Varanasi Evening Tour with Ganga Aarti Experience and Indian 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.

Highlights
  • Explore Varanasi’s 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

Description

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.

Includes

  • Local sweet treat and lassi

  • Bottled water

  • Dinner

  • English-speaking guide
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Varanasi Evening Tour with Ganga Aarti Experience and Indian Dinner

Duration: 4 hour(s)
Available: Sun
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Inclusions: Local sweet treat and lassi / Bottled water / Dinner / English-speaking guide
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Schedule

  • 16:00

    Meet Your Local Guide at PDR Mall Box Office

  • Visit the Dal Mandi Market

    This evening tour starts with a walk through Varanasi's narrow lanes and alleyways to reach Dal Mandi market. Upon arrival, explore the wholesale market where you can find silk garments and ceremonial Hindu prayer items called puja.

  • More Markets to Explore!

    Visit more markets including the kite market, to see a wide range of colorful and beautiful paper kites, and the Chowk and Vishwanath Gali, two of the most famous street markets in the city.

  • Taste Local Sweet Treats

    Indulge in local sweets such as the malaiyo, a winter sweet treet, and malai puri, pancakes made with thickened milk. Wash these delicacies down with a cup of lassi, a traditional yogurt-based drink with spices and, sometimes, fruit.

  • Experience the Ganga Aarti

    Transfer to Dasawamedha Ghat to witness the most sacred tradition in Varanasi, the Ganga Aarti. During the ceremony, observe as pilgrims offer their prayers to the Ganges River. Witness as priests offer flowers, milk, and floating lamps to the holy river.

  • Savor a Local Dinner

    The night ends with a delightful dinner of local Indian cuisine at a rooftop restaurant, where you can enjoy a magnificent view of the river and the ghats.

  • 20:00

    Tour Ends at Dolphin Restaurant at Rashmi Guest House

  • (For Check-In) PDR Mall Box Office (PDR Mall Box Office, Luxa Road) Time: 16:00:00

  • (For Check-Out) Dolphin Restaurant ( Man Mandir Ghat ) Time: 20:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) PDR Mall Box Office (PDR Mall Box Office, Luxa Road) Time: 16:00:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Dolphin Restaurant ( Man Mandir Ghat ) Time: 20:00:00

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Notes

Restriction(s)
  • The tour price excludes personal expenses, tips and gratuities, and optional activity costs.

  • Children 6 years old and above can participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Please dress conservatively as you'll be attending a religious ritual.

  • Walking shoes

Additional Note(s)
  • The tour will be conducted in a small group with a maximum of 12 participants.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a maximum of 12.

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Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made within 2 business days of your activity (after 16:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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