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Private Full-Day Varanasi Tour with Ganges River Boat Cruise

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

Overview

5:30am - Early Morning Sunrise Boat Ride on Ganges
After pickup from your hotel in Varanasi, proceed to your sunrise boat ride on the Ganges. See the early morning riverside rituals performed on the Ganges, which is a special experience. Observe people lost in prayer, washing themselves and doing their laundry. After the boat ride take a short walking tour of the back alleyways of the old city and have glimpse of Hindus holiest temple the Kashi Vishwanath.
8:30am - Break for Breakfast (at your own expense)
10:00am - Banaras Hindu University (BHU)
Explore the biggest campus University in Asia, established in 1916, long regarded as a center of learning. On the campus is Bharat Kala Bhavan, a roomy museum with a wonderful collection of miniature paintings, as well as 12th-century palm-leaf manuscripts, sculptures and local historical displays.
10:30am - New Vishwanath Temple
Visit the new Vishwanath Temple, also called the Birla Temple is also located inside the Banaras Hindu University. The temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and it is the exact copy of the original Vishwanath Temple. 
11:30am - Mother India Temple (Bharat Mata Mandir)
See the Bharat Mata Temple this the only temple dedicated to Mother India built in 1918. The temple has an unusual marble relief map of the Indian subcontinent inside. 
12:30pm - Silk Weaving Art of Varanasi
Varanasi is known throughout India for its production of very fine silk and Banarasi saris. Varanasi saris are adorned with intricate designs and embellishments making it popular during traditional functions and weddings. The city has flourished as the textile capital of the region and you will watch how this traditional silk work is produced.
1:30pm - Lunch Break (at your own expense)
Lunch at one of the best local restaurants in the area.
2:30pm - Visit Sarnath
In Sarnath visit Dhamekh Stupa and the monastery ruins. This where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Also, visit the Archaeological Museum, this fully modernized 100-year-old sandstone museum houses wonderfully displayed ancient treasures from the 3rd-century BC.
Important: The Archaeological Museum in Sarnath is closed on Fridays.
5:00pm - Evening Aarti Ceremony at the Ganges River
Take a boat to see the cremation ground then come back to Dashashwamedh Ghat to watch the nightly Ganga Aarti ceremony with fire  dancing performed right in front of you.
8pm - Return to Your Hotel

Information

Includes:
  • Hotel/airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Bottled water
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Morning and evening River cruise on Ganges river
Excludes:
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Additional Info:
  • 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
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund

Meeting Point

The airport, railway station or your hotel in Varanasi. For airport pick-up, please provide arrival information during booking.
Departure Time:
5:30 AM
Departure Comments:

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time

Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.

Return Details:
Returns to original departure point
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