Varanasi Heritage Walking Tour & Evening Boat Ride (Aarti ceremony & Cremations)

Duration: 4 hours
Destination: India, Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi

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


Take an insight into the old city by walking through the narrow alley ways and feel the energy of this ancient city. It gives you an opportunity to acclimatize with the culture and understand how people live here for thousand of years.

The (rowing) boat ride will soak you with amazing sight, smell and sound while you watch the activities happening by the river side. Watch the famous Ganga Aarti from your boat.
Learn and understand the concepts of life and death, reincarnation and salvation, about acceptability of Death and why elderly people from all over India choose to come to Varanasi to get an opportunity to die here.

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Stop At: Experience Varanasi - Private Guided Tours, Varanasi 221005 India

03:00 pm - 05:00 pm Start the tour with a Walking Tour. The Bengali Tola walk through the narrow alleys of Varanasi is a rich cultural walk which takes you through the heart of the Bengali community who have been living in Varanasi for generations. This walk takes you through the narrow alleys of Varanasi, to the heart of the old city and gives you an opportunity to acclimatize with the culture and understand how people live here for thousands of year. Visit a temple, an ashram and a private residence and interact with the family living there.

After the walking tour, take a private boat ride in the evening on the Ganges river.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Experience Varanasi - Private Guided Tours, Varanasi 221005 India

05:00 pm-07:00 pm: Evening boat ride by the sunset after the walking tour, watch the cremation and finally enjoy the Ganga Aarti ceremony from your private boat. The Ganges is worshipped as a living goddess, in Varanasi and daily prayers at dawn and dusk serve as salutations to the river. Oil lamps are offered and bells rung while sacred mantras are chanted. Five to seven priests offer prayers to Ganges in a spectacular and very well-orchestrated event which lasts 45 minutes to an hour. Tour ends.

Duration: 2 hours

  • Private boat ride only for the group booking this experience.
  • Bottled water
  • All Fees and Taxes

  • Snacks
  • Dinner
  • Gratuities
  • Tips
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
Departure Point

Harish Chandra Ghat Road, Harish Chandra Ghat Rd, Sonarpura, Bangali Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India

Departure Time

3:00 PM

Return Details

Hotel Ganges Grand - Varanasi, Front Of Marwari Hospital Building, D-37/47 Godowlia Crossing, Dashashwamedh Ghat Rd, Harha, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India

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