Boat Ride in Varanasi
The River Ganga is as important to people of Varanasi and Hindus living all over the world as the blood
in the human body. The river is believed to have quality of washing off ones sin and providing them
liberation just by taking a bath in it. Hindus from all over the world come to holy city Varanasi to take a holy dip in the river.
Hindus believe that they have three mothers :
i Mother who has given them birth.
ii. Mother India and
iii. Mother Ganga.
Watching people coming down the river in early morning, taking bath in the Mother Ganges and
performing rituals is always a unique experience. Heritage Walk in Varanasi, a unit of Holy Voyages,
organizes different boat rides to different places depending on our client’s request. The most popular
Holy Voyages- Boat rides are as follows:
- Personal Expenditure like tip, Pooja, donations etc
- Drop/Pick-up facility up to Starting/End Point << Click here for transportation rate >>
Subah-e-Banaras means the mornings of Banaras. Day of the Varanasi’s
people living near River Ganga start with holy dip in Rriver Ganga with morning “Surya Namaskar”-
Worship to God Sun.In morning, the old buildings, ashrams and places along the river side look as
colorful as rainbow when the sun light hits them. People talking bath, performing rituals, worshiping to
the Sun, washing clothes… it all happens in the Subah-e-Banaras. We start the boat ride from Assi Ghat
(the southern ghat) and go all the way to Manikarnika Ghat (the biggest cremation ground of Banaras)
and then end the tour back at Assi Ghat.
Best time to start the boat ride depends on the season. 5.15 am is the best time for summers
and 6 am for winters.
Evening Ganga Aarti:
One of the five rituals performed regularly for the worship of Holy River
Ganga, Evening Aarti being the final ritual of the day when thousands of locals and pilgrims gather
together to offer their prayers to the Mother Ganges. Evening Ganga Arti is a Hindu religious ritual of
worship or we can say a form of puja, in which light from wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) or
camphor is offered to one or more deities.
We will enjoy the Aarti from boat, so that we can have good visual of the rituals being performed. Even
we can seer few more adjacent Ghats where Pooja is happening.
Best time to start the boat ride depends on the season as the time of evening time ceremony
also changes. 6.30 pm is the best time for summers and 5.15 pm for winters
Kashi Darshan on boat:
Kashi, the oldest name of Banaras or Varanasi. Kashi is the word used in Vedas
and other old sacred Hindu texts. Kashi was founded near to Adi Keshav Ghat (the northern end of the
city) around 5000 years ago. The southern end of the old Kashi is believed to be Assi Ghat which is
around 400 years old. This boat ride will take you to a journey of Kashi dating back from the 20th
century to 3000 BCE. Each Ghats between Adi Keshav Ghat and Assi Ghat has his own importance. You
will see many small fort like houses which were built by old kings as they came here to die in order to
Best time to start the boat ride depends on the season. 5 am is the best time for summers and 6
am for winters. The same boat ride could be organized in the evenings as well starting at 5.30 pm
during the summers and 4 pm during the winters.
Ram Nagar Fort via Boat Ride:
The palace of King of Banaras is situated at other side of the river. The
palace is still the residence of the royal family of Varanasi. Ramnagar is famous as the birthplace of Mr.
Lal Bahadur Shastri, the second prime minister of India. The Ramlila (a yearly dramatic folk re-enactment
of the life of Lord Ram) organized in Ramnagar is a world famous event for its unique and traditional
concept and style. This boat ride consist a tour of the palace, a little walk around the fort area in the
market and a 200 years old Durga temple which is 10 minutes rickshaw ride from the palace.
This is quite adventurous boat ride takes about 4 to 5 hours from both side and about 2-3 hrs if taken for
only one side.
Best time to start the boat during summers is 8 am and anytime between 8.30 am and 3 pm
during winters. A visit to the fort and RamNagar area could also be organized by a taxi to avoid
the heat during summers. Please ask us for more information. Entrance Cost
- We use only hand rowed boats as we care for the environment and we never take more
than 6 people on one boat as it becomes very laborious job for the boat rower if there are more
than 6 people on one boat.
- Make sure to carry some mosquito cream, especially for the evening boat rides, as there could
be mosquitoes on the river and we will stop the boat at the main ghat for about 30 minutes to
watch the ceremony.