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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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  • Why to give a 5 to the most polluted river in the world? because is a unique spiritual experience. You have to do the 2 shifts boat riding at sunrise and at the sunset. Do not ride without a good guid...  more »
  • Navigating the Ganges at dawn is a fantastic and unforgettable experience. With our guide in Spanish we take a boat and we walked the Bank of the Ganges by 10 Km, we saw the ceremonies of cremation, the baths of purification, the offerings, all in a mystical atmosphere, where the smells, sounds, colors intertwine with the temples surrounding creating a dreamlike landscape. We ended up giving candles to the River with our orders, is not turned off while they are away from us, good sign.
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  • Must Visit at least once in lifetime !!! it si such a divine and peaceful feel and u really feel blessed for life 
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  • Dashashwamedh ghat........ Place of most beautiful GANGA ARTI in banaras
  • Great to see and experience. When the river is in flood sometimes in the monsoon season the boat tours are all cancelled by the authorities for safety reasons eg August 2016
  • Ghato ka raja varansi sp baba
  • Jai ho Ganga Maiya ke. The holiest river of the world, and is addressed as "Ganga Ji" allover
  • One of the peaceful place is beside Maa ganga.