Private 3-Day City Tour of Varanasi Rickshaw and Boat Ride Including Ganga Aarti
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the low down
Varanasi –the sacred ,soulful & ancient spectacular city. Visit of Sarnath, an interesting place where Lord Budhha gave his first sermon here. View magnificient stupas & monasteries. Evening witness the Aarti ceremony at the Ghats of the holistic city. Boat cruise at the River Ganges. Visit of ancient temples & Modern structured marble temple – Tulsi Manas Temple, walls engraved with the hindi version of the Ramayana.
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  • Varanasi, India , India
  • 3 days
customer reviews
out of 5


After a 10 day tour in India, my friend and I added on this side trip to Varanasi which was FANTASTIC. Prior to leaving Australia, the communication with the tour operator was prompt and professional using Viber and What's App and when we missed our connecting flight to begin the tour, again the tour operator reorganised for us with no fuss. Our private guide was the best - informative, organised and friendly and he arranged seats for us on a verandah overlooking the Ganges to view the evening aarti festivities. Watching the morning rituals at the Ganges was amazing too. This tour was a definite highlight of our entire Indian trip. Varanasi is a MUST VISIT and this tour was wonderful.

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what to expect

Day 1: Arrival Varanasi (No Meal)
Arrival at Airport / Railway Station in Varanasi - is one of India’s most important pilgrimage sites and the holiest of holy cities for Hindus. Also known as Kashi and Benaras & Varanasi. It is one of the world’s oldest living cities, and has been a centre of learning and culture for well over 2000 years. The place where the Buddha turned the Wheel of Law and delivered his first sermon. 

Later in the evening we enjoy rickshaw (Tricycle) ride passing through the busy streets and bazaars of Varanasi takes us to the holy river Ganges where we cruise to witness the ’Aarti’ ceremonies amidst hundreds of lighted candles and flower offerings. Overnight stay at hotel in Varanasi. 

Overnight: 4 Star Hotel. 

Day 2: Varanasi Sightseeing (B, L)
Early morning we take a Boat cruise at the river Ganges to observe the way of life of pilgrims by the Ghats. We rise before dawn and step gingerly onto a rickety old boat as the wizened boatman coasts off. You wait, still, for the daily miracle to unfold. Just then, as if having waited for the audience to settle reverently in their assigned places, the Sun God appears triumphantly over the horizon. The sound of conches and temple bells rent the delicate pink fabric of dawn. The formerly hushed murmuring of ancient Sanskrit Shlokas, now rises, in one voice, to a crescendo of unparalleled piety and joy. 

After breakfast we visit city tour of Varanasi where we visit the Bharat Mata temple with a big relief map of India in Marble, Durga temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir, Benaras Hindu University which has an art gallery & the mosque of Moghul Emperor Aurangzeb. 

Evening visit of Sarnath, an important pilgrimage centre for Buddhist. This is where the Buddha preached his first sermon after getting enlightenment. Sarnath's temples and Archaeological Museum are full of Buddhist art treasures. 

Overnight: 4 Star Hotels. 

Day 3: Depart from Varanasi (B)
Pick up from Hotel and drop off Airport / Railway Station in Varanasi.

inclusions and exclusions

    1. 2-night hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis with breakfast
    2. All Transfers/Sightseeing’s by air conditioned private vehicle
    3. Boat and Rickshaw ride in Varanasi
    4. Professional private tour guide
    5. Monument entrances fees
    6. Buffet Lunch
    1. Drinks
    2. Gratuities (recommended)
  • Airport / Railway Station in Varanasi
  • Romantic experience, perfect for couples
  • Airport transfer
  • All entrance fees included
  • Breakfast included
  • Buffet lunch included
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Not recommended for participants with back problems
  • Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for pregnant women
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.