Walking tours - for an authentic Varanasi experience

Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Destination: India, Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Varanasi
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Varanasi is a land of many faiths, a myriad of colors, smells & sounds, a cocktail of tastes and a melting pot of beautiful people and many ancient architecture & carvings. It is in Varanasi that anyone will find all these aspects of India in abundance. When passing through the residential spaces, you will find undoubtedly feel the sense of community and the spirit that exists in every area. People from all over India live in the old part of Varanasi and a tour of through its narrow alleys is quite an adventure not to miss..

Attractions of the tour:

- Religious activities along bank side of River Ganga
- Most Important Ghats
- Sacred Temples
- Narrow alleys
- Local Markets
- Cremations Ground
- Few nice locations for photography

FYI : Our walking tours are always theme-based walks – so let us invite you to come walk with us..

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Godowlia, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India

On the way to the Dashashwamedh Ghat (Main Ghat), we will pass from Godowlia Crossing, its the most busy/crowded crossing..

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Dasaswamedh Ghat Road Bangali Tola, Varanasi 221001 India

Dashashwamedh Ghat, is divided into two parts in between the two parts is Prayaga Ghat- which is replicates the holy city of Prayagraj (Allahabad). This ghat is presumed to be the first historically recorded site associated with the horse sacrifice performed by the Shiva Nagas king around the 3rd century. Walking around here you can get an idea of religious activities and the associated shops selling ritual items.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Man Singh Observatory, Dashashvamedh Ghat, Varanasi India

Man Mandir Ghat, on which stands a palace built by the king of Amber (Rajasthan), Savai Man Singh in 1585-1605. It is known primarily for the magnificent building with exquisite, ornately carved windows carving, and on the roof the Hindu Observatory built by Savai Jai Singh in 1710. The giant’s stone instruments were once used to study the movement of the sun, the moon, the stars, and other heavenly bodies.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Meer Ghat, Lahori Tola, Varanasi 221001 India

Meer Ghat, named in 1735 after the Muslim commander Mir Rustam Ali, provides access to the Vishalakshi temple, and Dharma Kupa. At the top of the Ghat a conservative Brahmin (Swami Karapatri-ji) built New Vishwanath temple in 1956.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Nepali Temple (Kathwala Temple), Lalita Ghat,, Varanasi India

Nepali Ghat, close to the bank is a pretty little shrine of the goddess Ganga River, and from the bank a staircase lead to the Nepalese temple (Replica of Pashupati Nath Temple), a very picturesque building, built chief of wood and brick, and known for its erotic sculptures in wood. All four gateways and the doors of the temple are fully decorated with symbolic and archetypal architecture. You we can have short stop here..

Duration: 20 minutes

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

Manikarnika Ghat- famous for cremation ground (photography of the cremation area is prohibited), where one can watch the cremation and related rituals.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Alamgir Mosque, Nr. Panchganga Ghat, Varanasi 221002 India

Alamgir Mosque, which was built on the location of a 11th century Vishnu temple. After its first destruction in the 15th century, it was re-made by the king of Amber (Rajasthan), but finally demolished and transformed in mosque in 1673 by the bigoted Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The original image of black-marble Lord Vishnu is kept in the nearby house of Lakshmanabala, now known as Vindu Madhav Temple, and attracts thousands of devotees and pilgrims. To the left of the entrance gate is an image of Lord Vishnu’s vehicle Garudda, a divine bird, and to the right is Hanuman, Lord Rama’s devotees. These are pieces of the original temple and are excellent example of miniature and column architecture. Inside the temple, straight ahead one can see the image of Vishnu Madhava. While enjoying the flight of stone steps, on the left you pass through the monastery of Ramananda, a 14th century saint who was the guru of the great Saint Kabir (1398-1518).

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Sankahtha Mata Mandir, CK 21/20, Shitala Gali, Garwasitola, Govindpura, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India

From here we continue our walks, as we enter the lanes of the northern part of the old city, we will get to peep through the galiya (Alley ways), and lives of people who have never left the street for years. Seeing the life style of Varanasi is distinct in nature, and referred to as Banarasipan. It is an art of living, both passionate and carefree, what the Varanasi dwellers call Masti (“Joie de vivre”), Mauj (“Delight, festivity”), and Phakarapan (“Care freeness”). Some point, we all enjoy a very famous local snacks and drinks – the taste of Varanasi.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Blue Lassi Shop, CK 12/1 Kunj Gali, Kachaudi Gali, Near Rajbandhu, Govindpura, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India

We can stop here for one who likes to drink a very famous lassi (on own expenses) ..

