Private Varanasi Spiritual Tour Including Sunrise and Sunset Boat Rides

Duration: 12 to 14 hours
Destination: India, Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi

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  • 12 to 14 hours
  • Varanasi
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  • Cancellable


Explore Varanasi on a private full-day tour that includes a sunrise and sunset boat ride (Hand Rowed Boat) on the Ganges River. Visit landmarks in and around Varanasi including Banaras Hindu University (BHU)'s Bharat Kala Bhavan museum, and Dhamekh Stupa in Sarnath — an important Buddhist site. Finally, watch the evening aarti ceremony from the sunset boat cruise.

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Stop At: Ganges River, Varanasi India

After early morning pickup at 5:30 am from your hotel or other desired location in Varanasi leave for a boat ride (Hand Rowed Boat) on the Ganges to see the bathing Ghats (river bank) & cremation site. Sunrise on the riverfront, as seen from a boat, can be a spiritually uplifting sight. The life on the Ghats bound in an endless string of rituals, ever-changing aspects of the river & the wide landscape across have fascinated visitors from all over the world.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi 221001 India

One of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Vishveswara – Shiva as lord of the universe is the presiding deity of the city. The temple stands on the western bank of the holy river Ganga and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the holiest of Shiva temples.

Later drive back to your hotel for breakfast.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005 India

Post breakfast visit Banaras Hindu University. Established in 1916, BHU is the largest university campus in Asia. Tour the campus and see the Bharat Kala Bhavan museum and the new Vishwanath Temple (Birla Temple), which is an exact replica of the original Vishwanath Temple.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Bharat Mata Temple, Vidyapith Road, Varanasi 221001 India

Dedicated to the goddess who represents all the goddesses in the India culture. In other words, it can said that Bharat Mata personifies India as a mother goddess. Instead of traditional statues of gods and goddesses, this temple has a huge map of undivided India carved in marble.

Later learn about the silk weaving traditions of Varanasi, then take a break for lunch (own expense).

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Sarnath Via-Anlabereni, Varanasi 759026 India

One of the most revered Buddhist pilgrimage centers. After attaining the Enlightenment at Bodh Gaya, it was here that Lord Buddha preached his first sermon, sanctified as Maha Dharm Chakra Pravartan. The great Dhamekh Stupa and several other structures stand testimony to the importance the place enjoyed at that time. You'll also visit the Archaeological Museum, which features treasures that date to the 3rd-century BC (closed Fridays).

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ganges River, Varanasi India

Evening take another boat ride (Hand Rowed Boat) on the Ganges to view the cremation grounds, You can witness cremations as your boat floats gently past, revealing a ritual that is memorable in its rawness, simplicity, and completeness. Then return to Dashashwamedh Ghat to watch the evening Ganga Aarti ceremony. The Aarti Ceremony is a devotional Hindu ritual performed at dusk on the banks of the Ganges, using fire as an offering to, the affectionately referenced, Maa Ganga, goddess of the holiest river in India. Perhaps nowhere in India, or the world, is it possible to witness so clearly, colourfully, and intensely many thousands of years of unbroken dedication to spiritual exploration.

Your tour ends with a return to your hotel or other desired location in Varanasi.

Duration: 2 hours

  • Hotel/airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Professional private local guide for sightseeing
  • Transport by private air-condition vehicle
  • Morning and evening Boat Ride (Hand Rowed Boat) on Ganges river
  • Bottled water

  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Anything not mentioned in Inclusions
  • Entry/Admission - Sarnath
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • During rainy season (July to September), Boat ride is subject to availability due to Ganges river overflow.
  • Travelers should be vaccinated and carry the covid vaccination certificate
  • 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
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
Departure Point

Varanasi, Varanasi, Varanasi District, Uttar Pradesh

Traveler pickup is offered
Varanasi River Cruise Port, Airport, Railway Station, Your Hotel, or other desired location in Varanasi. 

Departure Time

05:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

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


12 to 14 hours

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

User's Reviews


28 Jan, 2020

This trip to Varanasi was amazing.My tour guide and his driver were very friendly, Organized and Punctual. I enjoyed the whole trip , it was very interesting to see the sunset and the cremation traditions . I highly recommend this company to anyone who is visiting Varanasi !!


25 Nov, 2019

The trip started off on a super high note with the morning chants of Om Namah Shivaya and a beautiful sunrise at the Ganges, with the sun rising, hundreds of sea gulls flying all around and meditating in the middle of Ganges was surreal and divine. Followed by a great tour around Saranth and the city of Banaras. The best part of the entire tour was the guide - Mr. Saurabh Shukla who was so knowledgeable on the city and its rich history. He would chant the mantras and the dohas with equal authority and would narrate the stories of each of the temples & monuments we visited with utmost clarity. The driver too - Mr. Guddu was very humble and kind. We altered the tour slightly to include some of the places that we wanted to visit and they were kind enough to accommodate these changes. All in all, it was a very well conducted tour and hassle free.

Kate F

04 May, 2019

I visited Varanasi with my boyfriend and we had a full day tour with Mr. Amed in Varanasi who was extremely knowledgeable and overall a very smart guy who understood what we wanted and accommodated our needs (for example, not visiting any stores as we were tried of that after a week in India). I highly recommend this tour, it was a highlight of our trip!


24 Aug, 2018

Not worth for huge money charged small indica car arranged not standard and not comfortable . Tour guide Mr Jaideep services good . We did not call expect from La Vacanza Travel from this bad experience. We stay on own in Brij Rama place and enjoy royal service but local sight seeing we trust you sorry we lost money and receive sub standard services

Mark F

22 Feb, 2018

First of all, I would like to say that my guide and driver were very kind. The guide in particular was very friendly and well-informed, and we got on very well together. However, I think the tour was severely overpriced for what was offered. At the very least breakfast, lunch and entry fees should have been included in the price. Also, Varanasi seems to have very few sites of interest apart from the ghats. For me, as a Buddhist, Sarnath was the main place of interest. It should be noted that the tour itinerary could be independently arranged at a small fraction of the price of this tour!

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