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“Captivated by the riverfront”
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Ganges River
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Private Tour: Temples and Ashrams of Ganga Sagar Day Trip from Kolkata
Ranked #1 of 98 things to do in Varanasi
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“Captivated by the riverfront”
Reviewed 16 August 2014

After our Buddhist pilgrimage, GeTS tour took us to the Ganges river.
The hundred and more ghats on the river are the main attraction for visitors. We sat off to visit them at first light before sunrise, around 5 am.
When we reach the river, we saw many hindu pilgrims already bathing in the sacred Ganges. Our tour guide told us that he bathes in the river every morning and it is indeed refreshing. When we touch the water, it was chillingly cold. We shudder at the thought of taking a dip at such an early hour.
Our tour guide hired 2 boats for the four of us. We went upstream towards Harishchandra Chat.
When we started , it was dawn and still dark. We took photos along the way. We were told that photography is not permitted at the burning ghats where bodies are being cremated .
Before long, we saw the rising of the sun from the horizon. Simply captivating.
That evening at sunset we went for a river boat ride again. We saw many young boys and girls carrying baskets of lamps for sale. We bought some lamps and then sat silently on the boat , watching the lamps floated on the river.
We also saw the praying ceremony performed by the Brahmins in honour of the Ganges river. We were told that this praying is done every night.
We recommend that you go for your tour with GeTS .

Visited December 2013
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“holy ganga”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

these day river is high but still good to see the river from the roof top its great feling..we show the ganga aarti on the main ghat roof top its not good feling for us its boaring,,nepali temple and monkey temple and blue lassi is good

Visited August 2014
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“one of my bucket list venues”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

Have just returned from India, went to Ganga with Groovy Tours, totally awesome doesn't begin to describe it
Highly Recommend you go on the river with this tour company, Groovy Tours

Visited August 2014
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“Clean Ganges ,it is not”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

still recovering from early morning scenes of people defecating, bathing and praying same river with in few yards of each other.

Visited August 2014
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“Ganges (Ganga) River”
Reviewed 14 August 2014

Ganges River also known as 'Ganga' is India's most revered river. Varanasi city overlooking the Ganges river is a prime attraction with Ghats. .There are more than 100 ghats along side Ganga in Varanasi. The Assi ghat on one side and Varun Ghat on the other side made the name 'Varanasi'.

At sunrise taking a boat tour along the river is a great way to see the Ghats... In the evening, Varanasi holds a big puja ceremony- the Ganga aarti.at Dasashwamedh Ghat giving a grant look for the Ganges River.

Ganges river is suffering from Pollution. Though some efforts are made to clean, nothing has come out successful.

This sacred river needs to be cleaned and restore its purity.

Visited November 2013
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