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Morning Boat Ride, Walk & Breakfast

Rated 4.67 out of 5 from 3 reviews.Varanasi, India

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Experience hosted by Kunal

2.5 hours
Includes food, transport
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

A rowing boat ride at dawn along the Ganges is a quintessential Varanasi experience. The early-morning light is particularly inspiring, and all the colour and clamour of pilgrims bathing and performing puja unfolds before you. An hour-long trip south from Dashashwamedh Ghat to Harishchandra Ghat and to Manikarnika Ghat and back is popular and be prepared to see a burning corpse at Harishchandra and Manikarnika Ghat.
The old buildings, ashrams and places along the river side tend to glow when the sun light hits them. The ancient name of the city “Kashi” signifies the same. People talking bath, performing rituals, worshiping to the Sun, washing clothes… it all happens.
"Praying to the rising sun to get boon for rejuvenating cycle of life is indispensable part to perform at morning along with other sacred ritual ablution".

The tour is a combination of boat ride and a walking tour to the northern part of the old city to explore the cultural diversity of Varanasi. After the boat ride, we will walk through the alley ways in the heart of the old city and reach the Golden Temple (we will see the temple from outside-only for the Hindus). Finally we go for local breakfast with a cup of tea.
A rowing boat ride at dawn along the Ganges is a quintessential Varanasi experience. The early-morning light is particularly inspiring, and all the colour and clamour of pilgrims bathing and performing puja unfolds before you. An hour-long trip south from Dashashwamedh Ghat to Harishchandra Ghat and to Manikarnika Ghat and back is popular and be prepared to see a burning corpse at Harishchandra and Manikarnika Ghat.
The old buildings, ashram…

Kunal's commitment to safety

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What's included

  • Food
    -One water bottle per person (500 ml).
    - Cup of tea.
    -Local break...
  • Transport
    Boat ride only if it not discontinued by the local administration during th...
From ₹2,000
/ person
Fri, 30 Oct
5:30 AM - 8:00 AM
₹2,000 per person
₹2,000 per person
Sat, 31 Oct
5:30 AM - 8:00 AM
₹2,000 per person
₹2,000 per person
Sun, 1 Nov
5:30 AM - 8:00 AM
₹2,000 per person
₹2,000 per person

Meet your host, Kunal

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 3 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I am a trained and licensed tour guide with insider knowledge, fun personality and a passion for Varanasi. I bring my love for food, history and a good story to every tour. I left my progressing banking career when I found my true calling which is story telling and since last 9 years I am working as a tour guide.
Credentials:
*MBA from Banaras Hindu University.
*Regional Level Guide Training Program by Ministry of Tourism-Government of India-2013.
*State Level Guide Training Program by Uttar Pradesh Tourism department-2012.
*Vocational Training for Tour Guides by Government of India-2010.
My co-host are licensed Tour Guides from the Ministry of Tourism-Government of India.
Co-host 1 is is Satish. He knows the city inside out. Co-host 2 is Shashank, most learned in Hindu religion and Varanasi’s culture. Co-host 3 is Rupak, a Tour Leader.
I am a trained and licensed tour guide with insider knowledge, fun personality and a passion for Varanasi. I bring my love for food, history and a good story to every tour. I left my progressing banking career when I found my true calling which is story telling and since last 9 years I am working as a tour guide.
Credentials:
*MBA from Banaras Hindu University.
*Regional Level Guide Training Program by Ministry of Tourism-Government of India-2013.
*State Level Guide Training…
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Where you'll be

Dashashwamedh Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat (Cremation ground), Outside the Kashi Vishwanath temple, Tea stall, Alley ways in the old city.

Rated 4.67 out of 5 from 3 reviews.

Andrey
November 2019
This walk and boatride let me feel and understand the real life in Varanasi. I enjoyed sunrise, got to know a lot about local traditions&spiritual rituals and tasted breakfast that Varanasi dwellers usually have.
Omer
October 2019
This was a really great tour. Beyond the Ganges boat tour I got to try various breakfast foods and see what a morning in Varanasi is like for many locals.
Manuel
August 2019
Kunal is a true local born and raised in Varanasi. He knows every single corner of the city including local merchants and shops. Unfortunately the boat ride had to stop sooner and was cut by roughly half hour due to high currents of the Ganga river and the police urging sailors not to perform the tours. Kunal however made up for it by bringing us to local shops for breakfast and showing us around.
Kunal is a true local born and raised in Varanasi. He knows every single corner of the city including local merchants and shops. Unfortunately the boat ride had to stop sooner and…

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  • Fri, 30 Oct
    5:30 AM - 8:00 AM
    ₹2,000 per person
  • Sat, 31 Oct
    5:30 AM - 8:00 AM
    ₹2,000 per person
  • Sun, 1 Nov
    5:30 AM - 8:00 AM
    ₹2,000 per person
  • Mon, 2 Nov
    5:30 AM - 8:00 AM
    ₹2,000 per person
  • Tue, 3 Nov
    5:30 AM - 8:00 AM
    ₹2,000 per person
  • Wed, 4 Nov
    5:30 AM - 8:00 AM
    ₹2,000 per person
  • Thu, 5 Nov
    5:30 AM - 8:00 AM
    ₹2,000 per person
  • Fri, 6 Nov
    5:30 AM - 8:00 AM
    ₹2,000 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

More tips

Morning boat ride on the river Ganga from Dashashwamedh Ghat (main ghat), visit the Golden Temple from outside & have local breakfast.

What to bring

An umbrella/rain coat during the monsoon.

Wear a comfortable pair of walking shoes.