O rising Sun, so fair and gay,
What are you bringing me, I pray,
Of sorrow or of joy to-day?
- Frederick George Scott
Express so eloquently by Scott, sunrise on River Ganges is indeed magical and has a mystical quality about it. The vivid images of sun rising over the horizon and rising of the sleeping city of Varanasi with the first ray of the sun transfix international and domestic tourists alike. Rituals and ceremonies of Life and Death, considered to be two phases of the journey of soul in Hinduism, take place along side each other. There are pilgrims and devotees who enter the chilly waters of the river to bathe and wash away their sins with a holy dip in the river; and there are near and dear ones of the departed, who come to flow away the ashes after the cremation ceremony in the hope to seek salvation for the souls of their dead.
The early morning boat ride along the banks of River Ganges has become a modern-age ritual introduced to the city by Varanasi tourism industry. You will find a number of boatmen at the Ghats of Varanasi quite early in the morning. It is here that you will find TNS Travel Pvt. Ltd. quite useful to help you experience the best without having to spoil the good mood. TNS Travels features one-hour hassle-free and pleasurable luxury sun rise boat cruise on River Ganges
that will transport you to a different world altogether.
The continuum slideshow like visuals of men, women, children, and sadhus bathing in the river; people doing exercise and Yoga in the fresh cool air of the Ghats; and priests worshipping River Ganges and various deities in the temples that rise above Ghats in several tiers seem to have an unearthly quality. The magical spell of pilgrims standing waist deep in the molten gold of River Ganges with folded hands to seek blessings from Sun God seem astounding. A shutter bug’s delight, our innovative luxury boat ride allows you to capture some of the most memorable and magical moments during the cruise that speak volumes about city’s culture, traditions, and lifestyle.
A little known fact about Varanasi
is that it is the center of Indian arts and music. Several internationally renowned classical music maestros have been born and resided in Varanasi
, including the famed Pandit Ravi Shankar. TNS thoughtfully added the trademark soft melodious Benarasi music to accompany you during your boat ride on River Ganga. The yearning tones of the sarangi and rhythmic beats of the tabla along with chanting of Mantras on the Ghats and tinkling of bells in Temples really add to the quality of experience and make it indescribably divine.
is one of the oldest living cities of the world. Over 3000 years old, it resonates with the old-world charm of a deeply religious town. You will be surprised to known that there are over 25,000 temples in this city. As the world brightens up, vendors selling wares on boats can be seen cruising along side the tourist boats. Some of the Ghats that you will cover during your Varanasi boat cruise
are hundreds of years old. Manikarnika Ghat is the main Ghat to cremate the death that is believed to have a portal that can transport souls directly to Heaven.
Sadhus in saffron colored loins can be seen performing their rituals on the steps of the Dasaswamedha Ghat, which is believed to be the place where Lord Brahma sacrificed ten horses at this Ghat so that Lord Shiva would return from his self-imposed banishment after the death of his beloved wife – Sati. Other Ghats covered in the morning boat ride include Man Mandir Ghat that was built by Maharaja of Jaipur in the 18th century and sports the Moon God Shrine; and the Assi Ghat, where a holy dip is believed to purify one’s mind, body and soul to perform true worship. The pleasure boat on River Ganges also takes you on an unforgettable trip to Barnasangam, Panchganga, Dattatreya, Kedar, Scindia and Harishchandra Ghats that all look almost alike with the colorful pictures and holy bells of temples tinkling in the background.
One of the other major boat cruise specialties offered by TNS at Varanasi is the grand Ganga Aarti ceremony at the Dasaswamedh Ghat of Varanasi, which is quite close to the venerated Kashi Vishwanath Temple - a prime attraction at Varanasi. Performed at 7 pm every evening, just after sunset, the Aarti ceremony at River Ganges casts a magical spell on all viewers as thousands of young men donning saffron robes and ceremonial attires swinging huge lamp holders, each holding a number of lit lamps at once, in choreographed rhythmic movements and everybody present join their chanting to offer homage to the river deity. The flowers and lit lamps floating in the river present a pretty picture, especially when you are cruising along side them too.