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How to book tickets to Alaknanda Cruise in Varanasi

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How to book tickets to Alaknanda Cruise in Varanasi

If you are in Varanasi, then it is a must to visit the Ganga river. Now, you can enjoy the river Ganga by riding a cruise. You can book the Alaknanda Cruise for either the morning tour or the evening tour.

The morning cruise offers sunrise, while the evening one offers Ganga aarti. It starts from Assi Ghat takes around and concludes its journey at the same point only.

Steps to booking the tickets for Alaknanda Cruise:

Step 1 - Visit the website of the Nordic Cruise line, nordicruiseline.com.

Step 2- Then, click the "Book Now" option.

Step 3 - The Page will open with four options with different tours, dates, ticket prices, and time slots.

Step 4 - After every option, there is a 'Book Now' button. Whatever option you may like, click that 'Book Now' option.

Step 5 - Then, select 'your tour date' and 'seats' mentioned below and then click 'Book Now '.

About Alaknanda Cruise:

Alaknanda Cruise is a double-decker luxury boat developed by a Kolkata-based company at the cost of Rs. 1 Crore. Operated by the Nordic Cruise Line, it can accommodate 90 passengers. The second deck has a restaurant from where people can see a beautiful view.

The boat has a space of 2000 sq. feet and the lower deck of the luxury cruise is air-conditioned. The cruise will begin its service from Ravidas Ghat, Ravidas Park Entrance, Nagwa, near Lanka, in Varanasi. The timing of the tour is from 9 AM to 5 PM.

The cruise will provide breakfast, lunch, and evening snacks with live music. There is a stopover at School Tankeshwar Mahadev Temple for Darshan. Tourists can have a guided tour of Chunar Fort. The cruise also organises some activities, games, and lucky draw onboard. It will give a tour of the 84 ghats from Ravidas Ghat to Rajghat in Varanasi every day.

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In the holy city of Varanasi, apart from enjoying the serene and spiritual ambience of its ghats, you can enjoy a ride on the luxury cruise called Alaknanda. The luxury cruise service in Varanasi was inaugurated in the month of September in 2018. Before the introduction of the cruise, both the locals and tourists were used to seeing boats (both motorised and non-motorised) on the waters of the River Ganga. This is the first time that an exquisite looking luxury cruise will make its way through the holy waters.

Varanasi is one of the most visited religious destinations in India, thanks to its historic ghats, splendid temples and the distinct flavour of the city itself. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, a fact that makes it even more fascinating as a popular tourist spot in India. It is the River Ganga though, which lends the city its identity. Indeed, the city and the river have become synonymous to each other. Much of the daily life in the city revolves around the Ganga, and it finds a strong presence in the everyday conversations and lifestyle of the people.

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It is not just the people of India though, who fall for the charm of Varanasi, which is undoubtedly among the most popular tourist destinations in India. International travellers have always held a soft spot in their hearts for this ancient city. Among other things, this has a lot to do with the authenticity of traditions, customs and Hindu beliefs which they are able to witness here.

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The city endures itself to visitors from abroad with its ancient feel. Walking among the maze of lanes and bylanes of Varanasi, with its small shops, eateries and interesting people who never stop surprising you in one way or the other, is like a revelation. Of course, there are the colorful ghats which are the scenes of religious rituals, ceremonies and other activities which offer a glimpse of its everyday life.

Perhaps, the popularity of this luxury cruise on River Ganges among international tourists is also due to the fact that it comes as close to “ancient India” as they may have read about in books and newspapers. Known as the Alaknanda luxury cruise, it will allow you to enjoy a cruise ride at Ghats of Varanasi. The next time you plan a trip to Varanasi, book a ride in this luxury cruise in Varanasi and enjoy the fabulous views of River Ganga, the ancient Ghats and the Ganga Aarti, the top three attractions of Varanasi tourism. In this blog, we will tell you some interesting facts about this luxury cruise, the ticket cost and information related to Alaknanda cruise booking.

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An introduction to Alaknanda Luxury Cruise

Varanasi Luxury Cruise

The luxury tourist cruise Alaknanda was started at Khidiya Ghat in Varanasi in the month of September in 2018 by the UP-CM Yogi Adityanath. With its launch, it became the first luxury cruise in Varanasi to take tourists on a ride around the 84 ghats in this city. It is 30 meters in length and can accommodate up to 110 passengers at any given time.

The double decker cruise liner was started by Nordic Cruise Line, a start-up company based in Kolkata. Varanasi is counted among the top travel destinations of Uttar Pradesh, thanks to its heritage, history and culture, and the introduction of this luxury cruise by Uttar Pradesh tourism will enhance its popularity even further.

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Features of the Alaknanda Luxury Cruise Varanasi

Varanasi Luxury Cruise

Double Decker Luxury Cruise Liner

The Alaknanda luxury cruise boasts a total area of around 2,000 sq. ft and can accommodate around 125 people at any given time. Out of the total numbers of seats in the cruise, 60 are installed in the air-conditioned lower deck. These also have huge see through glass windows to allow passengers to enjoy the spectacular Ganga Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat. The entire lower deck is air conditioned.

There is no air conditioning on the upper deck of the Alaknanda luxury cruise in Varanasi. However, the sides are open and allow the free circulation of air as well as enhance the aesthetic appeal of the double decked liner. Both the floors are also equipped with bio-toilets.

Luxurious Seating Facilities

The luxury factor of the Alaknanda double decked cruise liner is also reflected in the seating arrangements. There are luxurious sofas which allow the passengers to admire the views of sunrise and sunset besides relaxing. They can also enjoy the incredible views of the Aarti from these comfortable sofas while taking a cruise tour on the River Ganges.

Navigational System & Safety Features

Alaknanda luxury cruise is equipped with the latest, updated and advanced navigational systems along with onboard GPS. In addition, adequate steps have been taken to ensure the safety of passengers onboard. Besides safety jackets, there are lifeguards on boats in case of any emergencies. The luxury cruise has also been equipped with lifeboats.

Other Features Onboard the Alaknanda Luxury Cruise

Besides the facilities mentioned above, the luxury cruise also has been fitted with free Wi-Fi, a skid proof afterdeck and audio-visual systems. The kitchen is located on the upper deck and provides both vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals including continental cuisine to the guests onboard. Guests will also be served alcohol. Further, the cruise can also be used to hold business meetings, conferences and power lunches.

