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icon12 to 14 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
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
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Overview

Explore Varanasi on a private full-day tour that includes a sunrise and sunset boat ride 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.
  • Private 14-hour tour of Varanasi with Ganges River cruise
  • Take two cruises on the Ganges River, one at sunrise and one at sunset that includes the Ganga Aarti ceremony
  • Visit two Hindu temples, and a musuem on the Banaras Hindu University campus
  • See Dhamekh Stupa, an important Buddhist site in Sarnath
  • Includes private guide and vehicle, Ganges cruises, and hotel pickup and drop-off
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Hotel/airport pick-up and drop-off
Professional private local guide
Transport by private air-condition vehicle
Morning and evening River cruise on Ganges river
Bottled water
Entrance fees
Food and drinks
Gratuities
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Departure Time

5:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After early morning pickup at 5:30am from your hotel, take a sunrise boat ride on the sacred Ganges River.

Witness morning rituals performed at the riverside. Afterward, follow your guide on a short walking tour of the old city's alleyways and catch sight of the Kashi Vishwanath, one of the holiest Hindu temples.

Stop for breakfast (own expense), then head to Banaras Hindu University at 10am. 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. Continue to Mother India Temple, built in 1918 and housing an unusual marble relief map of the Indian subcontinent.

At 12:30pm, learn about the silk weaving traditions of Varanasi, then take a break for lunch (own expense). Afterward, drive about eight miles (13 km) to Sarnath to take in Dhamekh Stupa, known as the place where the Buddha gave his first sermon. You'll also visit the Archaeological Museum, which features treasures that date to the 3rd-century BC (closed  Fridays).

At 5pm, take another boat ride on the Ganges to view the cremation grounds, then return to Dashashwamedh Ghat to watch the evening Ganga Aarti ceremony. Your tour ends with return to your hotel around 8pm.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Ganges River
After early morning pickup at 5:30am from your hotel or other desired location in Varanasi leave for boat ride 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 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kashi Vishwanath Temple
One of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Vishveswara – Shiva as lord of the universe. Later back to your hotel for breakfast.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Banaras Hindu University
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 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bharat Mata Temple
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
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sarnath
known as the place where the Buddha gave his first sermon. You'll also visit the Archaeological Museum, which features treasures that date to the 3rd-century BC (closed Fridays).
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Ganges River
Evening take another boat ride on the Ganges to view the cremation grounds, then return to Dashashwamedh Ghat to watch the evening Ganga Aarti ceremony. Your tour ends with return to your hotel.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • During rainy season (July to September), Boat ride is subject to availability due to Ganges river overflow.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Pacific Classic Tours India

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Full-Day Varanasi Tour with Ganges River Boat Cruise?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Private Full-Day Varanasi Tour with Ganges River Boat Cruise.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Full-Day Varanasi Tour with Ganges River Boat Cruise?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Full-Day Varanasi Tour with Ganges River Boat Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Full-Day Varanasi Tour with Ganges River Boat Cruise?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Full-Day Varanasi Tour with Ganges River Boat Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Full-Day Varanasi Tour with Ganges River Boat Cruise?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Private Full-Day Varanasi Tour with Ganges River Boat Cruise.

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Not worth for huge money charged Small India car arranged Tour guide services only good one . Never book again sorry
Jawahar A
, 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 viator 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
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The Varanasi tour was fantastic...
Genevieve C
, Dec 2017
The Varanasi tour was fantastic! Everything was very organized and timely. It's a long day; however I was very appreciative of the built in breaks. Our tour guide Nilesh was so great and didn't overlook a single detail during the day. I definitely recommend this tour!
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This was the perfect way to discover...
lucien l
, Jan 2017
This was the perfect way to discover the city in only one day! the boats rides in the morning time and in the evening were totally different...the same place but the fog and few peoples in the morning give us a mystic felling! In the evening , there were so many people, it was difficult to walk until the Ganges, but this is part of the experience: noises, people, temples, flowers, cows...When we arrive by boat at the cremation place, we cannot be indifferent, we almost feel the fervor floating in the air! More than i had expected... Our guide was perfect, he gave us a lot of informations...during 14h...the driver was very efficient ...it was a great exprience with both of them! Starting at 5:30 am and finishing at 800 pm , this was to much for my kids..9 and 16 years so our guide agree with us, and was very comprehensive and we let them at the hotel by 5:00pm. The best way to discover and feel the holy spirit of this city!!
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This tour started with a very bad...
gnilloc
, Nov 2016
This tour started with a very bad note. I had an email telling me I needed to have cash for the boat rides. After an email to Viator querying his, I had a reply, saying they had contacted the provider to confirm that the boat tides were included. There was no further communication until the tour provider turned up at the hotel to tell us we would be collected at 5.45am. The next morning at 5.20 our guide arrived. He had not been told of the time change. He also had been told we were providing the car and driver, so there was some uncertainty to begin. Eventually a car and driver arrived. Our guide, Shashank Basu, was wonderful. He rescued what could have been a complete disaster. He suggested some amendments to the proposed plan, but gave us the choice of going with the original plan. His suggestions were so much better than the original, and we had a wonderful day. He is a superb guide and I cannot recommend him highly enough. The tour provider needs to make serious changes with the organisation and communication aspects of the your. Well don't him for employing Shashank. He is an asset to your business.
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The early morning sunrise on the...
traveller
, Nov 2016
The early morning sunrise on the Ganges and the evening Aarti ceremony was just as enjoyable the second time around first visited in 2011. The only disappointing thing was that we were unable to visit the Golden Temple due to the very long queues as there was a festival happening at the time. These things can't be helped. A big thank you to our guide Anup who made the day special with his knowledge and great sense of humour.
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