Varanasi City Tours
Most of the sites of Varanasi are located on or near the Ganga. We are able to take you to all those sites including:
- Manikarnika Ghat (the Cremation ghat)
- Dasaswamedh Ghat (aka Main Ghat)
- Assi Ghat
- Monkey Temple (aka Durga Temple)
- Nepali Temple
- Ramnagar Fort
- Benares Hindu University (BHU)
We can also take you to the Ganga Aarti ceremony on Main Ghat (occurs every night and is a must see). This is a Hindu religious ritual of worship, a part of puja, in which light from wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) or camphor is offered to one or more deities. Aartis also refer to the songs sung in praise of the deity, when lamps are being offered. When aarti is performed, the performer faces the deity of God (or divine element, e.g. Ganges river) and concentrates on the form of God by looking into the eyes of the deity (it is said that eyes are the windows to the soul) to get immersed.
At the very least you’ll want to do an early morning boat ride of 1-2 hours and an evening boat ride of 60-90 minutes. We can also arrange all-day excursions that will allow you to explore this magnificent and ancient city in depth. Please see Sunil for details and scheduling.
Children will inevitably come to the boat to sell you offerings for the Ganga. Each floating candle with flowers typically costs 10 rupees. It is an offering for Mother Ganga but you can make a wish as you release it.
For information on some of the festivals specific to Varanasi you can see here: http://www.world-guides.com/asia/india/uttar-pradesh/varanasi/varanasi_events.html
Our pricing is up-front, fair, and honest.
We have guides that speak English, French and Japanese.
Phone: 08924952294 (preferred)
Email: [email protected]
You can find us at Meer Ghat, just 2 ghats north of Main Ghat (Dashashwamedh Ghat), in front of Ganpati Guesthouse and Alka Hotel
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