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Route, Ticket Fare, Timing & Online Booking

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Route of the Alaknanda Luxury Cruise Varanasi

The cruise route of Alaknanda Varanasi cruise service will start from Assi Ghat and continue all the way to Panchganga Ghat. In doing so, it will cover a distance of around 12 km. From there, it will make its way through the other ghats including Chunar, one of the ancient and most famous places to visit in Varanasi.

Boarding Points for the Luxury Cruise

You can board the Alaknanda cruise in Varanasi from the following boarding points:  Alaknanda Jetty, Ravidas Park Ghat Nagwa.

What is the Alaknanda Varanasi Cruise Fare?

The cruise fare onboard the Alakananda Varanasi Cruise is 750 INR, which also includes the GST (Goods and Service Tax).

Timings of the Alaknanda Luxury Cruise

Alaknanda, the first luxury cruise service in Varanasi, offers two rides to tourists throughout the day. The cruise timing is divided between morning and evening. While the morning cruise is available from 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM, the evening cruise is available from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM.

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How to Explore Varanasi on a Luxury Cruise?

Varanasi Ghat

Going for the morning cruise will allow you to enjoy the spectacular views of the holy river Ganges as well as the beautiful views of the sunrise. The cruise will travel at a slow yet steady speed, allowing you to observe and absorb the beauty and sights that each of the 84 ghats have to offer. Watching the everyday happenings on the famous ghats of Varanasi, known as “Subah-e-Banaras” is a unique experience.

Going for the evening cruise has its own advantages, one of which is that it allows you to enjoy some incredible sightseeing. Besides enjoying the views of the setting sun, you will be able to witness the Ganga Aarti. Seated in the luxury of your cruise liner, you will be able to enjoy the synchronised chanting of mantras, lighted lamps and the floating of diyas.

How to Book a Ride on Alaknanda Cruise?

The ticket booking for the cruise tour of Varanasi on River Ganges can be done by visiting the official website of Nordic cruise line (the company which owns Alakananda). After arriving at the website, you can complete the online ticket booking by clicking on the “bookings” section and then selecting the kind of cruise you want.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. how do i book the tickets for the alakananda luxury cruise.

You can book the tickets for a ride on the Alakananda luxury cruise on its official website: nordiccruiseline.com

Q. Is dinner available on the deck of the Alakananda luxury cruise?

No, but light refreshments and snacks are available.

Q. What type of cruises are available with the Alakananda?

You can select from either the morning cruise or the evening cruise with the Alakananda.

Q. What will be the starting point of the Alakananda cruise?

Both the morning and evening cruises will start from Alaknanda Jetty, Sant Ravidas Ghat behind Ravidas Park, Nagwa (Ahead of Assi Ghat), Varanasi.

Q. Can I enjoy the Ganga Aarti from within the cruise itself?

Yes, you can enjoy the Ganga Aarti from within the cruise, as huge windows have been installed for the purpose.

Q. What are the timings of the morning and evening cruise of the Alakananda?

The timing of the morning cruise is 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM, while that of the evening cruise is 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM.

Q. Can I enjoy a party onboard the Alakananda luxury cruise?

Yes, you can enjoy a party onboard the Alakananda luxury cruise with up to 50 of your friends. Some of the facilities available include free WiFi, a skid proof afterdeck, four bio toilets, a fully AV equipped mini stage on the lower deck and a host of other safety features. It is also perfect for enjoying a cultural evening on the River Ganga.

Q. Why should I take the morning cruise on the Alaknanda?

If you opt for the morning cruise, you will be treated to views of the entire riverfront along with the views of the River Ganga.

Published: 01 Dec, 2020

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Alaknanda cruise Varanasi booking online: Know fare, route details of this luxury cruise in river Ganga

The alaknanda-kashi luxury cruise was launched on august 15, 2018, in varanasi..

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Alaknanda cruise Varanasi booking: One of India’s oldest cities, Varanasi, is a very popular tourist spot. The religious and spiritual environment, witnessing the aartis near river Ganga, experiencing the aura of the place is said to be a one-of-its-kind experience. Apart from enjoying the serenity of the place from its ghats, tourists can now also relax on a luxury cruise on the river Ganga in Varanasi. Started on August 15 last year, the Alaknanda-Kashi luxury cruise runs between Assi Ghat and Rajghat of Varanasi.

How to book Alaknanda cruise in Varanasi?

The Alaknanda cruise in Varanasi is the first ever air-conditioned luxury river cruise in the city. For bookings, tourists can visit the website of Nordic Cruise Line nordiccruiseline.com, the private entity that operates this luxury cruise. Here are the details.

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Timings for morning cruise: 7.00 am to 8.30 am Timings for evening cruise: 6.00 pm to 8.30 pm Introductory Price: Rs 750 + GST onwards Boarding Point: Alaknanda Jetty, Ravidas Park Ghat Nagwa, Varanasi

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Get ready to hop onboard the first ever air-conditioned luxury river cruise on the river Ganga. Witness the captivating ghats where the mighty river Ganga bathed in the golden sunrise. #UPNahiDekhaTohIndiaNahiDekha For bookings, click on to: https://t.co/7D0kwesGrj pic.twitter.com/wvfIqVsu9c — UP Tourism (@uptourismgov) April 27, 2019

This 12 kilometers-long luxury ride also gives a chance to experience the spectacular views of Varanasi and Ganga Aarti in the morning. Covering a distance of 1400 km all the way, the cruise reached Varanasi from Kolkata last year.

Here’s a look at some salient facts about the Alaknanda cruise in Varanasi:

Features that make the cruise ‘luxury’ class This luxury ship is 2000sq.ft is a double-decker The lower deck of the ship is air-conditioned On both the floors, there are bio-toilets Local, classical music plays on the cruise Needless to say, the cruise also provides special local food items for the tourists It also shows the Varanasi and Ganga aarti in the morning

Safety provisions for the new cruise The Alaknanda-Kashi luxury cruise also has safety jackets and lifeguards on board for everyone’s safety There is also be a lifeboat provision in case of an emergency

The Nordic Cruiseline has given the credit for this initiative to Narendra Modi government’s ‘Startup India ’ programme.

