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From Varanasi: Sunrise Boat Tour and Heritage Walk

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Activity provider: Go City Adventures
Water activity

From Varanasi: Sunrise Boat Tour and Heritage Walk

Activity provider: Go City Adventures

From US$ 64 per person

Experience the culture and mystical aspects of India on a morning tour of Varanasi. Travel along the banks of the holy river, Ganges, to where thousands of Hindu devotees go every day to pray.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Any hotel in Varanasi


  • Experience spirituality like never before
  • Cross the many ghats and get to know the importance of each one of them
  • Witness Hindu rituals and ceremonies and learn about the many intricate details involved
  • Get to know the centuries-old heritage of one of India's oldest cities on a heritage walk
  • Witness the holy city of Varanasi come to life with the sunrise
Full description
One of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities and one of the most holy for Hindus, Varanasi is the true embodiment of culture, mythology, heritage, and a real face of India. A city situated at the banks of the holy Ganges and known for its many ghats (embankments made in stone steps where pilgrims perform rituals) and large number of temples, this is definitely one of the best places to get to know India. Set off on an early-morning tour and explore this ancient city at dawn. Enjoy a boat ride past many colorful ghats and to where you can see people practicing their many rituals. One popular ghat is the Manikarnikaghat, where Hindu cremation takes place. Witness a funeral pyre there. Your tour will start with a pickup from your hotel by your guide at 5:00 AM in the summer or 6:00 AM in the winter. After reaching the ghat, get into the boat for a memorable ride on the Ganges where you’ll get to watch the city come alive with the sun. Once the boat ride is complete, walk through the oldest part of Varanasi and experience the rich culture and heritage of this mystical city firsthand. Get dropped off at your hotel at the end of the tour.
  • 1-hour boat ride on the Ganges
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • English-speaking guide
  • Transfers by tuk-tuk
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (recommended)

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • The boat ride is subject to favorable weather conditions
  • If the ride is canceled due to poor weather conditions, you will be provided with an option of alternate date or full refund
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 3 reviews

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The guide was quite helpful and friendly. But there was a lot of fog, so we could not see the city from our boat at all.

February 1, 2023

On time. Informative. Incredible experience. Highly recommended.

October 10, 2022

Bhawna was an amazing tour guide: knowledgeable, professional, sweet and calm. She made all three of us feel very comfortable and we learnt a lot about the city and the culture. Her English was very good and it was easy to understand everything. She was open to questions about the society as well as the thing we did and saw. She was also flexible for changes in the program as we had already done a few thing that she had planned for us to do. Would highly recommend to anyone visiting Varanasi!

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October 31, 2019

Product ID: 298920