"Dawn boat trip" Varanasi Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld

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I booked a boat trip at sunrise on the Ganges from my hotel for Rs150 which included transportation to/from the hotel (Surya), the boat trip itself and a guide who took us to a couple of temples such as the New Vishwanath Temple. We were first taken from our hotel through the maze of small streets that were deadly quiet at 6am to the ghats along the Ganges. Our driver told us that many people get up at 4.30am in order to bathe at daybreak and then go back home to do other things before having breakfast at 9am. We met up with our guide who took us down to out boat at the Kedar Ghat where our rower/guide met us. There were loads of other tourist around in similar boats taking pictures of men bathing. We made our way along the river as the sun was coming up and it was one of the most memorable and unique experiences on my India trip. We passed by different ghat with temples and palaces built on them. We finished at the burning Manikarnika Ghat which is where they cremate the dead in full public view. Our rower rowed us back to the Kedra Ghat and along the way back we saw Dhobi Wallahs (washermen) washing clothes in the river. The whole boat tour lasted about an hour or so and is a most do thing when you're here.

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  • Written Jul 4, 2007
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