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ALAKNANDA , the Himalayan river is the holy confluence of many rivers. At Devprayag, in Tehri district (State of Uttarakhand), Alaknanda, Saraswati and Bhagirathi rivers come together and flow ahead as our pristine Ganga.

This divine amalgamation certainly seems to be the inspiration behind the gorgeous Alaknanda, the river cruise that has delighted over 25,000 guests on board so far. In 2017, a Startup company, Nordic Cruiseline Pvt. Ltd. envisioned a world class cruise experience on holy Ganga. The 60 seater double decker plan was fresh and was exclusively designed by an IIT, Mumbai Engineer and built at the Shibpur yard in Kolkata.

And this Alaknanda had a long, upstream journey to Kashi.

DID YOU KNOW ? Alaknanda sailed through 1400 kms for 90 days from May to July, 2018 from Kolkata to Kashi to offer the Divine cruise experience on holy Ganga.

Post the commercial launch in September, 2018 in the august presence of Honourable Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Yogi Adityanath, there was no looking back for Alaknanda.

I have been lucky to have taken this cruise with my family on a cloudy, winter morning. On approaching Sant Ravidas Ghat, we saw the grand Alaknanda on the riverfront. We could not wait to get closer and walked down the steps. We were welcomed by the officials at the embarkment point and while others were escorted inside, I paused and stood there dazed, admiring the stylish, international look of the Cruise boat.

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ALAKNANDA waiting to sail from Sant Ravidas Ghat

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Inside view is as impressive with air conditioned lower deck and open upper deck with comfortable seating arrangement.

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ALAKNANDA Lower deck

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ALAKNANDA – Upper deck

The 90 minute cruise covers all 84 Ghats and depicts the tales of the Ghats through a special audio commentary.

Alaknanda takes you through the Ghats right upto the famous double decker Malviya Bridge built in 1887 during the British period which has the rail track on lower deck and road on the upper deck. The boat reverses from this point and returns to the same point of embarkment.

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Double storeyed Malviya Bridge built in 1887

My favourite journey on Alaknanda has been with her special friends, the migratory Birds who fly down every year, from over 5000 kms from China-Russia border.

And the best moment has been on the Upper deck, accompanied by a beautiful flock of birds flying right through this flawless journey.

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ALAKNANDA and her friends, Migratory Birds

Simply blissful, is what I had mentioned to Mr. Vikas Malaviya, Founding Member of Nordic Cruiseline on our return at Sant Ravidas Ghat.

Mr. Malaviya feels humbled with the overwhelming response to Alaknanda and says, “On board Alaknanda, we have ensured international safety standards and eco friendly features like silent engine, bio toilets. We have been able to do away with the 3Ds which are integral to any cruise, Dining, Dancing or Drinking. We attribute our success to the people of India and tourists from world over for respecting the sanctity of Alaknanda and let it remain true to its origin.”


Alaknanda and her friends –

Experience the spirit of freedom with migratory birds on any Morning cruise from December to February every year.

Dev Deepawali cruise –

2 hour cruise from 8 pm to 10 pm on Dev Deepawali night with local savouries like Puri, Kachori,subzi etc. served as Dinner. Dev Deepawali is on 30th November, 2020.Ticket price and booking will open closer to date.

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ALAKNANDA on Dev Deepawali night cruise

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS: 2 cruises daily from Sant Ravidas Ghat

During Summer :

Morning – 7 am to 8.30 am Evening – 6.30 pm to 8 pm

During Winter (Dec to Feb) :

Morning – 8 am to 9.30 am Evening – 5.30 pm to 7 pm

The evening cruise offers a 15 minute view of Ganga Aarti on Dashashwamedh Ghat

Ticket : Rs. 900.00 per person

Online booking : https://nordiccruiseline.com/

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Dev Deepawali celebration on the Ghats


This seems incredibly good. Can hardly wait to be a part of the fortunate list of tourists who have enjoyed a serene divine ride along the ghats of the holy Ganges in this state- of -the -art vessel which impresses and invites. Kudos to the entire team 👍

Thanks for your kind appreciation, looking forward to host you.

Excellent! Have savoured the experience. It definitely remains with you for a long , long time. A must-do when you visit Benares.

Our role is very limited here, in the lead role it is the divine power of our holy city Kashi. Thanks for appreciation.

Having taken this cruise myself, I cannot but agree with Anusuya. It is indeed a mesmerizing experience. The Ganga Aarti on one side, the Malaviya bridge and the river bank on the other, the cool breeze on my face made the evening most alluring. Great venture!! Kudos to team Alaknanda for their warmth and hospitality. A ‘must do’ when you visit Benaras!!

These nice words really encourage us to offer our best to our guests. Thank you

Feeling Live I am taking cruise n Ganga arti.

Team Alaknanda sincerely thank Ma’am Anusuya for this blog. Beautiful text and presentation. Hope it will encourage more tourists to do the cruise tour when they visit Varanasi. Thank you once again.

Reading this makes me want to take the cruise at the first opportunity! Hope the pandemic eases up soon for this. Sounds amazing.

Looking forward to a ride

The very name of Alakananda forced me to start with this blog as I have spent some great moments on her banks during My trip to Uttarakhand. In fact my all time favourite is watching the confluence of Alakananda and Mandakini at Rudraprayag from the balcony of GNVN. I thank you for presenting the cruise so well. Looking forward to take the trip soon. Benaras is calling me.

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Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the most famous Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. The Temple stands on the western bank of the holy river Ganga, and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the holiest of Shiva Temples. The main deity is known by the names Shri Vishwanath and Vishweshwara (IAST: Vishveshvara) literally meaning Lord of the Universe. Varanasi city is also called Kashi in ancient time, and hence the Temple is popularly called as Kashi Vishwanath Temple. The etymology of the name Vishveshvara is Vishva: Universe, Ishvara: lord, one who has dominion.

Kasi Yatra Itinerary

No of temples covered: 00 Temple

Total distance covered: 91 Kms

On your arrival at Lucknow our company representative will receive you and a short briefing about the tour will be done. Lunch will be provided on the way. Drive to Naimisaranyam and check in to the hotel and dinner and overnight stay.

