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Ganga Aarti & Sunrise Boat Trip
Activities in Varanasi

Ganga Aarti & Sunrise Boat Trip

  • English English
  • 2 hours

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.

Itinerary

After meeting your guide 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.

Price

Adults Children under 4 years old
US$ 14
Free
  • Adults

    US$ 14
  • Children under 4 years old

    Free

More Information

Duration

2 hours.

Language English

The tour is exclusively in English.

Included

English speaking guide.

Sunrise boat trip.

Ganga Aarti Ceremony.

Hot drink.

Typical snack.

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

If there are still places available, you can book until the previous day (local time in Varanasi).

Ticket

Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.

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 still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.

Accessibility

No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).

US$ 14
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the service starts

Meeting point

Hotel Ganges Grand.

Cancellations

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.
When the minimum number of participants (2) is not reached, we will contact you to offer you other alternatives.

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