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Evening Walk & Boat Ride with Aarti

culture walk

Evening Walk & Boat Ride with Aarti

6 reviews
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Drinks, Transportation
Hosted in
English
culture walk

Evening Walk & Boat Ride with Aarti

culture walk

Evening Walk & Boat Ride with Aarti

6 reviews
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Drinks, Transportation
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

We go for a evening boat ride by the sunset and witness the activities by the river side in the evening, watch the cremation at Manikarnika Ghat from the boat. Learn about the cremation. Finally stop at Dasaswamedh Ghat to enjoy the Ganga Aarti ceremony from your private boat. At dusk, we take a local boat on what is referred to as the `River of Heaven’ immersing in daily ritual, rich with the chanting of priests, sound of temple bells and fragrance of flowers and incense. We see brahmins along the banks invoking Lord Shiva, most powerful in the Hindu trinity, with a ceremonial ritual known as Aarti. Aarti is a Sanskrit word for homage or devotion. The aarti or offering of lamps is observed at prescribed hours of the day and night to invoke the gods. It is believed that the gods physically present themselves before devotees at this ceremony. Lamps are revolved before the idol in a clockwise manner along with the chanting of hymns. This recitation is accompanied by drums, blowing of the conch-shell and the tolling of temple bells. At the end of the `aarti’, the priest takes a handful of water which he revolves around the god's idol. This is to pacify `agni’ (the fire god), who is pressed into service in the form of a wick lamp. The lamps themselves are charged with this "presence" and thus after the ceremony devotees collect the fumes and smear their faces with its aroma.

Your host

Learn more about Kunal

Kunal

I am a trained and licensed 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. I left my progressing banking career when I found my true calling which is story telling and since last 9 years I am working as a tour guide. 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 Uttar Pradesh Tourism department-2012. *Vocational Training for Tour Guides by Government of India-2010. My co-host are licensed Tour Guides from the Ministry of Tourism-Government of India. Co-host 1 is is Satish. He knows the city inside out. Co-host 2 is Shashank, most learned in Hindu religion and Varanasi’s culture. Co-host 3 is Rupak, a Tour Leader.

What's included

Drinks
One bottle of mineral water (500ml) per person.
Transportation
The Guest will go for a boat ride (hand rowing boat) on the Ganges in the evening (The Guest and the Tour Guide will be…

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Where you'll be

Dashashwamedh Ghat, Rajendra Prasad Ghat, Man Mandir Ghat, Meer Ghat, Lalita Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Godowlia market.

Availability

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

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

Communication policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

More tips

We will walk for approximately 200 meteres through lanes and bazaars to reach the river. We will have to walk down approximately 80 steps to reach to the boat and do the same at the end of the experience. Wheel chairs can be arranged on a prior notice. Please drop us a message while booking. Thanks

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Evening Walk & Boat Ride with Aarti
6 reviews
From $29/person
6 reviews
From $29/person