Varanasi Sunrise Boat Tour

Duration: 2 hours
Destination: India, Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi

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


A rowing boat ride at dawn along the Ganges is a quintessential Varanasi experience. The early-morning light is particularly inspiring, and all the color and clamour of pilgrims bathing and performing puja unfolds before you. An hour-long trip south from Dashashwamedh Ghat to Harishchandra Ghat and to Manikarnika Ghat and back is popular and be prepared to see a burning corpse at Harishchandra and Manikarnika Ghat

The old buildings, ashrams and places along the river side tend to glow when the sun light hits them. The ancient name of the city “Kashi” signifies the same. People talking bath, performing rituals, worshiping to the Sun, washing clothes… it all happens

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

Take a morning boat ride on the river Ganges at sunrise, when its banks are alive with the multitude of worshipers who come to immerse themselves honoring life’s milestones as they face the rising run. This worship form is better known as “Surya Namaskar” which translates into paying homage to the sun god. And it is not through the formal acts of ritual, but through the most ordinary gestures of riverside and marketplace that the charged, heightened drama of life in Varanasi unfolds.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Banaras Ghats, Varanasi 221002 India

An hour-long trip south from Dashashwamedh Ghat to Harishchandra Ghat and then to Manikarnika Ghat and back is popular and be prepared to see a burning corpse at Harishchandra and Manikarnika Ghat.

People talking bath, performing rituals, worshiping to the Sun, washing clothes… it all happens.

Duration: 2 hours

  • Private boat ride.
  • Professional English speaking tour guide (Licensed by the Ministry of Tourism).
  • Hotel pick-up and drop by air conditioned vehicle if needed.
  • Entry/Admission - Banaras Ghats

  • Breakfast
  • Gratuities and Tips
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • 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 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
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
Departure Point

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

Departure Time

05:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

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


2 hours

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

User's Reviews


05 Oct, 2021

It was just divine experience in the early morning to take boat ride in river Ganaga nad see all the ghats. The guided tour conducted by a v knowledgeable person who is v good host with awesome sense of humor. Please do not miss this!


08 Nov, 2021

What a wonderful find and what a hidden Gem...the best tour guides in Varanasi.... highly recommend you call and bespoke planning at a different level. Kunal was so kind, helpful and went beyond everything including getting up at 5 am and getting us a box of sweets because it was our anniversary...they took us around and gave us the best local experience in terms of wak, boat ride and a gastronomic morning walk...the darshan to Kasi Viswanath temple was also arranged seemlesly...


08 Aug, 2020

This morning boat tour is not to be missed. It was fantastic. Vinod our guide came to our hotel, the Rose Heritage, to fetch us before dawn. We stopped for chai on the way to the boat, and then for more than 3 hours, he showed us the Ganges in all its glory, and explained the fascinating stories of the ghats, the pilgrims who come here to bathe and to die. We wanted to see the burning ghats and hear more stories, so Vinod arranged for us to speak with one of the overseer, and it was informative and touching to learn the story of the cremation ritual. I expected it to be difficult to see these images, but it was not. I expected it to be tough to take in the scents and sounds. It was not. With ultimate respect and authority, Vinod explained the story of Hindu's holiest city. Jitendra, our boat man, was wonderful, and Mr. Kunal who set up the whole experience, including our sunset walking tour the previous evening with Vinod, was also excellent. The sunset walk with the Hindu fire ceremony is also not to be missed. Leave yourself enough time here to do these sacred rituals. I will return to Varanasi and I will book more curated tours with Experience Varanasi.


08 Dec, 2019

I woke up 4am still wondering if I would be able to catch a boat. Checked my phone and saw Kunal’s message. In 1 hour, I was meeting Kunal for the tour start, surprisingly a Solo/Private tour with a well rounded person - able to navigate across different themes and aubjects. That’s when the learning process begun, by hearing tales and stories about hinduism, how the city works, rituals and daily ordinary habits. This feeling was carried out through the entire boat journey, but then mixed with moments of contemplation and connection... til the last piece when we had local food together. I lived a fantastic experience in this 3 hour tour. I will never forget. Namaste


08 Feb, 2019

We did morning boat tour and also evening boat tour with Kunal. It was very interesting experience and he has told us a lot about Varanasi and Hindu culture etc. which we didn't know anything about. Unfortunately we didn't see the sunrise but it was still nice to be on the boat watching people bathing and we fed the birds(a lot of them!) in the morning and watched burning ghat and evening ritual from the boat.We throughly enjoyed the both experiences, thank you Kunal!

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