No of temples covered: 04 Temple

Total distance covered: 219 Kms

After breakfast proceed to darshan following Temples in Naimisarnyam

  • Devaraj Mandir
  • Hanuman Garhi

After lunch checkout from hotel and proceed to Ayodhya for dinner and overnight stay.

Total distance covered: 169 Kms

After breakfast proceed to Darshan following Temples in Ayodhya.

  • Sri Rama Janma bhoomi
  • Kanaka Bhavan
  • Dasarath Bhavan

After lunch checkout from hotel and proceed to Prayagraj.Dinner and Overnight Stay.

Total distance covered: 131 Kms

Early morning take bath in Triveni Sangam (Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati) and Perform Rituals and lunch and Rest in the hotel.

In the evening check out from hotel and drive to Chitrakoot for dinner and overnight stay.

No of temples covered: 50 Temple

Total distance covered: 274 Kms

After breakfast, proceed to Darshan following temples in Chitrakoot.

  • Gupt Godavari
  • Sati Anusuya Ashram
  • Spatikashila
  • Bharatmilap

After darshan of the above temples, have lunch and checkout from hotel. Drive to Kasi for dinner and overnight stay.

No of temples covered: 02 Temple

Total distance covered: 247 Kms

Early morning take bath in Ganges and perform Rituals and proceed to darshan the following temples in Kasi.

  • Kasi Viswanath Mandir
  • Kasi Annapurna Mandir

After darshan of these temples have lunch. Checkout from the hotel and drive to Gaya for dinner and overnight stay.

Early morning take bath in Ganges and Perform Rituals and proceed to darshan following temples in Gaya.

  • Mahaboodhi Temple

After darshan of these temples proceed for lunch. Checkout from hotel and drive to Varanasi for dinner and overnight stay.

In the morning perform Thambadhi pooja at Varanasi. After breakfast we will drop you at the Varanasi railway station / airport and bid farewell for your onward journey.

* Inclusions and Exclusions as applicable for your tour package.

Cost Includes :

1. Pickup and drop at railway station / Airport / Bus stand

2. Air-condition accommodation on Twin share basis

3. Vegetarian food for the entire trip (breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

4. All transfer and temple visits by AC Vehicle

5. Vehicle permits, Toll, parking charges, driver allowance

6. Tour Manager and Guide Charges

7. One litre Water bottle three per day for each person

8. 2 Coffee or Tea per day for each person

Cost Excludes :

1. Onward and return flight tickets/ Train Tickets/ Bus Tickets

2. Doli charges as applicable in various temples

3. Auto charges

4. Special Darshan Tickets in temples, if required

5. Any expenses of personal nature like tips, laundry, telecom, internet, mini bar, room service, Tips and porter fees.

6. Any other meal/food not mentioned in the inclusion like cool drinks, Milkshakes, fruit salad, fruit juice, Ice cream.

7. Travel insurance and Medical expenses

8. Any other destination not mentioned in the itinerary.

9. Any monument, camera fees, entrance Fees

Travel Insurance

It is highly recommended that the Tour Participants acquire adequate insurance cover to secure their life, health and property as may be advised by your insurance agent to cover any eventualities, associated with your overseas travel including health, accidental injury, loss, liability and the like depending on your assessment of your risk potential. The Tour Participants are advised to discuss your insurance needs directly with your insurance agent before proceeding on the tour and at your own cost procure any additional cover as may be advised. Please note, Insurance is the subject matter of solicitation, please read the terms and conditions of the insurance document carefully before finalizing your desired insurance cover.

It is mandatory to wear the traditional dress as mentioned below. Otherwise the temple authorities will not permit you to enter the temple. The pilgrims shall wear Traditional Dress only.

Male: Dhoti, Shirt, Pant, Kurtha, Paijama.

Female: Saree, Half Saree, Chudidhar with Dupatta.

Do’s in Temple:

Concentrate on the Diety inside the temple.

Respect ancient customs and traditions while in temple.

Respect religious sentiments among co-pilgrims

Deposit your offerings only in the Hundi.

Follow the procedures of the temple and wait for your turn for the Darshan of the Lord.

Don’ts in Temple:

Carrying much jewellery and cash.

Wearing footwear in and around the premises of the temple

Throwing away the prasadam and theertham given to you at the temple.

Eating non-vegetarian food, consumption of liquor and other intoxicants and Smoking while in Temple.

Wearing any head guards such as helmets, caps, turbans and hats inside the temple premises.

Committing any act of violence or harshness in the temple premises.

Spit or be a nuisance inside the temple premises.

Mobile phones and other electronic gadgets/equipments

Goods and Service Tax:

GST will be extra and will be charged @ 5% on the mentioned package cost.

The mentioned price is valid only till end of this year.

Payment Terms:

The payment terms are as follows:

50% advance payment of the total package cost at the time of booking

Balance 50% payment along with GST should be paid within 7 days before the departure

Booking Policy

Online Booking: You can purchase our services from our sales outlets at Bangalore or Chennai, or you can book your tour/services / payment online through our website. Our website provides the facility making online booking of tours and services. After confirmation in written from us via Email or by in writing.

Booking Amount

For the services contracted, a minimum deposit of 30% of the total cost is to be paid by you to Ravel Roads. The advance is required to hold the booking on confirmed basis.

Balance Payment

The full balance payment is to be paid 10 days prior to the date of start of services. Any booking made within 10 working days of the date of services would be considered as a late booking and for same the full and final payment is required to be made at the time of booking itself.

Note: Apart from above, in case of bookings for special train journeys, hotel or resort bookings during the peak season (Christ-mas, New Year) full payment is required to be made at the time of booking itself.

Payments: All payments are to be paid in behalf of Ravel Roads.

How to Pay:

Domestic payments

1. By Cash / Cheque / Demand Draft

2. By Electronic money transfer (RTGS & NEFT)

3. By Debit Card, Credit Card, UPI, net banking.

International payments

1. By Bank transfer to our bank (Bank Details)

2. By Online Payment Gateway through Razor Pay.

3. By Debit Card, Credit Card

In case of payment through credit card, the bank charges (3% extra) – would be levied over and above the total amount.

1. All payments should be free and clear of any withholding tax and deduction.

2. Bank charges, if any, for remittance (by remitting bank or by intermediary bank) would be strictly borne by payer.

Cancellation / No show / Early Departure Policy:

In case of cancellation of tour or travel services due to any reason, you are requested Please inform us in writing or by Email. Cancellation charges would be effective from the date we receive letter in writing and cancellation charges would be as follows:

Cancellation charges for any mode of transport ticket are applicable as per the rules of the concerned authority.

