Walk through the Riverfront Ghats

Varanasi

The waterfront at Varansi, from Asi Ghat to Dashashwamedh Ghat constitutes one half of the famous Panchatirthi pilgrimage, the visit to the five sacred fords. This walk is ideal for people watching; understanding the nuances of Hinduism and observing pilgrims participate in the prayers and ritual baths that are a part of the Panchatirthi.

Pricing:  $ 22 per person for minimum 2 participants.

Walking Tours
History and Culture

The waterfront at Varansi, from Asi Ghat to Dashashwamedh Ghat constitutes one half of the famous Panchatirthi pilgrimage, the visit to the five sacred fords. This walk is ideal for people watching; understanding the nuances of Hinduism and observing pilgrims participate in the prayers and ritual baths that are a part of the Panchatirthi.

On This Tour:
• Walk downriver from Asi Ghat, Varanasi’s southern end where the Asi river meets the Ganges and watch pilgrims bathe in the ghats to start their Panchatirthi pilgrimage and pray to an open-air linga, the representation of the God Shiva.
• Pass the Tulsi Ghat (named after a great poet-saint), and see the offices of the non-profit Sankat Mochan, who have been working on efforts to clean the Ganges.
• Pass the ashram of Anandamayi Ma and the 17th century palace of Maharaja Chet Singh.
• Visit Hanuman Ghat, home to a substantial South Indian community, where you observe them offering morning prayers.
• Learn the ancient stories of the Hanuman (Monkey God) Temple and the temple of Ruru (The Dog) Bhairava at this Ghat as you visit these temples.
• Visit Harishchandra Ghat, one of Varanasi’s two burning ghats. Believed to be the oldest, surpassing Manikarnika in its sanctity, one can see the performances of rituals for the dead here.
• At the busy Kedara Ghat, view the sacred Kedara Khanda of the city.
• At Chauki Ghat, climb atop the steps to see a huge tree with shrines to Nagas – the serpent deities.
• Pass Bengal Tola, where dhobis (washermen) wash and lay out clothes. There are more ghats here, each named for specific deities, whose legends you can learn.
• Visit the temple of the popular goddess Shitala Devi, who cures ailments and pox.

Duration: 2-3 hours

TOUR STYLE: Culture and Religious

MEETING POINT: Asi Ghat (We will email you a map and directions)

END POINT: Shitala Devi Temple Dasashwamedh Ghat

TOUR START/END: Our guide can fix a taxi for you to get back to the hotel or we can also arrange for your pickup and drop from/to your hotel with an extra cost. Please write to us for cost.

TOUR DURATION: 2 – 3 hours.

GROUP SIZE: Maximum 6 people and Minimum 2 People.

PRICING: As mentioned above, all our tours are private.

INCLUSIONS: Local English speaking guide, entrance fees and transport as indicated.

EXCLUSIONS: Items of a personal nature, tips / gratuities for guide & driver.

WHEN: Every day at 9AM. Prior reservation required. Timings may vary slightly depending on weather / season. We will confirm the exact start time along with tour logistics once you book the tour.

WHAT TO WEAR: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress modestly during the Tour.

TOUR NOTES: Please note, the food on the street is delicious but does not meet national or international hygiene standards. Although we only go to very popular places, with good local reputations, these stalls do not cook using bottled water or wash their utensils with it. So eating street food is always risky. If you prefer not to risk it, but still want to see what it’s all about, then at the end of the walk, we can take you to Haldirams where you can try chaats and other popular dishes in safe and hygienic conditions.

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