Ganges Boat Ride

Ganges Boat Ride

Varanasi is India’s spiritual city, and it is along the holy river Ganges, mother Ganga, that most of the action takes place. Taking to the waters at dawn you will experience a unique sight – as the sun rises, the Hindu locals and pilgrims come together on the ghats to pray, perform rituals and a wash away their sins in the river before going about their days. It is also a great way to appreciate Varanasi’s colourful architecture – the palaces and ashrams rising up behind the ghats are a wonderful sight and a glimpse at the city’s long history. Seeing and experiencing this morning rite and the beauty of the city is one of Varanasi’s must-do activities.

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Facts About The River Ganges

Hindus believe that dying in Varanasi and being cremated on the ghats of the Ganges is to attain ‘moksha’, an escape from the cycle of reincarnation and freedom for the soul

In the rainy season, an unusual ritual is carried out on Ashwanedh Ghat – frog weddings. A priest performs the marriage before the frogs are left to the river

The Ganges is 1,569 miles long, from its source in the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal

The Ganges has the highest population of any river basin in the world – over 400 million people live within it

As well as Varanasi, a number of holy cities sit on the Ganges banks, including Rishikesh, Haridwar and Kolkata

The Kumbh Mela ritual, performed every 3 years and dating back to the 7th century, has become one of the largest human gatherings in history, involving 70 to 100 million people

A common saying in India is; ‘If Ganges thrives, India thrives and if Ganges dies, India dies’.

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