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Activities in Varanasi

Ganga Aarti & Sunrise Boat Trip

Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the service starts

Seeing the sunrise over the holy city of Varanasi is an unforgettable experience. Be seduced by its incredible colours on a boat trip of the Ganges, and enjoy watching the Hindu Aarti ceremony, a sacred rite that will leave you speechless.

Seeing the sunrise over the holy city of Varanasi is an unforgettable experience. Be seduced by its incredible colours on a boat trip of the Ganges, and enjoy watching the Hindu Aarti ceremony, a sacred rite that will leave you speechless.

Ganga Aarti & Sunrise Boat Trip

After meeting your guide in front of the Kashi Café in Varanasi in the early hours of the morning, you'll head to the riverside ghats, stepped embankments that lead down to the water, where holy purification rituals are performed. 

As you watch the spectacular sunrise over the waters of the Ganges, you'll be witness to one of the most famous rites in the Hindu religion: the Aarti ceremony. The ritual is performed in honour of the river itself, known as the Goddess Ganga, one of the world's holiest rivers according to Hinduism.

Ganga Aarti is performed by seven Hindu priests, who light lamps and incense and chant hymns as part of the ritual. An unforgettable experience of this ancient religion!

You'll then board a boat which will take you on a tour of approximately one hour of the river Ganges. Throughout this incredible journey, you'll watch as the first rays of sunlight illuminate the city. While you sail, your expert guide will also entertain you with fascinating facts about Varanasi and the spirituality that surrounds it.

The boat trip will come to an end at Assi Ghat at 7 am.

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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.

Sunrise boat trip.

Ganga Aarti Ceremony.

Hot drink.

Typical snack.

When to book?

You can book up until 5 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.

Accessibility

Not wheelchair accessible.

Sustainability

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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.

  • Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?

    A - This activity requires a minimum of 2 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.

If you have any other questions please contact us .

Free cancellation

Free! Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.

Meeting point

Kashi Cafe, Assi Ghat Rd.

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