Boat Ride and Old City Walk

Boat Ride and Old City Walk starts with a 45-minute boat ride starting from Dasashwamedh Ghat to Manikarnika Ghat. During the ride, the guide introduces you to the history of Varanasi, the morning rituals in the city and the special features of the various Ghats that are passed along the way.

You will alight from the boat at Manikarnika, the burning Ghat where the dead are cremated. You will be shown the various activities and professions related to the religious death ceremonies. You will also stop by Manikarnika Kund, a small sacred water-tank.

From Manikarnika, you will walk through narrow lanes, into the very heart of the city, towards Varanasi’s most famous pilgrimage site, the Kashi Vishwanath Temple (Golden Temple). The lanes on the way are dotted with small shrines, residences, tea-shops and lodgings for pilgrims. If interested, you can stop at the Satua Baba Ashram, where the scriptures are taught in Sanskrit to young men.

After a 45-minute walk, you will arrive at the Golden Temple. You will visit both Kashi Vishwanath Temple as well as the Annapurna Temple. From here, a 10-minute walk will take you out through a larger lane, towards the colourful Phool Mandi (Flower Market). The walk ends at the Flower Market. From Flower Market you can get a rickshaw (or your car) to you hotel.

Total duration: 3 to 3.5 hours

When: All days of the week, starting at dawn. Start time varies depending on weather, so check with tour operator

Start Place: Dasashwamedh Ghat, by the Ganga Seva Nidhi office

End Place: Phool Mandi (Flower Market)

Cost

  • Rs 2000 per person for 2 persons

  • Rs 1500 per person for 3-4 persons

  • Rs 1000 per person for 5-6 persons

  • Rs 800 per person for 7-8 persons

            Maximum group size is usually not more than 6-8 people. Payment is by cash on the day of the tour.

Includes: Knowledgeable English-speaking guide, boat ride, illustrated handouts and personalized walk. If you need pickup/drop from your hotel by car then Rs 1000 more has to be paid.

Tour Notes

Security around the Temple is very tight, and you need to leave cameras, mobile phones, and even pens outside if you wish to enter the complex. Since there is no locker facility available at the Temple so your belongings has to be kept by reliable local shop-keeper who usually holds items in their safe-keeping. Please note, you can take money purses into the Temple. Foreigners are required to bring a passport as ID proof. Footwear is not allowed inside the Temple, however socks are acceptable. If you are not particularly interested in visiting Temples, you can get a glimpse (darshan) of the Temple through the live CCTV Camera which is visible on the street. There are no toilets available anywhere in the vicinity of the walk.

Contact Details of Tour Operators

Name                                                                                                              Telephone Number

Varuna Travels,Pandey Haveli                                                                    91 (0542) 2393371, 2393372

Ashok Tour & Travels, ITDC Indian Airlines Building, Cantoment    91 (0542) 2503432, 2502548

Surabhi Travel, Cooperative building, Nadesar                                       91 (0542) 2502664, 2507819

TSI , Sri Das Foundation, Cantt, Varanasi                                                91 (0542) 2505928, 2500289

Travel Assistant, Varuna Bridge                                                                  91 (0542) 2502954

Abhiyan Tour & Travel, Mint House, Nadesar                                         91 (0542) 2311596

Cosmic Travel , Varuna Bridge                                                                    91 (0542) 2502246, 2504526

Morning Tours and Evening Tours are Organized from the Tourist Bungalow (Parade Kothi- Opposite Railway Station) and the Govt. of India Tourist Office, Cantonment.