Air ticket issued on special fare are non-refundable and the guest shall bear cancellation charges.

Group Tours

1. If the reservation is cancelled 30 days prior to the date of arrival – 90% may be refunded (except the transaction charges).

2. If the reservation is cancelled 15 days prior to the date of arrival – 50% may be refunded (except the transaction charges) .

3. If the reservation is cancelled 07 days prior to the date of arrival – 25% may be refunded (except the transaction charges).

If the cancellation is any later than the above stated period or in case of ‘No Show’- No Refund.

No refund or any changes will be accepted at last minute for tour starting or after starting or middle of the tour.

Individual Tours (FIT Tours)

Cancellation policy of Individual tours is subject to changes. It depends upon the cancellation policy of the respective hotels and other service operators your tour is associated with. Different hotels and service operators have different cancellation policies which we are required to abide by. In the unfortunate event of cancellation of trip by guests, we would charge 10% of total booking amount as processing charges +the charges levied by the corresponding service providers.

Please note:

The itinerary may have changed. The products and services displayed may have changed. The photos of meals/sightseeing are for reference and may differ from the actual meals/sights. Distance between places and temperatures are approximate and can change depending on travel, road conditions and climatic changes.

Itinerary may change at any time

we reserve the right to alter, amend, change or modify the tour package and itineraries before or during the tour. We will make reasonable efforts to notify you promptly of such changes as and when they are made.

Such changes may be necessitated due to factors beyond our control such as Force Majeure events, strikes, fairs, festivals, sport events, weather conditions, traffic problems, overbooking of hotels/flights, cancellation / re-routing of flights or railway, closure of / restricted entry at a place of sightseeing.

Generally, we try to avoid dates when big Fairs, Exhibitions and other events are held in certain cities as hotels are fully booked several years ahead.

If you have to travel on such dates, you may have to stay in alternate hotels or hotels in other cities.

We will make reasonable efforts to keep the overall package of services unchanged. However,

We shall not be liable to refund any amount or pay any compensation on account of any change in itinerary.

Package Cost

Package Cost: Rs. 40,000 /Per Head

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The Kashi Vishwanath Temple, a shrine to Lord Shiva, is regarded as one of India's holiest temples and is located in the centre of the city. One of India's 12 Jyotirlingas, this temple contains roughly 800kg of gold plating on its tower and was where the king used to pray during important occasions. The TulsiManas Temple, Durga Temple, and BatukBhairav Mandir are a few additional temples where you can go for a darshan.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit Patalpuri Temple
  • Visit Kashi Ganga Aarti
  • Visit Lord Ram's birthplace
  • Visit Ramghat, Kamadgiri, Bharat Milap and Janaki Kund

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As you arrive at the revered city of Kashi, one of our representatives will welcome you. You'll get the chance to experience the Aarti ceremony on the Ganges Ghats to kick off your vacation. On the Dasaswamedh Ghat, one of the largest Ghats in the region, the Kashi Ganga Aarti is performed at sunset. You will be in awe of the youthful, skilled pandits who do it on stage as they move in perfect unison. You'll carry out this intriguing rite and then go to a hotel to spend the night.

You will get to travel to the nearby city of Prayagraj on your second day; the trip will take two and a half hours and is located 130 kilometres distant. After you arrive in Prayagraj, you will embark on a fascinating afternoon tour of the city. While there, you will have the opportunity to see the Ananda Bhawan, Hanuman Temple, Prayagraj Fort, Patalpuri Temple, Ashoka Pillar, and Akshaya Vat, all of which are sure to renew your respect and awe for the rich heritage of our nation. You can go to the hotel for the night after this enjoyable excursion.

You will go to Ayodhya, one of India's holiest cities with a rich history and fascinating mythology, on the third day of your vacation. It takes roughly 4 hours to travel 175 kilometres to reach the city of Ayodhya. As you arrive in this city, you can visit Lord Ram's birthplace and the several temples that commemorate his life there. The Lakshman Ghat, Kala Ram Temple, Kanak Bhavan Temple, and numerous Jain shrines are all visible. You will be taken to the hotel where you will spend the night and recharge for another exciting day of your journey after a fascinating tour of the city.

You will be taken to Chitrakoot, which is in Madhya Pradesh, following breakfast at the hotel. The journey to the city will take six hours, so pack some light snacks and entertainment. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Ram, his wife Sita, and brother Lakshman lived in this city during their eleven and a half-year exile. You can visit a number of sacred sites throughout the city, including Ramghat, Kamadgiri, Bharat Milap, Janaki Kund, Hanuman Dhara, Sati Anusayia, etc. A city tour will allow you to take in all the sights and sounds! You will be taken back to Prayagraj, where you will spend the night, after taking part in and admiring the history of this magnificent place.

We will leave the hotel in the morning and drive back to Kashi, where we will book a hotel once more. We will then have time in Kashi to take part in other activities, such as a boat ride on the Ganges, India's holy river, which offers breathtaking views of the city and its residents. After that, we'll take you on a temple tour of the area's magnificent Heritage temples. Before moving on to the SankatMochan, Bharat Mata, and Sarnath temples, we will first stop by the Durga and TulsiManas temples. After this incredible excursion, we will unwind and spend the night at the hotel.

Before being driven to the airport or train station to return to your homeland with fond memories, eat a delicious breakfast in the hotel.

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Also known as Banaras or Varanasi, Kashi in Uttar Pradesh is one of the world's oldest cities and one of India's seven holiest cities. With its many temples, ghats, aartis, and auspiciousness, it is a popular destination along the Ganges. Whether you are travelling alone or with someone else, the numerous Kashi tour packages offered by Swastik Holiday provide you the chance to enjoy the best of this sacred city.

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There are more than 80 ghats here due to its location along the Ganges; Assi Ghat, Dashashwamedha Ghat, and Shivala Ghat are some of the well-known ghats. Don't forget to attend the fortunate Ganga aarti at the Dashashwamedh Ghat in Kashi, which is illuminated by oil lamps and diyas as priests chant discourses. The ghats are also a great area to relax and watch the sun set.

