Private 5-Hour Varanasi Tour at Dawn Including Boat Ride

Duration: 5 hours
Destination: India, Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi

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  • 5 hours
  • Varanasi
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Your guide will pick you up at your Varanasi hotel at 5am. Your 5-hour private morning tour of Varanasi offers a close look at some of the most sacred traditions in India that are still followed today. Be a part of the morning Ganga Aarti ceremony at Assi Ghat, watch Akhada, sail along the holy waters of the Ganges, visit Vishwanath temple of Lord Shiva, learn about different ghats, and end with a cup of tea before being returned to your hotel.

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Stop At: Assi Ghat, Sdkfjl, Varanasi 221005 India

Assi Ghat, the southernmost entry point to the holy River Ganges.

Along the way, your guide explains the significance of the Ganges River in the Hindu religion. Stop at Assi Ghat to watch pilgrims bathing in the allegedly holy waters before visiting a series of temples to receive Hindu blessings.

Then, head to a stadium to watch pehalwans (wrestlers) fight one another in a mud pit before boarding a boat to cruise along the River Ganges.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Manikarnika Ghat, Ghasi Tola Road, Varanasi 221001 India

Manikarnika Ghat, one of the most sacred ghats in Varanasi. The bodies of devout Hindus are cremated here in order for their ashes to be carried away by the river.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple (Golden Temple), Lahori Tola, Varanasi 221001 India

Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath), characterized by its pastel pink exterior and golden spire. Over tea, delve deeper into Hindu traditions before you bid your guide farewell after hotel drop-off.

Duration: 1 hour

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • English-speaking guide
  • Early morning boat ride
  • Heritage walk
  • Tea
  • Photography

  • Gratuities
  • Entrance fees of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple (Golden Temple)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Minimum age is 4 years
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • In the wake of the ensuing COVID crisis, we have re-invented our hygiene protocols and have taken concrete steps along with training our guides, drivers, representatives and other staff at our destinations’ offices. So, we are fully prepared for your safe travel.
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up from Varanasi Hotels. Please update your pick up address.

Departure Time

5:00 AM

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


5 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Kevin S

12 Jan, 2020

The guide was very knowledgeable about the history, religion and culture of the area and very keen to share. He was willing to answer any question I had and his passion was obvious. It really was a pleasure to learn from him!

Elizabeth P

01 Dec, 2017

Excellent tour. Rajat very knowledgable and professional.

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