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Ganges River, Varanasi

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Experience the spiritual atmosphere of Ganges River in Varanasi, the holiest of the many cities nestled on the massive river’s banks. The sacred river attracts pilgrims from all over the country who come to take a dip in its waters, as well as a number of people hoping to be cremated there when they pass, so as to be freed from the cycle of reincarnation. On a boat ride along the river, you can observe the numerous "ghats" (stone steps that lead into the water), used for the rituals of bathing and cremation. Using our online itinerary creator, Varanasi attractions like Ganges River can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • good place for boating,and to have fun with friends .at night it looks very beautiful ,so every one must visit here ...  more »
  • I hired a private guide who organised our own boat. Great experience. Also saw the crematorium by the river. The sunrise was beautiful.  more »
  • After almost 3 months of different tortures across India, this is really a good place to rest (at least during low season).  more »

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Where to stay in Varanasi

The old city of Varanasi has a long history of pilgrimage and tourism, and its range of accommodations has developed to a high degree to meet the vast demand from across India and further afield. Perhaps the most interesting and atmospheric place to stay can be found in the area surrounding the ghats on the west bank of the river. You can find an eclectic mix of simple hotels and guesthouses all the way from this point up to the main train station. North of the station sit the most luxurious of the city's accommodations, with views of the tributary that runs through the north, and a range of additional facilities.
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