Tours by the Ganges
The Ganges is India’s largest river, flowing from the icy peaks of the Himalayas for 2,525 kilometres across the top. The river is a lifeline to millions of Indians, both practically and spiritually; devout Hindus bathe in its holy waters, paying homage and spiritually cleansing themselves.
Things to do in River Ganges
1See the Ganges by boat and in turn witness the many sides of India
2Discover the city of Verensai, bursting with chaos and colour
3See the ages old rituals and practices of the local people
4Engage in local activities such as yoga with the river as your backdrop
5Raw and visceral, this place doesn’t do things by halves
Tours that include Ganges
There are many opportunities for adventure down the course of the river. You can have the exhilarating experience of whitewater rafting at the foothills of the Himalayas. Or, calmer boat tours allow a glimpse at Indian life along the river. Take a sunrise or sunset tour for something extra special. You can go dolphin watching and see the marine wildlife, camp out on the shores, or witness burial ceremonies at the ghats of Varanasi.
Varanasi is a holy city on the banks of the Ganges. The tall, ancient buildings rise up from the water; make sure to see the centuries old temples, like the Bharat Mata Temple and the monkey temple of Durga. Visit the birthplace of Buddhism and the site of the Buddha’s first sermon. Rishikesh, another city on the shores of the Ganges, is the hatha yoga capital of India. It has multiple ashrams along the banks, so you can practice in sight of the holy river with the misty jungle behind.