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Private Full-Day Varanasi Tour with Ganges River Boat Cruise

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    What to Expect
    After early morning pickup at 5:30am from your hotel, take a sunrise boat ride on the sacred Ganges River.

    Witness morning rituals performed at the riverside. Afterward, follow your guide on a short walking tour of the old city's alleyways and catch sight of the Kashi Vishwanath, one of the holiest Hindu temples.

    Stop for breakfast (own expense), then head to Banaras Hindu University at 10am. Established in 1916, BHU is the largest university campus in Asia. Tour the campus and see the Bharat Kala Bhavan museum and the new Vishwanath Temple (Birla Temple), which is an exact replica of the original Vishwanath Temple. Continue to Mother India Temple, built in 1918 and housing an unusual marble relief map of the Indian subcontinent.

    At 12:30pm, learn about the silk weaving traditions of Varanasi, then take a break for lunch (own expense). Afterward, drive about eight miles (13 km) to Sarnath to take in Dhamekh Stupa, known as the place where the Buddha gave his first sermon. You'll also visit the Archaeological Museum, which features treasures that date to the 3rd-century BC (closed  Fridays).

    At 5pm, take another boat ride on the Ganges to view the cremation grounds, then return to Dashashwamedh Ghat to watch the evening Ganga Aarti ceremony. Your tour ends with return to your hotel around 8pm.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    The airport, railway station or your hotel in Varanasi. For airport pick-up, please provide arrival information during booking.
    Departure Time
    5:30 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Hotel/airport pick-up and drop-off
    • Professional private local guide
    • Transport by private air-condition vehicle
    • Morning and evening River cruise on Ganges river
    • Bottled water
    • Entry/Admission - Bharat Mata Temple
    • Entrance fees
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
    • Anything not mentioned in Inclusions
    • Entry/Admission - Sarnath
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Dress code - Temples is a sacred house of God and a place of daily worship. To preserving its sanctity and spiritual ambiance one must follow the below dress code within temple complex:
    • Upper Wear: Must cover the shoulders, chest, navel, and upper arms Lower Wear: Must be at least below knee-length Remove footwear outside the temple. Socks are fine, you can keep wearing them.
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if this is required (meals are at your own expense)
    • A moderate amount of walking is involved please wear comfortable shoes
    • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
    • Please note: The Archaeological Museum in Sarnath is closed on Fridays
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • During rainy season (July to September), Boat ride is subject to availability due to Ganges river overflow.
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    I visited Varanasi with my boyfriend and we had a full day tour with Mr. Amed in Varanasi who was extremely knowledgeable and overall a very smart guy who understood what we wanted and accommodated our needs (for example, not visiting any stores as we were tried of that after a
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    Response from PacificClassicTours, Owner at Private Full-Day Varanasi Tour with Ganges River Boat Cruise
    Responded 7 May 2019
    Dear Kate, I thank you very much for sharing your wonderful experience you had during your "Private Full-Day Varanasi Tour with Ganges River Boat Cruise" and recommending our company. Iam glad to know that you enjoyed your tour and we succeeded in providing you a memorable travel experience. Your feedback is very important to us and encourage us to improvise more and more in order to provide excellent travel services to our future clients. We wish you lots of luck and happiness and look forward to work with you on your next trip to India. Best of health and good vibrations to you and your family. Shakul Garg Call / Whats-app: +91 9837118670
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    First of all, I would like to say that my guide and driver were very kind. The guide in particular was very friendly and well-informed, and we got on very well together. However, I think the tour was severely overpriced for what was offered. At the very least breakfast, lunch
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    Key Details
    • Duration: 12h
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
    • Instant confirmation
    • Hotel Pickup
    • Languages Offered: English
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