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Morning Boat Ride, Walk & Breakfast

Varanasi, India

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Experience hosted by Kunal

2 hours
Includes food, transportation
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

A rowing boat ride at dawn along the Ganges is a quintessential Varanasi experience. The early-morning light is particularly inspiring, and all the colour and clamour of pilgrims bathing and performing puja unfolds before you. An hour-long trip south from Dashashwamedh Ghat to Harishchandra Ghat and to Manikarnika Ghat and back is popular and be prepared to see a burning corpse at Harishchandra and Manikarnika Ghat.
The old buildings, ashrams and places along the river side tend to glow when the sun light hits them. The ancient name of the city “Kashi” signifies the same. People talking bath, performing rituals, worshiping to the Sun, washing clothes… it all happens.
"Praying to the rising sun to get boon for rejuvenating cycle of life is indispensable part to perform at morning along with other sacred ritual ablution".

The tour is a combination of boat ride and a walking tour to the northern part of the old city to explore the cultural diversity of Varanasi. After the boat ride, we will walk through the alley ways in the heart of the old city and reach towards the Kashi Vishwanath Temple corridor. Finally we go for local breakfast with a cup of tea.

Other things to note:
Morning boat ride on the river Ganga from Dashashwamedh Ghat, see the Gyanvapi Mosque from outside & have local breakfast.
You have to walk up and down the stairs from the road to the river & back.
A rowing boat ride at dawn along the Ganges is a quintessential Varanasi experience. The early-morning light is particularly inspiring, and all the colour and clamour of pilgrims bathing and performing puja unfolds before you. An hour-long trip south from Dashashwamedh Ghat to Harishchandra Ghat and to Manikarnika Ghat and back is popular and be prepared to see a burning corpse at Harishchandra and Manikarnika Ghat.
The old buildings, ashram…

Kunal's commitment to safety

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What's included

  • Food
    -One water bottle per person (500 ml).
    - Cup of tea.
    -Local break...
  • Transportation
    Boat ride only if it not discontinued by the local administration during th...
From $26
/ person
Mon, Jan 25
6:30 AM - 8:30 AM
$26 per person
$26 per person
Tue, Jan 26
6:30 AM - 8:30 AM
$26 per person
$26 per person
Wed, Jan 27
6:30 AM - 8:30 AM
$26 per person
$26 per person

Meet your host, Kunal

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 3 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Hi, I am Kunal, a private tour guide with insider knowledge, fun personality and a passion for Varanasi. I bring my love for food, history, and a good story to every tour. Not only am I a part of Varanasi, but Varanasi is a part of me.

I left my progressing banking career when I found my true calling which is storytelling and show people the city I love & since last 10 years I am working as a tour guide. I was the product manager for Cox & Kings Inbound Tours for Varanasi and adjoining destinations.

Credentials:
*MBA from Banaras Hindu University.
*Regional Level Guide Training Program by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India-2013.
*State Level Guide Training Program by UP Tourism-2012.
*Vocational Training for Tour Guides by Government of India-2010.

All my co-hosts trained and licensed Tour Guides from the Ministry of Tourism.
Hi, I am Kunal, a private tour guide with insider knowledge, fun personality and a passion for Varanasi. I bring my love for food, history, and a good story to every tour. Not only am I a part of Varanasi, but Varanasi is a part of me.

I left my progressing banking career when I found my true calling which is storytelling and show people the city I love & since last 10 years I am working as a tour guide. I was the product manager for Cox & Kings Inbound Tours for Varanasi and adjoi…
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Where you'll be

Dashashwamedh Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat (Cremation ground), Outside the Kashi Vishwanath temple, Tea stall, Alley ways in the old city.

Rated 4.67 out of 5 from 3 reviews.

Andrey
November 2019
This walk and boatride let me feel and understand the real life in Varanasi. I enjoyed sunrise, got to know a lot about local traditions&spiritual rituals and tasted breakfast that Varanasi dwellers usually have.
Omer
October 2019
This was a really great tour. Beyond the Ganges boat tour I got to try various breakfast foods and see what a morning in Varanasi is like for many locals.
Manuel
August 2019
Kunal is a true local born and raised in Varanasi. He knows every single corner of the city including local merchants and shops. Unfortunately the boat ride had to stop sooner and was cut by roughly half hour due to high currents of the Ganga river and the police urging sailors not to perform the tours. Kunal however made up for it by bringing us to local shops for breakfast and showing us around.
Kunal is a true local born and raised in Varanasi. He knows every single corner of the city including local merchants and shops. Unfortunately the boat ride had to stop sooner and…

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  • Mon, Jan 25
    6:30 AM - 8:30 AM
    $26 per person
  • Tue, Jan 26
    6:30 AM - 8:30 AM
    $26 per person
  • Wed, Jan 27
    6:30 AM - 8:30 AM
    $26 per person
  • Thu, Jan 28
    6:30 AM - 8:30 AM
    $26 per person
  • Fri, Jan 29
    6:30 AM - 8:30 AM
    $26 per person
  • Sat, Jan 30
    6:30 AM - 8:30 AM
    $26 per person
  • Sun, Jan 31
    6:30 AM - 8:30 AM
    $26 per person
  • Mon, Feb 1
    6:30 AM - 8:30 AM
    $26 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

An umbrella/rain coat during the monsoon.

Wear a comfortable pair of walking shoes.