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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  • August 18, 2017
    Its a great experience with lots of positive energy all around. Just make sure to have a good view and seating to enjoy the whole aarti which lasts for almost 45 minutes.  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Emblematic place of the India that we enjoyed discover accompanied by a guide. The atmosphere is really special. We returned at different times of the day and the atmosphere was quite different: family in the morning, we have worked with families who came to relax on the banks; moderated in the afternoon, between street vendors, tourist boat ride; and spiritual sunset: prayers, cremations... Regardless of the time, we were impressed, but never bad uncomfortable, no doubt thanks to our guide and the fact of not being in a group. He always took the time to explain what was going on, asking whether or not we wanted to approach. A beautiful memory!
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  • August 17, 2017
    We felt very happy to see most of the ghats. Covered approx. 15 to 20 ghats. The water was also warm and could have a dip without any problem. We were very much satisfied seeing the ghats and ganga ri...  more »

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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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