Evening Excursion: Ganga River Walking Tour with Dinner Overlooking the River in Varanasi
Get ready to absorb Varanasi’s energy, meeting your local guide and a small group at the PDR Mall Box Office on Luxa Road at 4pm. Be sure to dress modestly and wear comfortable shoes. You’ll follow lively streets to Dal Mandi, where silk and ceremonial items are for sale, and continue toward the colorful kite market, and Chowk and Vishwanath Gali shopping areas, the city’s largest silk markets, learning about silk’s importance for religious ceremonies. As you explore, you’ll taste included snacks, like malaiyo, a winter treat, or malai puri, a fried sweet pancake, and lassi, a tasty yogurt drink. You’ll wander to Dashashwamedh Ghat for evening Aarti, a spectacular ceremony where hundreds of people gather as candles flicker, smoke rises, incense wafts, and priests chant. You may be mesmerized as pilgrims offer flowers and candles to the river. As the ceremony concludes, you’ll walk along the serene bank of the Ganges, arriving at Dolphin Restaurant above Man Mandir Ghat for and included rooftop dinner with a glowing river view. Your evening will end at about 8pm, and your guide can help arrange a taxi to your hotel, or make recommendations about seeing more of Varanasi by night.