Private Tour: Ganga Aarti Hindu Ritual in Rishikesh Including Dinner

Cultural & Theme Tours in Rishikesh

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Join a 4-hour private tour to witness the Hindu ritual known as Aarti. Experience this regular practice at sundown alongside the banks of the Ganga River in Rishikesh. Enjoy the sound of the rushing river and hymns being sung by the gurus and disciples, smell the incense, see the twinkling lights, and watch as the participants sway in unison. After the ritual, delight in a vegetarian Indian dinner in a local restaurant prior to being dropped-off at your hotel.
After pickup at around 4pm (actual time depends on sunset), you'll be driven to the banks of the Ganga River in Rishikesh to experience the Hindu ceremony known as Aarti.The Aarti is generally sung at the conclusion of any religious ceremony or puja, or simply by itself each morning and evening as a joyous spiritual celebration. Witness the bhajans (hymns) performed by saffron-robed gurus and disciples. Smell the fragrance of incense and camphor as it permeates the air. See the mesmerizing light of numerous diyas (oil lamps) and the setting sun mirrored on the flowing water. Hear the tranquil sound of the rushing river. Watch the participants sway in unison as all the elements including fire, water, Earth and air are combined to heighten the synergy created by this ritual. A sense of peace, gladdening of the heart, feeding of the soul, and creation of harmony is the goal of this regular practice. Afterwards, continue to a local restaurant for a delightful Indian-cuisine vegetarian dinner. Upon completion of dinner, you'll be dropped back off to your hotel in Rishikesh.

What’s included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Dinner
  • Transport by private vehicle

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified


  • Led by a local guide
  • Dinner included
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included