Ganges River
Ganges River
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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  • WalkingPoint
    Kumamoto, Japan396 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Why not
    It wasn't my intention to get a boat to cruise the ghats but the volume of hawkers and their persuasive battering wore me down. The boats are invariably old but sturdy with little to shelter you from s downpour - which it did. Prices, journey and duration depend on your haggling skills. Certainly a good way to move between the ghats. The river is immense!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 20 September 2023
  • BIGPYorkshire
    York, United Kingdom71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bucket list experience
    An awesome lifetime experience. We followed tourist info and got there for sunrise. The walking from parking areas to the river is an experience in itself. But when you reach the river, the music, chanting and sights was a cultural extravagance . We got a boat, to see the sunrise and see the rituals as you drift up and down the river. Sunrise was awesome. The pictures you take close to shore where the funeral pyres are something else, there were even stray dogs and cows amongst the activities. Once ashore against don’t try and take photos too near the funeral pyres. But Indian locals and tourist seem to delight in foreigners being there and wave to you as you are on the river and shore. There is also the new wider walkway from/to the river and the golden temple, which is also worth seeing. A bucket list experience.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 October 2023
  • shaarvi
    London, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such a serene experience
    Boating on Ganga is one of the must to do activities and another great experience. Morning boat ride is such a serene experience that one can't forget. Just go for it. As my guide had recommended it so much, we loved it.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 October 2023
  • Stephanie
    London, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    We did boating in the river and surprisingly the river was so good. Lots of people were bathing and we were told that mostly people and pilgrims do this out of religious emotions and it is believed that it washes your all the sins. Anyways, it was a great fun to do boating experience so many different activities.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 November 2023
  • Kristian W
    York, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Evening on the river Ganges
    we visited Varanisi with Intrepid Travel in January 2020. We took an evening boat trip along the Ganges to see the light festival and set lighted candles off to float into the darkness. We were lucky to get this chance before everywhere in the world shut down to keep C19 under control.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 November 2023
  • Bijit Purkayastha
    Kolkata (Calcutta), India13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Ganges and the ghats of Varanasi
    Awesome. Enjoy the ghats in the morning, evening and night. Soak in its offerings, engage in self reflection, simply laze around and see the world go by. Experience the unexpected, cultural kaleidoscope unfurl in front of your eyes. Accept all it has to offer and don't be judgemental.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 December 2023
  • Denise D
    Tampa, Florida290 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is the whole reason you visit Varanasi - go both evening and morning
    Our 2 boat rides on the Ganges River were extremely interesting. In the evening we boated up close the main cremation ground, and our guide explained to us everything that was going on. We then went back to the area where they were doing the Ganga Aarti. that was also amazing to see. Then the next morning we got up really early to go back and see the people bathing in the river. Our guide gave us a great explanation of what the river means to the Hindu people. Also walking through the old town to get to the river was an experience in itself, not to be missed.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 January 2024
  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,628 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Boat Rides here
    Located near my hotel, my guide and I walked towards on my first day in Varanasi. We took a boat ride, passing by several ghats along the way. Per my guide, there are 84 ghats or areas with steps going towards the Ganges River. Around 7:00 p.m. the 6 priests began the AArthi Ceremony. It was mesmerizing and captivatiing especially the chanting, background music and different things they offer to the Goddess. There were many boats in the Ganges River during my visit, very festive mood at this River!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 March 2024
  • AmulAwasthy
    Pune, India4,117 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do in Banaras
    Holy Bath in Banaras , Boat Ride and Ganga Aarti. This is in Everyone's to do list when they visit Banaras. Boat rides are good here, Negotiate hard for the same. Cost depends on the Crowd. e.g. Charges for seeing Ganga aarti only from Boat is between 100-200 PP. If you wish to take the bath and have some spare time try the Opposite shore water is much clean there with less crowd. Crusie is also a good option but a advance booking is recommended.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 April 2024
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Wander19777324188
Itarsi, India11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The Ganges River an excellent place to visit. We had a holy bath in river ganga and it was very spiritual. we felt very blessed and this what we were for, we also had a boat ride which was a pleasant experience
Written 21 June 2024
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Eliyasingan S
Singapore, Singapore967 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
India is changing says the Ganges. The passage of time enhances her greatness. In a land where ignorance backwardness and mental immaturity is high and political exploitation is high she smiles and moves on The Ganges is about 2500 miles long .I’ll just give photos around Varanasi and that shall tell a story
Written 5 May 2024
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AmulAwasthy
Pune, India4,117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Holy Bath in Banaras , Boat Ride and Ganga Aarti. This is in Everyone's to do list when they visit Banaras.

Boat rides are good here, Negotiate hard for the same. Cost depends on the Crowd.

e.g. Charges for seeing Ganga aarti only from Boat is between 100-200 PP.

If you wish to take the bath and have some spare time try the Opposite shore water is much clean there with less crowd.

Crusie is also a good option but a advance booking is recommended.
Written 22 April 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, DC6,628 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Located near my hotel, my guide and I walked towards on my first day in Varanasi. We took a boat ride, passing by several ghats along the way. Per my guide, there are 84 ghats or areas with steps going towards the Ganges River. Around 7:00 p.m. the 6 priests began the AArthi Ceremony. It was mesmerizing and captivatiing especially the chanting, background music and different things they offer to the Goddess.

There were many boats in the Ganges River during my visit, very festive mood at this River!
Written 19 March 2024
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Ram Gautam
Kathmandu, Nepal972 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
The evening arati and the early morning boat ride were amazing. We took a boat, and the boatmen started the price from 5000 INR per boat but at last, made a deal for 3000 per boat later we found out 3000 for a small boat was an expensive deal. Anyway, we had no choice as there were no ticket counters for the boat we had to bargain no other choice. The sunrise view was not visible due to the thick fog/haze.
We took a boat for 3000 and in 5 minutes or so, the fuel got finished in the middle and near collision with another boat, and had to wait for another 10-15 minutes (shouldn't they check the boat before seeking customers) till the boatmen came with the fuel for refilling. Overall it was not as good an experience as expected
Written 2 February 2024
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Denise D
Tampa, FL290 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Our 2 boat rides on the Ganges River were extremely interesting. In the evening we boated up close the main cremation ground, and our guide explained to us everything that was going on. We then went back to the area where they were doing the Ganga Aarti. that was also amazing to see. Then the next morning we got up really early to go back and see the people bathing in the river. Our guide gave us a great explanation of what the river means to the Hindu people. Also walking through the old town to get to the river was an experience in itself, not to be missed.
Written 31 January 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.

Bijit Purkayastha
Kolkata (Calcutta), India13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Awesome. Enjoy the ghats in the morning, evening and night. Soak in its offerings, engage in self reflection, simply laze around and see the world go by. Experience the unexpected, cultural kaleidoscope unfurl in front of your eyes. Accept all it has to offer and don't be judgemental.
Written 1 December 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.

Kristian W
York, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
we visited Varanisi with Intrepid Travel in January 2020. We took an evening boat trip along the Ganges to see the light festival and set lighted candles off to float into the darkness. We were lucky to get this chance before everywhere in the world shut down to keep C19 under control.
Written 14 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.

Stephanie
London, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
We did boating in the river and surprisingly the river was so good. Lots of people were bathing and we were told that mostly people and pilgrims do this out of religious emotions and it is believed that it washes your all the sins. Anyways, it was a great fun to do boating experience so many different activities.
Written 8 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.

shaarvi
London, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Boating on Ganga is one of the must to do activities and another great experience. Morning boat ride is such a serene experience that one can't forget. Just go for it. As my guide had recommended it so much, we loved it.
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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