The essence of the experience
The city of Varanasi, known locally as Benares, has long been hailed as one of the most sacred places in India, as well as being the first living city in the world. According to folklore, pilgrims who bathe in the mystical Ganges of Benares will leave without sin, while travellers who pass away in Varanasi will obtain redemption and freedom from the cycle of birth and re-birth.
Embark on an exclusive boat ride across the Ganges, with a great view of the animated culture and beliefs of the Hindu people. Accompanied by an expert guide, set off at dawn, as the sun rises above the vast horizon, painting the pale and pastel-coloured sky with streaks of rich amber and red.
Marvel at the masses of colourfully dressed, devout pilgrims as they wade into the depths of the Ganges, immersing themselves as they perform their daily ablutions and religious devotions. Listen to the melodic tunes of the musicians on board, from sitar players to flutists and table performers, as they awaken the rest of the city, evoking a pure sensory experience that fully compliments the awe-inspiring visual scenes.