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  • Man bathe at the edge of the Ganges
  • Sunsets over the river bank on the Ganges River is an ideal photo opportunity on India tours.
  • Ganges River cruises is a popular inclusion on India tours.

Our Ganges River Tours

While on India tours, you will possibly come across the Ganges River, also known as the River Ganga which is trans-boundary and runs through India and Bangladesh. Measuring 2,525 km (1,569 mi), the Ganges rises in the western Himalayas in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, and flows south and east through the Gangetic Plain of North India into Bangladesh, where it empties into the Bay of Bengal. 

Serving as a lifeline for millions of Indians living along its course, it is also considered sacred in the Hindu religion. The Ganges is personified as a goddess and also holds an important place in Hindu mythology. It is believed that bathing in the river helps atone for past sins and facilitates the attainment of nirvana, as well, it prompts many people to travel distances to immerse their kin’s ashes in the holy river, all to be experienced on trips to India.

The first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, requested in his will that part of his ashes be thrown into the Ganges. He wrote, “The Ganga, especially, is the river of India, beloved of her people, round which are intertwined her memories, her hopes and fears, her songs of triumph, her victories and her defeats. She has been a symbol of India's age-long culture and civilization, ever-changing, ever-flowing, and yet ever the same Ganga.”

Ganges River Travel Highlights

Varanasi

Situated on the banks of the Ganges River in Northern India, Varanasi is considered to be possibly the oldest living city in the world and a very important venue on India tours. Called the ‘holiest city in India’, Varanasi has been the pilgrimage site for Hindus for many Centuries and remains so today. It is also the city where Buddhism was founded. With a large Muslim population and Jewish expatriate community, Varanasi truly is a religious melting pot of various faiths and culture. The old city, near the banks of the Ganges has winding lanes lined with shops and Hindu temples. This culturally rich area of Varanasi also features ghats, which are sets of steps leading into the Ganges River. Varanasi has 100 ghats, most being used for bathing, while some are used for cremation rituals, all to be seen or experienced on a trip to India. Originating from various ghats, an early morning or sunset boat cruise along the Ganges offers views of various rituals taking place. There are also many Hindu and Buddhist temples to visit as well as the Archaeological Museum in Sarnath, and Jantar Mantar at Varanasi, an observatory built in 1737 overlooking the ghats on the Ganges.

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Ganges River

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    Spend time rejuvenating and relaxing in the foothills of the Himalayas. The Ananda Resort has all the necessary facilities to enhance your wellness experience. The surrounding scenery will assist in the process. This stay is perfect for both fitness enthusiasts and those wanting to unwind.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,781
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Luxury India Golden Triangle

    This luxurious introduction to India includes the excitement of Old and New Delhi, the Taj Mahal, and the rose city of Jaipur. An ideal India tour for a first timer, or a return visitor seeking a finer experience.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,409
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Temples of Khajuraho & Varanasi

    Get in touch with your spiritual side on this short India tour through the country’s holiest cities. Set out for the astonishing temples of Khajuraho, and the sacred waters of the Ganges in Varanasi.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,476
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • The Mighty Brahmaputra River

    Enjoy a one week leisurely cruise on the Indian section of the Brahmaputra River through stunning, colourful scenery. Go on safari to view amazing wildlife, get to know local fascinating ethnic tribes and learn about the folklore surrounding the river.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,236
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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