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Activities in Varanasi

Free Walking Tour of Varanasi

  • 86 reviews | 630 travellers
    FREE tour 100% recommended. Walking through the streets of Varanasi, you will discover countless temples and points of religious interest while the guide explains a lot of information about Hinduism and Indian culture: castes, rituals, gods and temples. A luxury for those who want to know India beyond history, since it is a living culture. For those of you who want to know everything about the rituals on the ghats, deities and funerary rites of Varanasi, this is your tour.
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  • The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English. English
  • 2 hours

Varanasi is the holiest of the seven sacred cities of Hinduism. Discover its secrets on this walking tour of the spiritual capital of India.

Varanasi is the holiest of the seven sacred cities of Hinduism. Discover its secrets on this walking tour of the spiritual capital of India.

Itinerary

After meeting in the heart of Varanasi, you'll begin your free walking tour of one of the world's oldest cities, which has over 4000 years of history according to archaeological discoveries. Are you ready to delve deep into India?

Your two hour tour will take you to Varanasi's most symbolic places. You'll see the Nepali Mandir, a wooden temple built by a 19th century Nepalese King and dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is considered one of the oldest and most famous temples in the city.

You'll stroll down to the banks of the sacred Ganges river, where you'll reach Varanasi's most famous ghat, Manikarnika. Many of the city's ghats, or stepped embankments leading down to the water, are used by pilgrims for bathing as part of the puja ceremony, but a few are used exclusively as Hindu cremation sitesManikarnika Ghat is one of the latter, and visiting it is a truly arresting experience. Hindus believe that being cremated at this holiest of places ensures direct entry to heaven: many elderly people make a journey here in their final days to spend their last few days absorbing the atmosphere here. Incredibly, a funeral pyre burns here 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

From here, you'll wander over to the city's ancient markets, where you can sample some local delicacies. You'll finish your free walking tour of Varanasi at the old stepwell pond of Lolark Kund, whose waters are considered sacred.

Important information

  • It is not possible to reserve this tour for groups larger than 6 people
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Schools and groups of students are not permitted on this free walking tour.
  • This tour does not enter inside any monument.
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Price

Free tours do not have a fixed price, rather each person offers the guide the amount they consider appropriate, depending on their level of satisfaction.

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Covid-19 Measures

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Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.

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Duration

2 hours.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

Included

English speaking guide.

Small souvenir.

When to book?

You can book up until the previous day (11:59 pm) if there are still places available. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.

Accessibility

Not wheelchair accessible.

Sustainability

All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code. Specifically, this activity applies the following practices: Show more

No printing of documentation required.

Promotes local employment.

Has a gender equality policy.

Has a carbon footprint offset policy.

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Pets

Not permitted.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you have any other questions please contact us .

Free cancellation

If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.

Meeting point

Hotel Ganges Grand.

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