Ganga Aarti
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  • Tanja
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mesmerizing experience
    I gladly experienced both, a morning and evening Ganga Aarti during my visit to Varanasi. This holy ritual is absolutely wonderful and moving to experience (also with a non-Hindu background). I highly recommend every visitor to this holy city to witness a Ganga Aarti.
    Visited October 2022
    Written 23 May 2023
  • Raman G
    Noida, India534 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit ( can ignore few negatives )
    Visited this month on Aug 18. The Ganges was in full flow. The waters had flooded the ghat steps. The boat rides were not taking place. At Dashashwamedh ghat the night Aarti took place on the roof of a building alongside the ghat. It was still worth the visit and view. A large crowd looking up towards the roof. Quite an attractive ambience. We stood on the ghat steps. Walking to this ghat through the main bazaar was a charmful experience in itself. A big crowd. Jostling with each other. Bright lights put up on the street and well lit shops on the side. But some 2 wheelers on this street did disturb you. On way back after Aarti, we had the famous 'tamatar chat ' at Kashi Chat shop and then a BANARSI PAN at 'Gama pan wala'. This pan wala shop is at the same place and shop for 3 generations. It is the 3rd generation making the Pan for you. The proprietor informed that he is grooming the next generation also. Enjoyed the evening. The taxi was parked at a distance of about 1 km. ALSO must visit is the morning sunrise Aarti at Assi ghat. We saw this at 5am. Driving to the ghat early morning is yet another look at Varanasi. The streets are empty and you have another perspective of Varanasi. At this ghat the crowds are less and you can get a good view seat on the steps. The Aarti ritual is similar to Dashashwamedh ghat. After that you get to see and savour the grand morning sunrise over the Ganga. A memorable visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 August 2023
  • deepak bharali
    Guwahati, India19 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see event in Varanasi. Don't miss.
    A must see event at Varanasi. It's free , no ticket. Crowd gathers and occupies seat from around 5 pm. The Aarti starts at around 6.30 PM. Very spiritual and mesmerising event with lots of participation from crowd in Bhajans / prayers. Apart from our own country crowd, there were lots of international tourist / photographers. Being a flagship / showcased event of Varanasi, hoped the event could be little more systematic / better lighting arrangement on the people who do the Aarti. ( from photographer's point of view as well as general opinion). Over all a good experience. Don't miss.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 October 2023
  • Andrea438
    Milan, Italy527 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Evening Hindu ritual on Gange river.
    If you have chosen a hotel overlooking the Gaths, with a suggestive evening walk along the Ghats you will arrive at the place where this Hindu ritual takes place, composed of various offerings by the officiants dedicated to one or more deities. Go in time to occupy a seat in the area overlooking the sacred area or on one of the terraces of the adjacent buildings, for a payment of one hundred rupees. Also recommended solution to have a better field of vision.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 November 2023
  • live4j0y
    Pune, India104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do activity in Varanasi
    Primarily done at Dashwamedh Ghat by around 6 -7 pm depending on sunset. Ensure you're at the ghat atleast 1.5 to 2 hours early for front row seats. It gets crowded by the end. The crowd is well managed. Once the aarti begins you're immersed in spiritual atmosphere. It is a must to experince the tarnce of spirituality
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 March 2024
  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,641 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyed my First Ganga Aarti
    I enjoyed my first Ganga Aarti at the Dasaswamedh Ghat where we watched 6 priests chanted/sang and offered varirous staffs to the Goddess: flowers, oil, water, fire, etc. I was mesmerized by this ceremony as well as those in attendance with me. No fee to attend, donations are welcome.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 March 2024
  • Geeshan
    United Kingdom204 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply stunning!
    The Ganga arti is a must di when in the mesmerising city of Varanasi... we did a boat and just for a couple private ride costs 1000inr and we could go in a group ride as well. If in a boat ride its advisable to grab a spot well ahead of time. say at least an hour earlier to the arti time is 6.30pm to 7.30pm and this arti happens in various ghats at the same. time but yes the key place is so crowded and vibrant! My suggestion would. be the best experience would be to go and sit on the steps ahead of time at a good spot to just sink into this beautiful experience!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 March 2024
  • Kapil Sood
    Bengaluru, India414 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do in Varanasi
    An incredible experience participating in this Aarti at Dashashwamedh ghat near Kashi Vishwanath temple. The whole environment is so electric that you need to be here to experience it, any amount of explaining is not going to do any justice to it. Be mentally prepared to see lakhs of people all over to witness this. Check the timings as they do it soon after it gets dark in the evening. Few tips: 1. Do not take elderly with walking disability and also small kids, the place is really crowded. 2. Take public transport (taxi, auto, e-rickshaw) to reach here. You won't find car parking anywhere closeby. 3. Watching the Aarti from the Cruise boat is the best idea. Read my review of Alaknanda Cruise for more details on this. 4. Wear comfortable footwear, ready to walk on uneven surface as well. Also, wear modest clothes, people from all over the world and all economic strata are going to be here.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 May 2024
  • AmulAwasthy
    Pune, India4,117 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Memorable.. For a Life time
    Every Evening there is Ganga Aarti is performed on the Ghat by Ganga Seva Nidhi Samiti. People used to gather on the ghats at least two hours before the aarti starts for better viewing experience.Aarti is some where 45 Min Long and is a treat to watch. Ensure you have grabbed a seat before it gets too crowded. If you are there for more than a day than give it a try every evening from different location if possible you wont regret it,
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 May 2024
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AmulAwasthy
Pune, India4,117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Every Evening there is Ganga Aarti is performed on the Ghat by Ganga Seva Nidhi Samiti.
People used to gather on the ghats at least two hours before the aarti starts for better viewing experience.Aarti is some where 45 Min Long and is a treat to watch. Ensure you have grabbed a seat before it gets too crowded.

