Varanasi Evening Tour with Ganga Aarti Experience and Dinner

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Follow Varanasi's veins straight to her heart on this spiritual tour of an ancient city. The Ganges River runs through the veins of Varanasi. Even locals regularly call out har-har Ganga, meaning "long live Ganga," and, come evening, locals flock to the ghats to release lanterns and flowers into the water.


  • Explore Varanasi‚Äôs bustling bazaars, ancient corridors and narrow alleyways

  • Browse local markets selling everything from silk to kites to spices

  • Be part of the traditional Aarti ceremony on the Ganges River at dusk

  • Sample local delicacies and indulge in a rooftop dinner overlooking the river


Night Tours in Varanasi
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daily at 4:00 PM
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Take a tour through one of the world's oldest living cities, and along one of the world's most revered rivers. You'll follow the path of the famous Ganges Riveron this evening walking tour.

Your Varanasi tour will lead you along the city's narrow lanes and alleys to Dal Mandi, a wholesale market of silk garments and puja, a ceremonial Hindu prayer item. From there, you'll continue toward the kite market, decorated with colorful paper kites of different shapes and sizes.

You'll visit the Chowk area and Vishwanath Gali, one of the largest silk markets in Varanasi. The purity of silk is more than just a fashion statement - pure silk is used in religious temple ceremonies for draping the goddesses and on many other auspicious occasions. As you explore, you'll get to taste sweet treats like malaiyo, a local seasonal delicacy, or malai puri, all washed down with a lassi drink.

Next up, your Varanasi tour will proceed to the Dasawamedha Ghat for evening Aarti, one of the most spectacular sights in Varanasi. Hundreds of pilgrims, photographers, and tourists rent boats to watch the magnificence of the Aarti as it unfolds every evening. Lamps are lit, fragrant smoke rises from incense sticks, and the chants of mantras can be heard - prepare to be completely spellbound by one of the most magical events in India. As the Aarti comes to an end, the priests offer flowers, milk and floating lamps to the Ganges. Pilgrims follow and soon the whole of the Ganges River is filled with lit lamps and aromatic flowers. The experience is like a huge cultural bath and amidst all the sound and activity, everyone seeks to find peace.

At the end of the ceremony, your guide will walk you to a delightful dinner at a rooftop restaurant overlooking the Ganges and the ghats.

From there, your guide will be happy to arrange a taxi back to your accommodation or can give you some tips and suggestions for further exploring Varanasi by night.


  • Local English-speaking guide

  • Light snack

  • Ganga Aarti experience

  • Bottle of water

  • Dinner


  • Hotel pick-up and drop off

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Participants must be 6 years old to join this tour.

  • This tour operates as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 12 people.

  • Please dress conservatively as you'll be attending a religious ritual. Wearing of comfortable walking shoes is also recommended.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 4 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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