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A trip to Varanasi renders incomplete without enjoying the river tour of Ganges. The numerous ghats along the bank of the Ganges present varied scenes from dawn to dusk within the city. A ghat in Varanasi usually has small temples with the larger structures, housing the powerful Hindu deities in the backdrop of the tranquil beauty of the meandering river. These numerous ghats with their entourage of temples form a memorable river tour in Varanasi. The best time to opt for a river tour to visit the ghats in Varanasi is at the break of the dawn. This river tour allows you to see the reflection and hues of dawn in the waters of Ganges. The river tour is conducted for tourists as well as for the offering of religious rituals by the travelers. The tourists can also perform Surya Namaskar to kneel down before the Sun God - the source of energy and life.
Picturesquely situated on the semi-circular left side bank of the holy Ganges, Varanasi is one of the ancient seats of learning in India. Varanasi is probably one of the most ancient living cities in India. Its name is said to be derived from the names of two streams - the Varuna and the Assi - which still flow in the north and south of the city. This name was corrupted, in medieval times to Banaras, which was again changed to Varanasi, by an order of the Government of India. From time immemorial, it has been a great religious centre for Hindus. It is also one of the most sacred places of Hindu pilgrimage, being visited by millions of people every year.
Also known as Kashi and Banaras; this is the oldest living city in the world. Varanasi on the bank of river Ganges has numerous Ghats (banks) on which several auspicious ceremonies, rituals take place and also the people offer special pujas (prayers) paying homage to their ancestors. The place is home to some of the most ancient and revered monasteries in the world. The scholars still reside here to learn the ancient knowledge of the Vedas and debate on the existence and form of God. Hindus believe that by being cremated at Mani-Karnika Ghat at Varanasi, they will immediately attain salvation from the continuous cycle of life and death. Apart from its religious significance, it is also world famous for its silks - in particular, its silk brocades and Banarasi saris. The presence of the sacred river Ganges makes it an ideal river destination for the river tours in India.