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi 221001 India

Kashi Vishwanath Temple, is one of the most famous Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Its also known as Golden temple..

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Godowlia, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India

Passing by Local Markets, shops, and one more famous temple, we will end our tour here..

Duration: 30 minutes

Inclusions
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Eco friendly tour guide..
  • Entry/Admission - Meer Ghat
  • Entry/Admission - Alamgir Mosque

Exclusions
  • Vehicle for pickup and drop from/to any hotel..
  • Any monument entrance fee..
  • Entry/Admission - Man Singh Observatory
  • Entry/Admission - Nepali Temple (Kathwala Temple)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • 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
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • 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
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
Departure Point

Girja Ghar Chauraha, Girja Ghar, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India
Traveler pickup is offered
We can pickup our guest from anywhere here in the city (In 6 Km) or from Airport as well.. There will be an additional fee if the hotel is beyond our area. The fee depends on distance, and you may inquire it to us once the product has been booked.


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

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

Duration

4 to 5 hours

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

User's Reviews

sssingh444

23 Jul, 2022

Kashi Tours with Rajeev Ji was one of my favorite parts of my India trip. I didn’t know much about Kashi prior to going, I had watched a video or two but Rajeev Ji was able to show us things that really embodied the heart of Kashi rather than just the normal touristy things. My favorite part was the Ganga Aartis, both morning and night which I 10/10 recommend. Definitely had some early mornings but in the end it was so worth it to really get a feel of what makes Kashi so special.

MoSingh2964

14 Jul, 2022

Mr. Rajeev Rastogi is an awesome tour guide. He knows how to put together a tour based on your preferences. Very flexible in adding and subtracting items from the agenda as needed. Very informative and has an excellent sense of humor - makes the whole tour a joyful experience. Looking forward to doing an off-beat tour with Rajeevji in the near future.

SasiRadhakrishnan

31 Mar, 2022

We, a group of 15 members, mostly senior citizens had a safe, comfortable and enjoyable pilgrimage trip with Sri. Rajeev Rastogi of Kashi Journeys as our tour guide/escort. We chose him based on his professional ratings and found him much more than a guide. When we contacted him, we explained our requirements, concerns, length of stay, and approximate budget and asked him to prepare an itinerary suiting us and all other related arrangements. The very next day he came up with all details and we had no hesitation to confirm the plan. Starting from airport pickup till airport drop off, he was with us and everyone of us were very pleased with his services. During our stay we found him very honest, committed to his work, punctual and enjoys moving with guests and quite often exceeds our expectations. If anyone plans Varanasi pilgrimage tour and looking for a good guide/escort, you can confidently call him and I am sure that you will not be disappointed. I wish him good health and Lord Viswanathan's blessings throughout his life. We are again planning for a long stay at Varanasi and definitely Rajeev will be our host.

lakshmiprabha

02 Mar, 2022

It was a wonderful journey, and we took a lot of memories back to our home. The itinerary was fantastic. The food and accommodation was very good. Rajeev was most caring and brilliant tour guide. He took care of everything from food, stay, travels, finding out best eateries, shopping stops. He cared for each one of us. He was more like a son. Every step of the trip is tailored in comfortable way. Thank you Rajeev ji for making this trip a memorable one. Wishing you all the best. Our blessings and prayers are with you. Thank you, Lakshmi Prabha

thirumalai28

02 Mar, 2022

It was a wonderful journey and we took back the beautiful memories and blessings from Varanasi. It will be forever etched in our heart. It's been a week, we are back to our house. But still deep into the memory lane of Varanasi. For every successful trip, it depends on the person we travel with, the people we meet, For us it was Rajeev Ji and Driver Saleem Ji. We are all at the age group of above 60+. They made our trip the comfortable one. It was a hectic itinerary. But Rajeev made it so easy for us with the timings and the arrangements. Driver Saleem Ji, was with at most patience admist heavy traffic. The next important thing when we away from house is the food and accommodation. There is no regrets. We had the best rooms and the best food. The food was so much comfortable to our stomach(LOL). It was like home away from Home. The boat trips, shopping, eateries, skipping temple queues, explaining the history about the temples and palaces, Ganga aarathi, pind dhaan.. Everything from A to Z was brilliantly planned and executed by Rajeev. He was more like a Son and a family member. Thank you so much for making this as a memorable trip, we are much grateful to you. Our prayers and blessings will always be with you. All the best for your future! Rajeev With Love, R Thirumalai and family

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