Varanasi Boat Ride

Morning boat ride in Varanasi

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.

Best Time to Visit ?

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.

Types of Boats

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.

Type of Boats Rides

  • Ride during Ganga Aarti is the most famous one of all.
  • Boat ride along Kashi is another attraction. Kashi is located near Adi Keshav Ghat. It takes four hours to complete one ride.
  • Ride to the palace on Banaras is an important tourist attraction. This includes a walking tour along the market and palace sightseeing. You can find many attractions on the path.

"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".

Duration, Cost and other information:

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"

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