and ask plenty of questions. See how most residents live their daily lives and get the opportunity to meet some locals.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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2-Night Delhi to Varanasi Tour from New Delhi

See the highlights of Varanasi and Sarnath on a 2-night tour from Delhi that includes hotel and two day tours, allowing you to travel with ease. Your guide shares commentary about the ghats, temples, and landmarks of these sacred Indian destinations on a tour that includes two nights of accommodation, guide, and entrance fees. Have the choice go round-trip from Delhi to Varanasi by airplane or train (tickets at own expense).
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  • 3 days
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  • 3 days

3 Days Varanasi tour package for first timers

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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  • 3 days
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Varanasi tour in one day

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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  • 12 to 14 hours
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Private Day Trip Varanasi and Sarnath with Boat Ride

Benefit from personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this private day trip that combines visits to Varanasi and Sarnath. Explore Varanasi, one of the country's oldest cities, in the company of a guide, which allows you to learn much more than you would simply exploring on your own. Enjoy a boat ride down the Ganges to see prayer ceremonies at the ghats, explore the landmarks in Sarnath, and return to the edge of the river in the evening to see a traditional aarti ceremony.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Plan Your Varanasi Tour the Way You Like

The city of Varanasi is the center of spiritualism in India and deserves at least a full day of exploration. This private tour can be customized to your interests and can include a traditional Ganga Aarti viewing, a visit to the local temples, a stroll through the narrow and busy streets of Varanasi, and much more as you explore the city at your own pace with your guide.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Private Full-Day Varanasi Tour including Sarnath and Boat Ride on the Ganges

Enjoy personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this full-day private tour of Varanasi. Visit local temples, one of the world's oldest universities, and Sarnath, a holy Buddhist site. Watch a prayer ceremony on the banks of the Ganges from your private boat. Round-trip private transportation from your Varanasi hotel included.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 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.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Private Full-Day Tour Ganga Aarti Ceremony from Varanasi

Enjoy a flexible itinerary and dedicated attention from your guide on this full-day private tour of Varanasi. You'll cover all of the important highlights in the city, in addition to attending a Ganga Aarti ceremony on the banks of the Ganges. Along the way, your guide will answer any questions and provide commentary tailored to your interests.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

4-hours tour of Varanasi: Temples with Classical Dance & Ganges Aarti

Gain access to a local's home in Varanasi to taste authentic Indian cooking during this half-day tour. With the input and insight from a local cook, you'll learn much more about Indian cooking than you would simply eating at local restaurants. Learn to make Masala chai and snack on pakodas, then take lessons on pulao, daal (lentils), eggplant, raita, roti (flat Indian bread), vegetables, and halwa for dessert. Sit down to eat your meal with your fellow classmates and chef/teacher.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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4- HOURS PRIVATE TOUR MORNING AARTI & BOAT RIDE WITH BREAKFAST

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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  • 4 hours

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Varanasi Sightseeing Private Tour

Spend a full day exploring Varanasi in the company of a private guide on this excursion. With all round-trip transportation provided, it's easy to get around the city and check many of the must-see sights off your list. Your guide will tailor their commentary to your interests as you travel.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours

Half-Day Private Tour of Varanasi

Marvel at the mystical energy and cultural delights of Varanasi during this 4-hour private tour. Wander through the city’s narrow alleys to explore the city’s bustling markets selling everything from silk to colorful kites, then observe the spellbinding Ganga Aarti ceremony. You’ll finish the evening with an included dinner served at a rooftop restaurant.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Varanasi walking tour

Both tours give you a real taste of Varanasi with a local. I will take you to places you will not discover on your own.
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  • 3 to 8 hours
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  • 3 to 8 hours
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Village Tour

The hustle and bustle of Indian cities is exciting, but this tour takes you to some local villages outside of Varanasi to see how most Indians live. You'll travel with a private guide, who will provide insightful commentary on Indian culture and history while you travel. Enjoy personalized attention and plenty of time to ask questions.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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5-HOURS PRIVATE TOUR : MORNING BOAT RIDE WITH ANCIENT TEMPLE WALK

Experience the enchantment of an early-morning boat ride on the Ganges River followed by a walking tour of Varanasi with this combination package. Activities include an early-morning boat ride and a walking tour where you'll see temples, a mosque, and the largest cremation ground on earth, all with a local guide on hand to provide context and answer questions.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours


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