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“a MUST see in India”
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Ganges River
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3-Hour Varanasi Morning Sunrise Boat Tour
Ranked #1 of 98 things to do in Varanasi
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“a MUST see in India”
Reviewed 18 August 2014

One of the highlights of my 10-month stay in India - this may have been my favorite attraction in the whole of the country. The river by day is beautiful, but it is best to go during early morning and late at night. In the early mornings, you'll see devotees bathing themselves in the water. A really powerful sight as the sun rises over the river. The most incredible experience, though, is the burning ghat by night. A rather eerie feeling falls over the river as families burn the remains of their loved ones, but it is terrifyingly beautiful. An absolute must.

River boats are about 200 rupees and while on the river, you can buy individual candles to burn and release into the water. A really touching way to become part of the ritual.

Visited February 2014
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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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