Varanasi: Half-Day City Tour and Evening Aarti (Worship)

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Varanasi: Half-Day City Tour and Evening Aarti (Worship)

From $68 per person

Join this unforgettable and immersive experience in Hindu culture, during this half-day tour. Observe religious rituals on the Ganges and get a real sense of Varanasi by exploring the riverside, charming alleys, temples, and markets behind the Ghats.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Your Hotel in Varanasi


  • Enjoy a one-hour boat ride
  • Marvel at the beautiful and colorful view of the river as Pandas come to perform aarti
  • See Manikarnika Ghat (The Burning Ghat), the most auspicious place for Hindus to be cremated
  • Explore the narrow alleys of Varanasi with your English-speaking guide
Full description
Your tour of Varanasi, one of the holy cities of India will start at 2:00 P.M. Your guide will be waiting for your arrival at your hotel lobby and you will drive to Dasaswamedh Ghat. When you arrive, you will start your boat ride on the Ganges River.   During this 1-hour boat ride, you will see a beautiful sunset and ceremonies happening on the banks of Ganges river, performed by Hindu priests and devotees. Then you will be able to observe Hindu people cremated in Manikarnika Ghat (an auspicious ceremony), where the final resting of the human body takes place. At night, you will see different shows displaying Hindu culture on the banks of Manikarnika Ghat. It’s a colorful ceremony that happens every day and showcases the glorious Hindu culture. At the end of the ceremony, you will enjoy dinner at a popular rooftop restaurant, where you can take in the unforgettable views of the city. At the end of the tour, you will be driven back to your hotel.
  • English Speaking tour guide
  • Mineral water
  • Transportation by tuk-tuk and rickshaw
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Pick-up and drop off from the airport or railway station is not included
  • Any personal expenses during the tour
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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    • Shoes must be removed at places of worship
    • Knees and shoulders must be covered at the places of worship
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    3.3 / 5

    based on 4 reviews

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    Without a boat tour usually, so far ok

    Due to high water, the boat trip could not take place. That changes the tour a lot, too bad. So it's pretty expensive too. Guide was good.

    October 13, 2019

    It was ok

    The walking city tour you can do on your own. It was nice to learn about Shiva and how people worship the god and the meanings of it. I didnt get the dinner that is supposed to be included. It was ok i give it 3 stars. Its not worth the price I dont think

    November 24, 2018

    May 30, 2019

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    Product ID: 175956