• Location: Varanasi, India
  • Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
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Experience Varanasi on a sunrise cruise on the Ganges River followed by visits to several temples during a 6-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.

Highlights

  • Private 6-hour tour with Varanasi sunrise cruise and temples
  • View the sunrise over the ghats along the Ganges
  • Visit several popular temples
  • Witness a puja ritual and learn about Hindu customs
  • Includes light breakfast, transportation, private guide, and hotel pickup and drop-off

What You Can Expect

Varanasi Boat Ride and Ancient Temples Day Tour with Breakfast

Monkey Temple

Start in the early morning with a hotel pickup at 5am and transfer to the boat.

C,ruise along the Ganges River in the company of your guide, who shares informative commentary about Hindu mythology. From the water, you can view the sun as it rises over the enormous ghats of Varanasi. Starting at the city’s most prominent bathing ghat, Assi Ghat, and travel through the 5000-year history of Varanasi. The boat ride ends at Manikarnika, the cremation ghat.

Next up, visit Kashi Vishwanath, a 17th century temple that is one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations in north India. Participate in the morning puja (ceremonial prayers), then stop at a local restaurant for a vegetarian breakfast.

After breakfast, head to Sankat Mochan Temple, dedicated to the monkey god Hanuman. Devotees offer yellow sweets to the temple deity at Sankat Mochan, which translates as 'the one who relieves you from all the troubles.' Your final stop takes in the new Vishwanath temple (aka Birla temple), a replica of the original temple that is decorated with intricately carved white marble.

At the end of six hours, your tour ends with transfer back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Carolyn B

3 star rating: Worth doing October 2016

The boat ride and the first 10mins of the walking tour was good -but is mainly private temples not the big one as expected and breakfast was at the end of the walking tour and was just a cafe.

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