Varanasi or Benares (aka Kashi) is one of the oldest city in Uttar Pradesh, India on the banks of the Holy River Ganges or Ganga. Two most important attractions of Varanasi every tourist should do is Boat Ride along the Ganga and the Ganga Arti.
The early morning time (before sunrise) is perfect for Boat Ride and the most popular place to hire a boat is at Dashashvamedh Ghat. I recommend you to seal the deal with the boat guy in the noon or evening. At the ghat, you’ll see different types of boat and I’ll recommend you to choose manually oared personal boat. The manual oared boat is slowly moving on the water and also it’s eco-friendly. You’ll get enough time to enjoy the beauty of Ganga. Don’t worry about the price of Boat ride, it’s highly negotiable.
The best time to take the boat ride is before sunrise. This is a time when you’ll see the full beauty of Varanashi Ghats. The Orange color from Sun will brighten both River and Ghats. And also various activities performed at the Ghats at this hour will freshen your mind.
The boat will first take you to the opposite side of the River where you can dive in the Ganga river where the depth of the river is not much and even children can take the bath in the river. After the bath, the boat will take you the Assi Ghat where River Assi meets the Ganges and then to all the way to Manikarnika Ghat, the ghat known for the Cremation of dead body.
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