Experience Varanasi Tour: 1 day Private Guided Tour

14 hours
Pick-up offered
Free cancellation
2 - 4
Mobile ticket


This tour is recommended for Guest having only one day for sightseeing in Varanasi. This tour gives you the best of Varanasi in a day. 
*Meeting at pre-decided place in Varanasi.
* Start with the morning (rowing) boat ride. Witness how people take a dip early in the morning to wash away their sins, perform the rituals and worship the rising Sun. 
* Short break for breakfast and freshen-up.
* After breakfast drive to Sarnath which is around 10 Km from Varanasi. Sarnath is a holy spot of Buddhism, as Buddha preached here his     First Sermon here. Visit the main temple, excavated ruins and the Archaeological Museum (Museum remains closed on Friday).
*Lunch break.
* Go for a walking tour in the residential parts of the old city which helps you to acclimatize with the local culture.
* Finally go for the evening (rowing) boat ride, watch the cremation and attend the Ganga Aarti ceremony.


  • Bottled water
  • Professional guide including recommendations for eating, drinking, museums, attractions, festivals and more!
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Two private boat rides
  • Entry/Admission - Experience Varanasi - Private Guided Tours

What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Experience Varanasi - Private Guided Tours, Varanasi 221005 India

05:30am-08:00am Morning boat ride. Visit the river at sunrise, when its banks are alive with the multitude of worshipers who come to immerse themselves honouring life’s milestones as they face the rising run.

08:00am-10:00am Breakfast.

10:00am-01:00pm. Drive to Sarnath where Lord Buddha preached his First Sermon. Visit the main temple & see the fresco work, excavated ruins & museum (The museum closed on Friday).

01:00-03:30pm Lunch.

03:30-05:00pm Walking Tour: This is a rich cultural walk which takes you through the heart of the residential areas in the old city where the Bengali community lives. It gives you an opportunity to acclimatize with the culture and understand how people live here for thousands of year.

05:00pm-07:00pm Evening boat ride: Take a boat on what is referred to as the `River of Heaven’ immersing in daily ritual, rich with the chanting of priests, sound of temple bells and  fragrance of flowers and incense. Aarti. Watch the cremations and Ganga Aarti ceremony.

Duration: 14 hours

Additional information

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
April 2022

An exceptionally well curated experience indeed ! It was amazing how Kunal Rakshit knew exactly what to include in the tour. Varanasi is an overwhelming place to start with, but he made it so simple & effortless. Even our discussions with Kunal about the city highlighted so many perspectives on h...

December 2020

Everything was great! Is my second time in varanasi and I was very happy my family could experience the same as I did

October 2023

EXTRAORDINARY experience with Kunal, and this tour was the highlight of my 2-week Indian trip. Kunal is local to Vanarans; it is safe to say he knows every corner of the region. He is highly knowledgeable, and his storytelling skills make everything magical. He is flexible, pays attention to deta...

October 2023

What an incredible way to learn about and experience Varanasi, in the safe, kind and funny hands of Kunal. The absolute highlight of our trip to India thus far, I couldn’t recommend booking a tour with him more!!! Such an amazing set of authentic and thoughtfully curated experiences. Memories we’...

August 2023

This is my 4th time going on a tour with Kunal and he was excellent as always. He is very knowledgeable and caters the experience specifically to your interests and requests. I learn new things each time and love being shown the city by a someone that knows and loves his city so much! Highly rec...

December 2022

My son and I travelled to Varanasi with high hopes for the Holy City. From the moment we met Kunal we began to understand why this city is so special. As well as being one of the most informative and well researched guides I have met, his in-depth knowledge as a local who has lived in Varanasi ...

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