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Slowly Down the Ganges

Lose yourself in the spiritual romance of the legendary Ganges. Sail on this journey of a lifetime, bask in the bliss of epiphany and make friends with your inner self.

Greet the morning sun with a salutation yoga pose, wave past frolicking kids, and unravel the locals’ chatter along the river bank. Lounge in your boat and let the gentle breeze caress you to snooze, only to be woken by an intoxicating aroma permeating the air. Look out for exciting bird life and dolphins – only if you’re lucky!

Soak in golden sunsets, join the boatmen for a game of cricket or simply take a stroll along the riverfront. Relish a delicious meal in the warmth of a campfire. Let it all sink in while you gaze at the blanket of constellations.

The trip celebrates a spiritual and cultural legacy as profound as the Ganges!

It’s peaceful and exciting,  unfathomable yet absorbing, like fantasy and much more!

 

Trip Duration1 Night/2 DaysSailing Distance  
Pick Up From Varanasi Hotel/Railway Station/AirportPhysicality2/5
Trip Ends AtAssi Ghat, VaranasiCulture Shock3/5

ITINERARY

Day 1: Varanasi to Bhatauli (sailing starting point)

After breakfast transfer to Prayagraj. Drive from Varanasi to Bhatauli (sailing start point) = Approx. 40 km | around 1.5 hours.

Our representative will pick you up from your hotel.

At Varanasi/Varanasi Railway Station/Varanasi Airport. We start sailing around midday with a whole support crew, including a kitchen boat. Lunch will be served aboard.

Depending on the direction of the wind, we aim to sail for around 5-6 hours today before putting our boats aside for overnight camping on the river bank. You can spend the evening playing a game of volleyball or cricket or stroll along the river. Dinner will be served at the campsite. Overnight stay includes dome tents on twin sharing basis.

Day 2: Sailing continues and ends at Varanasi

Wake up to a beautiful sunrise accompanied by a cuppa pipping hot chai/coffee. Post breakfast, we start sailing again. We would sail for around 6-7 hours today.

If the wind is favourable, we’ll stop to visit one of the local villages and a government-run primary school. This is a beautiful opportunity for you to peek into rural life and enjoy a fun-filled interaction with the locals. We return to our boats and continue sailing. Lunch will be served aboard. We’re likely to Varanasi around 02:30 pm. Disembarkation will take place at Assi ghat in Varanasi, where our trip comes to an end.

Trip Inclusions

  • Arrival transfer from your hotel (in Varanasi), Varanasi railway station, or Varanasi airport to the sailing starting point.
  • 1 Night/2 Day of sailing & overnight camping with a whole support crew.
  • Overnight camping in waterproof dome tents (on twin sharing basis) with mattresses, pillows and blankets.
  • 1 Breakfast, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner (only vegetarian food).
  • Tea/Coffee with light snacks midway.
  • The trip is led by an experienced boat crew leader who speaks basic English.

Trip Exclusions

  • Airfare
  • Mineral water and soft drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Breakfast on Day 1
  • Room to freshen up on Day 1 of the trip if you arrive in Varanasi the same day.
  • Tips to boatmen
  • Any Entrance/Monument Fee
  • Departure transfer from the drop-off point in Varanasi to the railway station or airport
  • Anything not mentioned under “Trip Inclusions” above

Our Boats & Sailing

  • Our boats are either rowed or sailed depending on the wind. Each boat can have a maximum of 5 passengers in addition to the 2 boatmen in charge of the boat.
  • The boats are covered from the top to avoid direct sunlight but are open from other sides to allow you good views of the life around you.
  • The boat’s design allows the passengers to lounge comfortably with mattresses, pillows & blankets.
  • Your luggage stays with you on a boat in a separate area which you can easily access.
  • Our boats carry life jackets & first-aid kits. Mineral water & soft drinks are available at an additional charge.
  • We rely on bush toilets during sailing. Usually, it is easy to find spots with enough privacy. In addition, guests can carry a sarong or a blanket.

Camping

  • We provide you with waterproof dome tents on twin sharing basis.
  • Our tents have mattresses, quilts/blankets and pillows for each guest.
  • We set up a dining tent if we encounter bugs in the evening. These bugs are seasonal.
  • In the evening, a toilet tent is placed at a distance. The toilet facility is shared and includes a dig-in pit with a customized western commode.

Kitchen Boat

  • Our kitchen boat is equipped to serve fresh vegetarian food prepared using produce sourced from the local villages.
  • We use filtered water to prepare our food. Please be assured that we do not use Ganges water for cooking.

Important

  • While sailing, shower facilities are unavailable unless you are comfortable swimming in the Ganges.
  • We do not serve meat or alcohol on this trip. Ganges is a holy river & we are a responsible travel company.
  • There is no access to electricity while we are in the Ganges. So, please charge all your electronic gadgets in advance.
  • Mosquito repellent, moisturizer, sunscreen, tissue paper
  • Torch
  • Mobile phone if you want to stay connected with friends & family back home. The mobile networks work absolutely fine. We recommend an Indian SIM.
  • Camera with extra batteries & memory cards
  • Any medicines you’re taking

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