If you are there for more than a day than give it a try every evening from different location if possible you wont regret it,
Written 19 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Kapil Sood
Bengaluru, India414 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
An incredible experience participating in this Aarti at Dashashwamedh ghat near Kashi Vishwanath temple. The whole environment is so electric that you need to be here to experience it, any amount of explaining is not going to do any justice to it. Be mentally prepared to see lakhs of people all over to witness this. Check the timings as they do it soon after it gets dark in the evening.

Few tips:
1. Do not take elderly with walking disability and also small kids, the place is really crowded.
2. Take public transport (taxi, auto, e-rickshaw) to reach here. You won't find car parking anywhere closeby.
3. Watching the Aarti from the Cruise boat is the best idea. Read my review of Alaknanda Cruise for more details on this.
4. Wear comfortable footwear, ready to walk on uneven surface as well. Also, wear modest clothes, people from all over the world and all economic strata are going to be here.
Written 8 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Vinith Vijayan
Thane, India80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
There are two options to participate in this Aarti. Either from the Ghat itself or take a boat. We chose the boat as then you can see from the front
Written 25 March 2024
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Geeshan
United Kingdom204 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The Ganga arti is a must di when in the mesmerising city of Varanasi... we did a boat and just for a couple private ride costs 1000inr and we could go in a group ride as well.
If in a boat ride its advisable to grab a spot well ahead of time. say at least an hour earlier to the arti time is 6.30pm to 7.30pm and this arti happens in various ghats at the same. time but yes the key place is so crowded and vibrant!

My suggestion would. be the best experience would be to go and sit on the steps ahead of time at a good spot to just sink into this beautiful experience!

Written 20 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,641 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I enjoyed my first Ganga Aarti at the Dasaswamedh Ghat where we watched 6 priests chanted/sang and offered varirous staffs to the Goddess: flowers, oil, water, fire, etc. I was mesmerized by this ceremony as well as those in attendance with me.

No fee to attend, donations are welcome.
Written 19 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

live4j0y
Pune, India104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Primarily done at Dashwamedh Ghat by around 6 -7 pm depending on sunset. Ensure you're at the ghat atleast 1.5 to 2 hours early for front row seats. It gets crowded by the end. The crowd is well managed. Once the aarti begins you're immersed in spiritual atmosphere. It is a must to experince the tarnce of spirituality
Written 5 March 2024
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lagnam123
Redmond, WA43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
The ganga aarti was a great show but still following the traditional religious practices. If you go early you can get a seat pretty close
Written 22 February 2024
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Andrea438
Milan, Italy527 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
If you have chosen a hotel overlooking the Gaths, with a suggestive evening walk along the Ghats you will arrive at the place where this Hindu ritual takes place, composed of various offerings by the officiants dedicated to one or more deities. Go in time to occupy a seat in the area overlooking the sacred area or on one of the terraces of the adjacent buildings, for a payment of one hundred rupees. Also recommended solution to have a better field of vision.
Written 18 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Vijaylakshmi Sewnarain
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
A soul stirring experience. Preferred sitting on steps, closer , rather than from boat. Spiritually uplifting. The pundits perform arti like a choroegraphe'd dance, a sight to behold
Written 7 November 2023
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deepak bharali
Guwahati, India19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
A must see event at Varanasi. It's free , no ticket. Crowd gathers and occupies seat from around 5 pm. The Aarti starts at around 6.30 PM.
Very spiritual and mesmerising event with lots of participation from crowd in Bhajans / prayers. Apart from our own country crowd, there were lots of international tourist / photographers. Being a flagship / showcased event of Varanasi, hoped the event could be little more systematic / better lighting arrangement on the people who do the Aarti. ( from photographer's point of view as well as general opinion).
Over all a good experience. Don't miss.
Written 22 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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