The Ganges is one of the most sacred rivers of India and enjoys a highly exalted position in the Hindu mythology. Many references to legends associated with goddess Ganga are available in the Vedas, the Puranas, and epics like, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The Gangotri Glacier in the Uttaranchal Himalayas is the origin of the Ganga river. Several cities located on the banks of river Ganga like Haridwar, Allahabad, and Varanasi are famous pilgrimage centers in India.
Ganges River Cruise
A boat cruise is an interesting and adventurous way of exploring numerous ghats, temples, and the rituals taking place on the banks of this holy river.
Wooden boats are easily available for taking an adventurous ride in the holy water of river Ganges. These are common wooden country boats with couple of rows, a mast and two boatmen on each boat. On these wooden boats you can explore one of the most vibrant stretch of this legendary river, marked by beautiful landscape, old temples, religious ghats, and devoted people religiously flocking the river banks in large numbers. It’s all there, which you can catch while enjoying a soothing boat ride on the Ganges river.
Of course there are many types of watercraft used on the Ganges and you have your choice. Other cruise boats have many luxuries available including a waterproof marine audio system to set the mood with a fantastic sound experience for your India travel adventure.
A morning rides on boat across river Ganga provides amazing glimpses of the religious practices and rituals performed by thousands of devotees on the banks of river Ganga. As part of their daily worship hundreds of Hindu devotees take a holy bath in the river and offer water to Surya (Sun God).
In the evening time you can leave for a special evening cruise on candle lit country boats to catch the spectacular view of grand aarti being performed by thousands of devotees.
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