The best part of enjoying River Ganges is taking up a boat ride on the river. River Ganges run through the city and there are numerous ghats that connect the river to the land. In each ghat, you can find numerous boats waiting to be hired. Smaller ghats have lesser number of boats than popular ones.
Boat rides are available from very early morning until Ganges Aarti that takes place by sunset. The boat rides are costlier during the sunrise and sunset.
You can hire traditional rowing boat, which is controlled by a boatman. Up to six people can travel in one row boat. A person is charged around 200 INR for a trip that stretches for 90 to 120 minutes. Motorboat can carry more people. A motorboat costs 1500 INR per trip.
From July to August, the rainfall will be high and the current in the river will be stronger. It will take three boatmen to ride a traditional row boat and the fare will be higher.
"These are the three common boat rides available with almost all service providers. Many providers have personalized tour packages with different routes, time frame and cost".
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 us
Start Place: Dasashwamedh Ghat, by the Ganga Seva Nidhi office
End Place: Phool Mandi
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 Our 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, personalised walk, all taxes"