It's not necessary to limit your visit to Kashi to its temples. You can go to some of its historical buildings, like the Alamgir Mosque, Chunar Fort, and Ramnagar Fort. The sculptures and displays of pottery, paintings, jewellery, and other items in the Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum are well-known. Don't forget to stop at Vishwanath Gali, a well-known street where you may buy food, god statues, house furnishings, and other goods.

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According to Hindu mythology, after Lord Brahma's head was severed during a conflict with Lord Shiva, Lord Shiva founded the city of Kashi. Lord Shiva took this skull in a victory parade and dropped it where Kashi is now, making this city highly sacred and holy. According to legend, the Pandavas from the Hindu epic Mahabharata visited the city to make up for their transgressions. In addition to its historical and religious significance, the city of Kashi is a significant hub for industry.

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Here are a few things you may see and do while on the tour to Kashi in this beautiful city!

River Ganges

The Ganga is a legendary, mythical river that is central to Hinduism, and it is the river on which Kashi is situated. Every day, many Hindu ceremonies are carried out along the river's banks. You can go on a boat tour to see them and enjoy the scenery.

Temple of Kashi Vishwanath

Its main attraction is the Jyotirlinga, which is revered beneath the magnificent gold domes of the temple that the Queen Ahilyabai Holkar erected in 1780. Since it is the most well-known temple in the most well-known temple town, the Kashi Vishwanath temple is a must-see.

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Sure would appreciate someone who has taken "Best of Moscow by high speed train" from St. Petersburg could please share their impressions of this shore excursion. From the description this sounds like a very long day.

Wondering how the 4 hour train trip was in terms of accommodations, etc. Also what time did you leave the ship and what time at night did you return? Were both legs of the trip on the high speed rail (I read that slower trains also travel the same tracks)?

My wife and I are considering this excursion. We thought that if we are making all the effort to go to Russia then how could we pass up going to Moscow, walking in Red Square, seeing St. Basil, etc.

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If you are considering this on the 2015 June Baltic cruise on Voyager; my suggestion is don't. There is so much to do in St. Petersburg and although a train is one of my favorite ways to travel the time would be far better spent in St. P.

Thanks for the advice. Yes, this would be on the Voyager during the 2015 season but not yet sure exactly which cruise.

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We did the Moscow excursion "on a different luxury line", but from your brief description it sounds very much like the same trip, so I will operate on that assumption. It is a VERY long day! We left the ship at 5:30 AM and returned at 12:30 AM. The highspeed train trip is comfortable, and while they call it "Business Class" it does not compare well to the equivalent class on say Rail Europe. When we did it in 2011, we did have highspeed both ways, and the trip back seemed much longer as the adrenaline and excitement had worn off!:D

Moscow itself is not that terribly different from any other big city in the world, but this Cold War kid never thought he would ever stand in Red Square, never mind walk the grounds of The Kremlin, or tour The Kremlin Palace, or see (but not visit) Lenin's Tomb, or visit The Armoury. But he did, and he loved every minute of it! Yes, it is a long day, and you barely scratch a scratch on the surface, but it is worth it. There is a tremendous amount to see in St. Petersburg, but every Baltic cruise goes to St. Petersburg, so you can go back if you choose to. Not every cruiseline offers you the chance to see Moscow.


I have not personally done this tour, but our last time in St Petersburg, the private guide that we hired for a day was leading the regent tour to Moscow on the high speed train the next day. He said it was way better than the previous alternative, which was flying to Moscow and back. He said that you actually got to Moscow faster because you didn't have to deal with airline checkin etc. it did seem like a very long day to me, and there is so much to see and do in st. Petersburg that I didn't consider doing it.



We toured to Moscow from St. Petersburg via the hi-speed SAPSAN train last September, from a Baltic cruise on the Oceania Marina. You need to have a two-night, three day port call in St. Petersburg to take this tour because the tour typically leaves the ship around 5:00 - 5:30 AM and doesn't return until after midnight the next day. We didn't take the ship's tour; we made private arrangements with TravelAllRussia for three days of touring, the first and third days in St. Petersburg and the second day the tour to Moscow by train. Our cost for the private tour for three days was about the same as what the ship charged for the excursion to Moscow alone. There are a number of private tour agencies that operate in St. Petersburg and offer the Moscow train tours; we would strongly recommend them over the ship's tours.

All three days had private guides with car and driver. The second day, the driver picked us up at the ship and took us to the train, but we were alone on the train, and met in Moscow by the guide on the station platform. After our tour and dinner, we were brought back to the train and after the return train trip met by the driver and taken back to the ship. Because you are alone on the train you must have your own Russian visas.

If this is your first visit to St. Petersburg, I would agree there is much more to see there. We found Moscow somewhat a disappointment, particularly Red Square. The Kremlin and the cathedral in Red Square were also worth seeing. But the best thing we saw was the Moscow subway! I worked for the Washington Metro system back in the 1980s as it grew from 40 to 80 miles and although I was in the computer area, I learned a lot about the challenges of running a subway system. We used the Moscow system to get across the city from where we had dinner to the train station, and I was amazed at the cleanliness', speed of operation, the short headways maintained, and the courtesy of everyone involved. A very impressive experience!

We had been to St. Petersburg before, and so had the time to take a day and go to Moscow. Also, I really like trains, and the SAPSAN is a German train set running on Russian rails. Seats are like first class domestic air, spacious but not too plush or comfortable, but with enough room. Not too much recline, and almost 8 hours on the train in two shots is a lot for an old man. They come through and sell drinks, candy, etc. but the sellers don't speak English and no one around us helped, so we had just poor coffee once coming, and brought stuff with us for the trip back. Not too much to see from the train either, particularly on the return when it is night the whole way.

If you decide to go, take a private tour and avoid the overly expensive ship's tour. I'm glad we did it, but wouldn't bother to repeat the tour; we've seen Moscow.

Thanks so much to all of you for the thorough and thought insight. Yhe information you have provided is most helpful.

countflorida: Your detailed post is very helpful. We are not quite ready for a Baltic cruise but should do so within a year. Time enough to do our pre travel research, bookings and visa gathering.:) Thank you!

