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Dashashwamedh Ghat: Our most recommended tours and activities

Delhi: 6-Day Golden Triangle & Varanasi Private Tour

1. Delhi: 6-Day Golden Triangle & Varanasi Private Tour

Begin the first day of your trip with a pickup from your hotel or other desired place in Delhi, Noida or Gurugram. Start with a half-day city tour of Delhi. Visit Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple, and India Gate. Drive by Parliament House and the President's Palace. After that, proceed to Agra via a 4-hour drive. Upon arrival in Agra, check in to your hotel.  On day 2, you will get up before sunrise, and head to the Taj Mahal to watch the sun come up over this world-famous monument. You will spend two hours exploring the site. After that, return to your hotel for breakfast and to check out, and then spend an hour visiting the Agra Fort. You will then start the 5-hour drive to Jaipur. After breakfast the following day, you will enjoy a guided tour of the Amber Fort. Next, visit the Jal Mahal, a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake, followed by the Maharaja’s City Palace. Drive past the beautiful Hawa Mahal, a large structure built so the women of the royal household could observe the streets outside whilst remaining hidden.  After breakfast on day 4, you will be transferred to Jaipur airport for your domestic flight to Varanasi. Upon arrival at Varanasi airport, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel to check in. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.  In the morning of day 5, you will be driven to Assi Ghat, where you will watch the Hindu fire ceremony rituals performed by women priests. Next, enjoy a sunrise boat tour on the River Ganges to see the Ghats of this ancient city. After breakfast, enjoy a city tour of Varanasi which includes the Banaras Hindu University and its temple, a traditional school where children are learning an ancient version of Sanskrit, and a historical wrestling ground.  On day 6, if you have not chosen the option with a return flight to Delhi, you will be transferred to a location of your choice in Varanasi. If you have chosen the option with the flight, upon arrival at Delhi airport, you’ll be dropped off at a location of your choice in Delhi, Noida or Gurugram.

Varanasi: Morning Guided Boat Ride with Yoga

2. Varanasi: Morning Guided Boat Ride with Yoga

The tour starts with a morning boat ride. Our representative will pick you up at 5:30am from your hotel lobby. From there, we will drive towards Dashashwamedh ghat and board a boat for a ride to Manikarnika ghat. On this boat ride, you will learn about the significance of various ghats from an expert guide. You will view numerous temples, and witness the morning rituals of people taking a dip in the holy Ganges. You will also visit the famous cremation ghat, Manikarnika, where last rites are practiced.  After deboarding at the Manikarnika ghat, you will walk across the narrow lanes towards Assi ghat. There you will enjoy an hour-long yoga lesson from Yogini Smiriti before being returned to your hotel. 

Varanasi: Evening Arti Boat Tour with Dinner

3. Varanasi: Evening Arti Boat Tour with Dinner

At around 5:30PM, your chauffeur along with your tour representative will pick you up from the hotel lobby to drive you toward the Dashashwamedh Ghat to experienc the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti. On arrival, you will board the royal boat to enjoy a 1-hour cruise and Aarti experience in a more comfortable manner. This royal boat has red carpet flooring and is decorated with flowers. You will receive a warm welcome on board to the boat with a welcome drink, with the boat also having snacks and soft drinks to make this evening more relaxed and comfortable. You can easily catch a glimpse of Ganga Aarti from the boat, with many vantage points being provided to enhance your evening aboard the vessel. The Aarti will start from 6:45PM after sunset, with a croon of mantra. This will be followed by melodious hymns dedicated to Lord Shiva, Surya (The Sun), Mata Ganga (Ganga river) and Agni (Lord of Fire) given by priests wearing the same kind of cloth named as dhoti and kurta, and holding a multi-tiered heavy brass lamp and conch shell. After experiencing the elegance of Ganga Aarti, you will be taken to a famous restaurant in Varanasi for a tempting dinner. In the restaurant, you will receive a pleasing welcome before being served with drinks, starters, a main course and desert. After your appetizing dinner and interesting conversation with your guide, your chauffeur will drop you back at your nearby accommodation.

