Varanasi River Cruise Vacation Package

7 Nights & 8 Days
Uttar Pradesh . Varanasi, Ghazipur, Buxar, Patna Family, Heritage & Culture

This luxury voyage will take you to the rich biodiversity and picturesque landscape. By choosing this fully customizable tour, you will immerse yourself in the spirituality of Varanasi and Patna's culture.

Day 1: Arrival

Arrive at Varanasi by road, rail or air; transfer from airport or railway station to ship is included in the cruise cost. Embark on your cruise ship from afternoon onwards, and enjoy dinner on board while sailing downstream.

Day 2: Sail past the Ghats

Prayag Ghat and Dashaswamedh Ghat

​​This morning, sail past the ghats of Varanasi to visit Ramnagar and see the Maharaja’s Palace and museum. Sail on to visit Chunar, the great Mughal Fort, the old British cemetery and the Mughal tombs nearby. Carpet weaving and Chunar pottery offer a taste of the traditional industries that still thrive in the region. Sail down to anchor at Ramnagar for the night.

Day 3: Experience Ganga Aarti
Ganga Aarti

Ganga Aarti, Varanasi

​An early start this morning as you take rowing boats at dawn to soak in the lively and colorful bathing ghats of Varanasi. After a reviving breakfast onboard, disembark again to take a walk through the busy alleys of Varanasi to experience the beating heart of the city. In the evening, take rowing boats once again to join the evening Ganga Aarti ceremony, where young priests perform their daily rituals with brass lamps and spiritual mantras in front of large crowds from all over India and the world. A truly mesmerizing sight, this aarti is the essence of Varanasi. Return to the ship anchored at Rajghat.

Day 4: Visit Mughal Bridge
Gomti River

Gomti River

After breakfast on board, disembark and drive to the city of Jaunpur to see the Mughal Bridge. Visit its ancient fort and walk to see the splendid Atala mosque. Return to the ship for lunch and sail downstream towards Ghazipur. Alternatively, some may prefer to stay back and explore Varanasi’s tempting shopping possibilities.

Day 5: Cruise towards Ghazipur

A luxury cruiser

A luxury cruiser

Sail upstream today past Chausa to Ghazipur, still a center for opium production. Visit the imposing tomb of Lord Cornwallis, the General responsible for the British defeat at Yorktown and, if time permits, take a stroll through the busy Ghazipur bazaar, a quintessential Indian experience.

Day 6: Sail towards Buxar

Vrittikut Ashram

Vrittikut Ashram

Today you continue up past Ballia to Buxar, famous for the battle fought here in 1764 which, together with Plassey, laid the foundations of the British Raj. Visit the memorial on the battlefield and the old East India Company cemetery in town. Later, take a short cycle rickshaw ride up to the ghats of Buxar.

Day 7: Visit Mughal Tomb
Ghaghra River

Ghaghra River

​This morning you’ll cruise upstream during breakfast before landing to visit a spectacular small Mughal tomb at Maner. Reboard and continue past the confluence with the River Sone to the busy river port of Doriganj, mooring at an overnight stop near the confluence with the River Ghaghra.

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, disembark and transfer to Patna airport or railway station.

Cruising on the Ganga River from Varanasi to Patna for seven nights to delve deeply into the diverse culture and heritage. Besides that, you will get insightful experiences to learn about India’s history and magnificence. While enjoying this luxury cruise tour, you will get regular opportunities to click beautiful pictures. However, a breathtaking vista of the Ganges River as the sun paints the sky in vibrant colors is just something else. This expedition is a blend of adventure and fun to be cherished by every age group.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore Mughal Tomb, Maner
  • Excursion to the ghats of Buxar
  • Sail past the Varanasi Ghats
  • Experience Ganga Aarti at the holy river
  • Visit Buddhist site, the Sarnath
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