- Trip Includes
COST: $28 per person. 15% Discount on groups of 3 or more people.
PAYMENT: Payment in full due at the beginning of tour – Cash only. Credit Card payment option available online only prior to tour via Pay Pal.
- Bengali Tola Ancient Bazaar
- Harishwar Burning Ghat
- Cow Sanctuary
- Traditional Wrestling Gym
- Riverfront Walk
- Boat Ride along riverfront and Aarti Ceremony
We will begin our tour at the entrance to the Bengali Tola neighborhood at the vegetable market at the Main Ghat (Dashashwamedh). The tour will make its way through the famous Bengali Tola bazaar bustling with South Indian pilgrims, sitar shops, small temples and numerous sweet shops and shops of all varieties. We will visit temples and ashrams like you have never seen before!
The walking portion of the tour will finish near Assi Ghat where we will begin the boat tour passing many fascinating sights along the way such as the Harishwar Burning Ghat, Maharajah palaces, the widow ashram, the colorful Kedar Ghat temple, the water buffalo bathing area and many other ghats. During the ride, the guide will introduce you to the history and folklore of Varanasi and point out famous landmarks and explain some Hindu rituals.
The tour will culminate at Main Ghat (Dashashwamedh) where we will stay and watch the spectacular evening Aarti ceremony performed by students of the Vedas and Upanishads to worship the mighty Ganga. The beautiful Hindu ritual of worship (known as puja) unfolds each night on the banks of the Ganga with brass lamps, fire and incense, accompanied with chants and hundreds of candles floating on the river.
Your guide will share the most interesting legends and facts to give you a better understanding of their purpose and importance.
Start and End: Main Ghat (Dashashwamedh)
Tour Duration: Walking/boat tour duration is approximately 2 hours plus 1 hour Aarti ceremony). Start time varies throughout the year depending on Aarti Ceremony start time, so please check with us.
Tips and Details:
We will be doing a lot of walking so please wear comfortable shoes. Mosquito cream is advisable during boat tours. Please note that there are no Western-style toilets easily available anywhere in the vicinity of the walk. All of our boat rides are guided tours and there will be a trained guide with you all the time during the tour. Our maximum group size is usually not more than 6-8 people. If you’d like a hotel pickup or drop-off, please let us 24 hours in advance.
*Please feel free to get in touch prior to your arrival to Varanasi if you need any assistance booking accommodations or airport or train station pick up.
FILL OUT FORM BELOW TO BOOK YOUR TOUR:
Includes a knowledgeable English speaking tour guide for the duration of the walking tour and boat ride. All boat fees are included.
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