Varanasi: Private Day Tour with Ganges Boat Ride & Aarti

4. Varanasi: Private Day Tour with Ganges Boat Ride & Aarti

Early Morning pickup from your hotel in Varanasi or from the Airport and Begin your trip meeting your guide at the airport and Start Your Tour at 5.00 am Morning boat ride on the River Ganges. Enjoy soaking in the spectacular sunrise views and later, return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, head to Sarnath. It is the place dotted with various Buddhist pilgrimage sites of great significance. If you are a devout follower of Buddha then you must visit this place. Later, visit the New Vishwanath Temple also known as the Birla Mandir. Settled within the Banaras Hindu University, It took around 35 years to build this temple. Head to the Tulsi Manas Temple built by the royal family of Banaras in 1964. It is believed to be the place where the legendary poet Tulsidas wrote the great Indian epic Ramcharitramanas. Close to this temple is the Durga Temple (Monkey temple) dedicated to Goddess Durga (divine feminine energy). In the evening, witness the spectacular Ganga Aarti at the Dashashwamedh Ghat. It is daily evening ceremony that has been practiced since thousands of years on the banks of River Ganges. After Ganga Aarti my driver and Guide drop you at your Hotel or Airport.

Varanasi: Maharaja Boat Ride and Dinner

5. Varanasi: Maharaja Boat Ride and Dinner

At around 5:00PM, your chauffeur will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the Dashashwamedh Ghat, for a Maharaja boat ride with music and Ganga Aarti. Once you have reached the ghat, you will board the Maharaja boat, welcomed by a seller who is dressed up in a uniform complete with a garland and bouquet. The royal boat will be decorated with flowers, furnished with carpet, and you will be served some snacks and drinks like tea, coffee, cashew nuts, cookies and chocolates. Once you go upstairs on the boat, you will see that the floor has been covered with white mattresses, one side of which renowned musicians will be sitting with a tabla and sitar. You can sit here on a chair or on the floor to enjoy the mesmerizing Indian classical music. After admiring the soothing Indian music and praising the art of the musicians, it will be time to watch the magical Ganga Aarti. You will be able to easily catch a glance of this one hour Ganga Aarti from the boat. This awe-inspiring Aarti will start a chant of mantra followed by harmonious hymns dedicated to Lord Shiva, Mata Ganga (Ganga River), Surya (the sun), and Agni (lord of fire). The prayer will be given by a group of priests dressed up in similar clothes (dhoti and kurta), who will be holding a multi-tiered heavy brass lamp and a conch shell. This Aarti is splendid, with the ghats being overcrowded with people to witness this glorious Aarti. Every evening it seems to be the occasion at Dashashwamedh Ghat. After sightseeing this lavish Ganga Aarti, you will be taken to one of the famous restaurants in Varanasi for a tempting dinner, after which you will be dropped back at your hotel.

Holi dip with Ganga Aarti in Varanasi

6. Holi dip with Ganga Aarti in Varanasi

Explore the Assi Ghat. It Is One Of The Oldest And Most Popular Ghats In Varanasi And Is A Great Place To Start Your Tour. Take A Holy Dip In The River Ganges And Offer Prayers. Kashi Vishwanath Temple Is One Of The Most Famous Temples In Varanasi And Is Dedicated To Lord Shiva. It's Located In The Heart Of The City And Is Considered To Be One Of The Twelve Jyotirlingas, Which Are Believed To Be The Most Sacred Abodes Of Lord Shiva. Explore Varanasi's Old City Is Famous For Its Narrow Streets, Crowded Markets, And Ancient Buildings. You Can Explore The Old City On Foot, And Experience The Unique Sights, Sounds, And Smells Of Varanasi. Experience The Ganga Aarti Ceremony At Dashashwamedh Ghat Is A Grand Ritual That Takes Place Every Evening. It Involves The Chanting Of Hymns, The Lighting Of Lamps, And The Offering Of Prayers To The Ganges River. It's A Beautiful And Spiritual Experience, And A Must-See If You're In Varanasi.

