Private Full-Day Varanasi Tour with Ganges River Boat Cruise
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Private Full-Day Varanasi Tour with Ganges River Boat Cruise

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Stop At: Ganges River, Varanasi India

After early morning pickup at 5:30am from your hotel or other desired location in Varanasi leave for boat ride on the Ganges to see the bathing Ghats (river bank) & cremation site. Sunrise on the riverfront, as seen from a boat, can be a spiritually uplifting sight. The life on the Ghats bound in an endless string of rituals, ever-changing aspects of the river & the wide landscape across have fascinated visitors from all over the world.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi 221001 India

One of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Vishveswara – Shiva as lord of the universe.

Later back to your hotel for breakfast.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005 India

Post breakfast visit Banaras Hindu University. Established in 1916, BHU is the largest university campus in Asia. Tour the campus and see the Bharat Kala Bhavan museum and the new Vishwanath Temple (Birla Temple), which is an exact replica of the original Vishwanath Temple.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Bharat Mata Temple, Vidyapith Road, Varanasi 221001 India

Dedicated to the goddess who represents all the goddesses in the India culture. In other words, it can said that Bharat Mata personifies India as a mother goddess. Instead of traditional statues of gods and goddesses, this temple has a huge map of undivided India carved in marble.

Later learn about the silk weaving traditions of Varanasi, then take a break for lunch (own expense).

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Sarnath Via-Anlabereni, Varanasi 759026 India

known as the place where the Buddha gave his first sermon. You'll also visit the Archaeological Museum, which features treasures that date to the 3rd-century BC (closed Fridays).

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ganges River, Varanasi India

Evening take another boat ride on the Ganges to view the cremation grounds, then return to Dashashwamedh Ghat to watch the evening Ganga Aarti ceremony. Your tour ends with return to your hotel.

Duration: 2 hours

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  • Hotel/airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Professional private local guide
  • Transport by private air-condition vehicle
  • Morning and evening River cruise on Ganges river
  • Bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Bharat Mata Temple
Not included
  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Anything not mentioned in Inclusions
  • Entry/Admission - Sarnath
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Dress code - Temples is a sacred house of God and a place of daily worship. To preserving its sanctity and spiritual ambiance one must follow the below dress code within temple complex:
  • Upper Wear: Must cover the shoulders, chest, navel, and upper arms Lower Wear: Must be at least below knee-length Remove footwear outside the temple. Socks are fine, you can keep wearing them.
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if this is required (meals are at your own expense)
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved please wear comfortable shoes
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Please note: The Archaeological Museum in Sarnath is closed on Fridays
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • During rainy season (July to September), Boat ride is subject to availability due to Ganges river overflow.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Genevieve C
5 | 2017-12-04

The Varanasi tour was fantastic! Everything was very organized and timely. It's a long day; however I was very appreciative of the built in breaks. Our tour guide Nilesh was so great and didn't overlook a single detail during the day. I definitely recommend this tour!

3 | 2016-11-26

This tour started with a very bad note. I had an email telling me I needed to have cash for the boat rides. After an email to Viator querying his, I had a reply, saying they had contacted the provider to confirm that the boat tides were included. There was no further communication until the tour provider turned up at the hotel to tell us we would be collected at 5.45am. The next morning at 5.20 our guide arrived. He had not been told of the time change. He also had been told we were providing the car and driver, so there was some uncertainty to begin. Eventually a car and driver arrived. Our guide, Shashank Basu, was wonderful. He rescued what could have been a complete disaster. He suggested some amendments to the proposed plan, but gave us the choice of going with the original plan. His suggestions were so much better than the original, and we had a wonderful day. He is a superb guide and I cannot recommend him highly enough. The tour provider needs to make serious changes with the organisation and communication aspects of the your. Well don't him for employing Shashank. He is an asset to your business.

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