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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"

    Tips before you board a boat

    • If you are choosing a rowboat, do not opt for boats that have more than 6 members.
    • Rowboats are considered environmentally green than motor boats. Choice is yours.
    • Carry mosquito repellent cream if you are choosing evening rides.
    • Sweater or jacket is essential for early morning and evening rides.
    • You might spot cremation grounds during your trip. It is very common in this city.
    • Foreigners and tourists from other cities are usually charged higher than the locals are. Haggle before you agree.
    • July to September is the monsoon period. If Varanasi receives heavy rainfall, the boating might be prohibited for a few weeks or months.

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