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Run by a city local named Monu, Monu Tours organizes, bout tours, tuk tuk tours, car tours and walking tours for those keen to explore the sacred city's rich culture and heritage. Boat trips usually happen during sunset or sunrise and take visitors through the beautiful and serene Ganges. Walking and tuk tuk tours let one visit the various markets, temples and the Ghats, rightly labeled as the soul of the city. During each of these tours, visitors also get to devour local grub served at food stalls dotting various narrow lanes and streets.
Curated by travel enthusiasts who pride on their ancient roots and tradition, Roobaroo Walks takes visitors through the narrow by-lanes of the holy city. Visitors also explore the sacred Ganges and swarming alleys serving up delectable street food as a part of the guided walk. Moving beyond the famous city landmarks, Roobaroo acquaints one with the heart of the religious city, even as one visits the various akhadas (wrestling area), local shops and natural attractions.
Literally translated as the morning of Banaras, the Subah-e-Banaras Boat Tour arranged by Groovy Tours and Travels is a must-do activity if you happen to be in the holy city. The boat ride starts from the serene Assi Ghat and ferries tourists to Manikarnika Ghat (city's largest cremation site). The early-morning boat trip is an ideal way to see sadhus and locals visiting the riverside to perform everyday rituals including praying to the Sun and the holy dip in the Ganges. The boat tour culminates with a short walk covering the old city's vibrant southern precinct.