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Sure would appreciate someone who has taken "Best of Moscow by high speed train" from St. Petersburg could please share their impressions of this shore excursion. From the description this sounds like a very long day.   Wondering how the 4 hour train trip was in terms of accommodations, etc. Also what time did you leave the ship and what time at night did you return? Were both legs of the trip on the high speed rail (I read that slower trains also travel the same tracks)?   My wife and I are considering this excursion. We thought that if we are making all the effort to go to Russia then how could we pass up going to Moscow, walking in Red Square, seeing St. Basil, etc.

I did this on Seabourn. IMO DONT. Take Aeroflop (er Aeroflot). The train has non folding seats where you are literally knee to knee with your fellow passenger (facing each other). Further they don't believe in air conditioning. It's also the worlds slowed bullet train. I think I would have found more enjoyment wandering around the St. Petersburg and Moscow airports.


This is a little off topic,, however we had planned a river cruise in Russia but decided we would rather stay on land and have booked about two weeks with Travel-All-Russia using the private guide and driver. I'm curious as to how you found them as a tour company.

The guides they provided were fine. We had a different guide each of the days in St. Petersburg, but both were flexible, pleasant, knowledgeable and spoke English very well, as did the guide in Moscow, incidentally. She was a bit aloof, distant, not too friendly, but otherwise fine. In fact, she was the one who suggested taking the Metro, which unexpectedly became one of the highlights of the Moscow excursion. If I have a complaint with AllTravelRussia, it is with their plan and its execution (more later).

I had requested emphasis on World War II (in Russia, the Great Patriotic War) sites and info. In scheduling us, they weren't careful about dates and a couple of the sites we wanted to see were scheduled on the third day, after we'd been to Moscow. But both sites were closed that day of the week, and that info was readily available, right on web sites describing them. Also, the included meals (lunches in St. Pete, dinner in Moscow) were not what we asked for: light meals with some choices, so we could avoid things we didn't like and choose things we did like. My request was ignored; we were given full Russian meals with a fixed menu, no choice. On the first day, a fish dish was the entre, but I am allergic to fish. Fortunately, I had the e-mail I'd sent with me and showed it to the guide, and she was able to change my entre to chicken, which was very good actually. But we didn't want a 3-4 course lunches or dinner (in Moscow). We had the guide drop the lunch the third day, although we never got any credit or refund. But, particularly in contrast to the ship's tours, the prices were so reasonable we didn't worry too much about it.

The people who were on the ship's tour to Moscow saw us boarding the same train for which they were forced to queue up and wait on the way back, and asked us what we had done. I was candid and open so they were not happy when I explained what we had arranged and particularly what it had cost. Also, when we returned to the ship, we found they had laid on a late supper for those who had gone to Moscow, so up we went and had something. Well, it turns out the late supper was supposed to be just for those on the ship's tour, but we and others on 'independent' tours, there were a dozen or more of us, crashed the party, actually got there first, and they didn't realize it until the larger group arrived and there weren't enough tables/places set. By that time, the 'independents' had all gotten served and were eating; what could they do?

A couple from the larger group sat down with us and asked us about our tour, and they were the ones I told about our arrangement and its cost. They turned to others who’d been with them and announced the details, loudly enough so the whole room heard, which started a lot of bitching and complaining. I gathered they weren't very happy with the ship's tour to begin with, and this was the straw that broke the camel's back. We finished up and beat it out of there, but overheard later that one of the excursion staff came to check on something and ran into a real mess. I caught a cold on the trip, which forced me to bed the second day following in Tallinn, so by the time we reappeared we heard about the contretemps' but apparently no one recalled who started it, thankfully.

Because of what happened to us, I would probably not use AllTravelRussia if I were to go again, or if I did, I would be sure to get confirmation of every detail of the tour. They do have good reviews generally, and we were certainly helped by their visa department and liked the guides and drivers. Their weakness, I say now with full 20:20 hindsight, is that once the sales person who plans the tour, sells it to you and collects your money, he (or she) transfers the plan to their Russia office for implementation; there is no follow-up to make sure it gets done right. And that is where our problems arose; we paid for a custom tour but got a standard package with a few destinations switched, and no one checked them out, even to see when they were open the day we were scheduled to go. If you check every detail that’s important to you, it should be OK, but that’s a hell of a way to have to do business, in my opinion.

Thank you for the 20/20 hindsight observation on your Russian tour operator, and better priced than the ship's excursion cost.

Thanks very much for the feedback.

We had the same experience as you so far as price. We originally booked a Viking Cruise but, hearing some things about the river cruises that made us unhappy, looked into other options. T-A-R cost the same or less than a cruise and had us in hotels for 11 days. We opted for the private tour. They have three tour levels, based on hotels. We originally opted for the four star as it did not cost much more than the three star hotels. Finally we decided to throw it all in and upgraded to five star. In Moscow we will be at the newly opened Kempinsky which is two blocks from Red Square. In St. Petersburg it is the Grand Hotel Europe, one of the most vaunted luxury hotels in Russia. Location is important for us as the tours use up only part of the day so being in the center of everything for our independent touring is important. As with many other cities, the less you pay, the farther out of the center of town you are.

We have been working with our salesman in D.C. and he seems to get back to us with the changes we want. He recently returned from Russia so is up on everything. When I asked they said they paid the full TA commission if I wanted so I got my usual TA on board so he is watching our back and giving us that extra level of comfort. He also set up our air, which I know pays him little or nothing, and got us business class for much less than T-A-R wanted for economy, though it took working for a while with a consolidator. He's happy to get his 10 percent on this trip without having booked it. He also took care of the trip insurance. We've been doing a lot of research on the CC sister site Trip Advisor and will write a report there. We will, I guess, become a source of info for CC members after having spent 5 days in Moscow and 6 in SP.

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Very informative. Thanks dor sharing. Jeff

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Exploring Moscow: A journey through time

Moscow is a city that captivates the senses and enriches the soul, offering a journey through history, culture, and modern marvels. Whether you’re exploring its grand landmarks, indulging in its vibrant festivals, or simply soaking in the atmosphere, Moscow promises an unforgettable adventure writes DIVYA BHATIA

Moscow, the pulsating heart of Russia, is a city where history and modernity dance together in a spectacular ballet. From the majestic Kremlin to the lively boulevards, every inch of Moscow whispers tales of its storied past and bustling present. My exploration of this enigmatic city was nothing short of magical, packed with cultural delights and historical wonders that left me spellbound.