Varanasi: Guided Private City Tour with Morning Boat Ride

7. Varanasi: Guided Private City Tour with Morning Boat Ride

5:00 AM - Sunrise Boat Ride on the Ganges: Start your day with a serene boat ride on the Ganges river to witness the sunrise and watch the locals perform their morning rituals. You can hire a boat from the Dashashwamedh Ghat, one of the main ghats in Varanasi. 7:00 AM - Breakfast: After the boat ride, head to one of the local restaurants for breakfast. Try some traditional dishes such as kachori, jalebi, and lassi. 8:00 AM - Visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple: Visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, one of the most important Hindu temples in India dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is a must-visit for those who seek spiritual enlightenment. 10:00 AM - Explore the Old City: Take a walking tour of the old city, also known as the "heart of Varanasi." Here, you can explore narrow alleys, ancient buildings, and unique shops selling silk sarees, handicrafts, and street food. Visit the Manikarnika Ghat, one of the most famous ghats in Varanasi, and see the traditional cremation ceremony. 12:00 PM - Lunch: Stop for lunch at one of the local restaurants in the old city and try some delicious local cuisine such as chaat, kachori, and chhole bhature. 2:00 PM - Visit Sarnath: After lunch, head to Sarnath, an important Buddhist pilgrimage site located just outside of Varanasi. Here, you can visit the ancient ruins of Buddhist monasteries and temples and learn about the history of Buddhism in India. 4:00 PM - Visit the Banaras Hindu University: Next, visit the Banaras Hindu University, one of the largest and most prestigious universities in India. It has a beautiful campus and is home to many famous faculties and research centers. 6:00 PM - Attend Ganga Aarti: End your day with the Ganga Aarti ceremony, a Hindu ritual that takes place every evening on the banks of the Ganges river. The ceremony involves chanting, music, and offering of lamps to the river. It is a truly mesmerizing experience, and the perfect way to end a day in Varanasi. 8:00 PM - Dinner: After the ceremony, head to one of the local restaurants for dinner and try some more delicious local food before calling it a day.

Uttar Pradesh: Ganges River and Varanasi Guided Tour

8. Uttar Pradesh: Ganges River and Varanasi Guided Tour

Start your day early and head to the Dasaswamedh Ghat to take a boat ride on the Ganges River. This is one of the best ways to experience the city's morning rituals and see the ghats (riverfront steps) come to life. You'll get to see locals taking a dip in the holy river, performing puja (prayers), and offering flowers and sweets to the gods. You can also spot the famous Manikarnika Ghat, where Hindu cremations take place. Explore the old city: After your boat ride, take a walk through the old city of Varanasi, also known as the Kashi. The streets are narrow and chaotic, but they're full of energy and color. You'll see vendors selling flowers, sweets, and souvenirs, and you can stop at a chai stall for a cup of tea. Visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, which is one of the most famous temples in Varanasi. Visit the Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum: For a dose of culture and history, head to the Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum, located on the Banaras Hindu University campus. This museum houses a large collection of art and artifacts from ancient India, including sculptures, paintings, and textiles. You can learn about the region's rich cultural heritage and admire the intricate craftsmanship of the objects on display. Enjoy a vegetarian lunch: After all that walking and exploring, it's time for a lunch break. Varanasi is known for its delicious vegetarian food, so find a local restaurant and try some of the city's specialties, such as chaat (savory snacks) or thali (a meal served on a platter with various dishes). You can also opt for a lassi (yogurt drink) to cool off from the heat. Visit the Sarnath Museum: If you have time, make your way to the Sarnath Museum, located about 10 km from Varanasi. This museum houses artifacts from the ancient Buddhist site of Sarnath, which is where the Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. You can see the famous Ashoka Pillar, which features the Lion Capital of Ashoka, and explore the ruins of the monasteries and stupas at the site. Later afternoon drop at your pre-booked Hotel In Varanasi.

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We had a great tour, everything was nicely planned. Our guides provided us with interesting insights and the drivers were also very helpful and reliable. Would definitely recommend this tour!