Uttar Pradesh Sightseeing cruises

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From Varanasi: Sunrise Boat Tour and Heritage Walk

1. From Varanasi: Sunrise Boat Tour and Heritage Walk

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.

Varanasi : Sunrise Boat Tour

2. Varanasi : Sunrise Boat Tour

Varanasi or Banaras or Kashi, call it by different name but every name will give you a unique story and joyful feeling to be here. A city situated on the banks of river Ganges. Varanasi has been a cultural centre of North India for several thousand years, and is closely associated with the Ganges. Hindus believe that death in the city will bring salvation, making it a major centre for pilgrimage. The city is known worldwide for its many Ghats, embankments made in steps of stone slabs along the river bank where pilgrims perform ritual ablutions. Start your journey with the hotel pick-up where your guide and cab waits for you. Tour starts either at 5:00 in the morning or 6:00 depending upon the season. Time shall be confirmed to you post booking. Enjoy the city with more than 2000 temples that includes the Kashi Vishwanath Temple also called the Golden temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. With so many Ghats here, Some of the prominent and popular one’s include the Dasaswamedh Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Harischandra Ghat, Assi Ghat,Shivala Ghat, Man Mandir Ghat, Darbhanga Ghat, Ahilyabai Ghat and the Kedar Ghat. On the completion of boat ride, visit to the oldest part of Varanasi for a small walk. Stop  by the Kashi Vishwanath temple. Post completion of the tour, get dropped off back to your hotel.

Varanasi: Morning Aarti with Boat Ride & Rooftop Breakfast

3. Varanasi: Morning Aarti with Boat Ride & Rooftop Breakfast

Start your day bright and early with a convenient pick-up service from your accommodation in Varanasi at 5:30AM. After a short meet and greet with your driver you will set off on your adventure. Hop aboard your private, air-conditioned vehicle and proceed to Assi Ghat. Upon your arrival in Assi Ghat, you will get the unique opportunity to witness the morning ritual of Aarti. Take part in one of India's most sacred ceremonies as you witness saints, conducting the ceremony whilst holding soil lamps and chanting mantras.  After a spiritual morning, you will proceed for a boat ride starting from Assi Ghat and heading toward Manikarnika Ghat. While you sail on the boat, witness devotees performing morning prayer to the rising sun. During your boat tour, you will also be able to visit Manikarnika Ghat, the Hindu cremation ground.  Continue on your tour and walk through the lanes of Varanasi and witness the culture and traditional heritage. After a day of excitement and adventure, you will be able to finish your tour with a morning breakfast at Dolphin Restaurant for some delicious local cuisine. Return back to your hotel in your private car after your delicious meal. 

Varanasi: Sunrise Boat Ride w/ Ghats & Morning Rituals

4. Varanasi: Sunrise Boat Ride w/ Ghats & Morning Rituals

Early morning between 05:00 to 06:00, your assistant and the driver will report to your hotel lobby. Drive to Ganga Ghat on arrival and board the boat to explore the beautiful ghats and temples with morning rituals. This morning boat ride tour will give you a real view of holy Varansi, where you will see the morning rituals, special features of the various ghats that you will pass along the way such as the burning ghat where the dead are cremated. See the various activities and professions related to the religious death ceremonies. During your boat ride, your guide will give you a brief detail about ghats and holy things. Boats will pass away through burning ghat where the dead bodies are cremated. See the various activities and professions related to the religious death ceremonies. After your 1-hour boat ride, you will be dropped back off at the ghat and then driven back to your hotel.

Varanasi: Morning Tour with Yoga Session and Boat Ride

5. Varanasi: Morning Tour with Yoga Session and Boat Ride

Bask in spirituality and experience the true culture of India with this morning tour of Varanasi. Depending on the time of year, start your tour at either 5:00 AM or 6:00 AM with a pickup from you guide and driver. Head to the famous Assig ghat to witness the sunrise with the Ganga Aarti. Enjoy a traditional ritual and classical dance as you welcome the morning.  Following this, have a yoga session by the banks of the river with locals and learn how this ancient art has become all the rage the world over. Once you’re done stretching your muscles, proceed to the Akhada, a traditional place for training and practicing of Indian martial arts. See how men engage in this wonderful art from the earliest hour of the day. Next up on the list will be your morning boat ride on the Ganges. Immerse yourself with views of the colorful ghats and people performing their different rituals. After the boat ride of approximately 1-hour, you will be taken to the last leg of your tour which includes a walk through the oldest part of Varanasi. Explore the narrow alleys and the innumerable tiny temples, which dates back centuries, like a local.

Varanasi: Morning Guided Boat Ride with Yoga

6. 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. 

Private Morning Boat Ride and Akhadas Visit

7. Private Morning Boat Ride and Akhadas Visit

This tour starts early in the morning at 5:30 AM, when you will be picked up from your hotel lobby. Proceed to Dasashwamedh Ghat for a one hour boat ride to MankarnikaGhat. Accompanied by a guard, during the ride learn about the history of Varanasi and the morning rituals that take place in the city. Then visit the ‘Akhadas’ of Varanasi, which is a traditional Indian wrestling ground of the ‘pehelwans’ (wrestlers). Some of the Akhadas that you will visit include Ram Kund Akhara, Assi Akhara, Panch Dashanan Juna Akhara near Tulsi Gaht. You can converse with Pahalwans and observe them practicing and exercising in the early hours of the morning. Hotel drop-off is included in the tour.

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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!

Perfectly organised tour with a great guide. The water level of the Ganges had been exceptionally high and it meant we had the added benefit of being guided through the streets to get to the boat. Wonderful experience, knowledgeable guide and i thoroughly recommend the tour with GetYourGuide

Great tour! Rajat was professional, informative, accommodating, and friendly. Each part of the tour was worth it, and we enjoyed the one-of-a-kind beauty of Varanasi. Recommend for travelers who are up for a unique adventure!

Great tour

The tour guide picked me up at the hotel on time and did the tour as described. He was very friendly, gave valuable information and was able to answer all questions. Thank you

On time. Informative. Incredible experience. Highly recommended.