Moscow greets its visitors not just with its iconic landmarks but also with a vibrant cultural scene. The Moscow Tea Time project, for instance, offers a taste of local tradition with its distinctive red and gold porcelain teapots, serving up an array of tea blends and traditional pastries. It’s a cozy experience that warms you from the inside out. Meanwhile, the Moscow Estates project hosts festivals in historic estates, offering a chance to immerse yourself in Russia’s rich heritage through everything from ancient games to modern concerts. These experiences transform a visit to Moscow into a journey through time, leaving you enriched and enchanted.

Moscow’s storied past breathes life into its present

Moscow, the capital of Russia, boasts a rich history that continues to shape its vibrant, modern identity. First mentioned in 1147, Moscow began as a modest settlement but quickly grew into a significant trade and political hub. By the late 13th century, it became the centre of a principality, eventually transforming into the heart of the Grand Duchy of Moscow. Its rise continued solidifying Moscow’s status as the capital of a centralized Russian state. Despite Peter the Great shifting the capital to St. Petersburg in 1712, Moscow remained crucial, playing a key role in Russia’s national identity and resilience, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars in 1812.

Following the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917, Moscow resumed its role as Russia’s capital and became the epicentre of the Soviet Union. The city experienced vast industrialization and became a symbol of Soviet power, marked by landmarks such as the Kremlin and the Lenin Mausoleum. Post-Soviet Moscow, emerging after 1991, embraced economic transformation and cultural revitalization, becoming a dynamic metropolis that intertwines historical richness with contemporary life.

Moscow’s history is vividly present in its architecture, such as the Kremlin and St. Basil’s Cathedral, and its cultural institutions like the State Historical Museum and the Bolshoi Theatre. Monuments and public spaces commemorate significant events and figures, creating a living narrative that enriches the daily lives of Muscovites. Historical districts like Kitay-Gorod preserve the city’s heritage while coexisting with modern development. Through its streets, buildings, and public events, Moscow’s past remains an integral part of its vibrant present, making it a city where history and modernity coexist harmoniously.

Moscow is a traveller’s paradise

Moscow today is a vibrant and welcoming city that offers a rich blend of history, culture, and modernity, making it a friendly destination for visitors from around the world. The city’s efficient public transportation system, including its world-renowned metro with opulent stations, ensures easy navigation through its many attractions. Tourists can explore iconic sites such as the Kremlin, Red Square, and Saint Basil’s Cathedral, while also enjoying the city’s diverse culinary scene, which ranges from traditional Russian fare to international cuisines. Moscow’s green spaces, like Gorky Park and the Moscow River embankments, provide tranquil settings for relaxation and recreation. Additionally, the city’s hospitality industry offers a wide array of accommodations, from luxurious hotels to cozy boutique options, all known for their warm service. The cultural landscape is rich with theatres, museums, and galleries that cater to a variety of tastes, ensuring that every traveller finds something to marvel at. Whether one is drawn to the grand architecture, the bustling arts scene, or the vibrant nightlife, Moscow is a city that warmly embraces its visitors, making it a must-visit for any avid traveller.

Must-See Attractions

The Moscow Kremlin and Red Square

The Kremlin and Red Square are the heart and soul of Moscow, a UNESCO World Heritage site that dazzles with its grandeur and historical significance. From the moment you lay eyes on the Kremlin’s ruby stars and ancient tiles, you’re transported back in time. The Tsar Cannon and Tsar Bell greet you as you enter, relics of Russia’s imperial past that stand as a testament to its powerful history. The Armoury Chamber, brimming with treasures like the Fabergé eggs and royal regalia, offers a glittering glimpse into the opulence of the czarist era.

No visit to Moscow is complete without a stroll through Red Square, where the whimsical domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral create a fantastical skyline. Lenin’s Mausoleum, where the Soviet leader rests, adds a poignant touch to the experience. The Historical Museum and the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat add layers to the rich tapestry of Russian history.

Zaryadye Park

Just a stone’s throw from Red Square, Zaryadye Park blends natural beauty with futuristic architecture. This modern park offers breathtaking views of the Kremlin and the Moskva River, making it a perfect spot for a leisurely afternoon.

Church of the Ascension in Kolomenskoye

Venturing beyond the city center, the Church of the Ascension in Kolomenskoye stands as a marvel of Russian architecture. Built to commemorate the birth of Ivan the Terrible, this church is one of the first hipped roof temples in Russia and offers a serene escape from the city’s hustle and bustle.

Kolomenskoye Museum-Reserve

Even with the Church of the Ascension under restoration, the Kolomenskoye Museum-Reserve provides a rich array of historical treasures. The palace of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich, the Falcon Court, and the beekeeper’s estate are just a few of the attractions that make this verdant park a delightful retreat.

Don’t let the acronym fool you-VDNKh, or the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy, is a must-see. This sprawling complex is a testament to Soviet and Russian progress, featuring exhibitions that span from agricultural innovations to space exploration. Pavilion 75, with its focus on the diverse regions of Russia, and the Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre, with its detailed exhibits on space travel, are particularly captivating.

The Moscow Eye

For a panoramic view of Moscow, the Moscow Eye is unbeatable. This Ferris wheel provides a bird’s-eye view of the city, offering a unique perspective on its sprawling urban landscape and architectural marvels.

Kolomenskoye Estate

This former royal estate is a beautiful blend of gardens and ancient structures, offering a tranquil escape steeped in history and charm.

Activities to Enjoy Crave Theatre

In the heart of Moscow, Crave Theatre stands as a beacon of contemporary theatrical arts. Known for its innovative and avant-garde performances, this intimate venue is a must-visit for culture enthusiasts. Be sure to book in advance, as tickets sell out quickly.

Shopping in Moscow

Moscow is a shopper’s paradise, offering everything from high-end boutiques to traditional markets. Explore GUM and TSUM for luxury brands, or head to the “Made in Moscow” shop for unique local goods. The Tsvetnoy department store is perfect for cutting-edge fashion, with regular events and pop-up markets that attract the city’s fashionistas.

Boat Trip on the “Erwin River” Yacht

An evening cruise on the Moskva River offers a magical view of Moscow’s landmarks. The yacht provides a luxurious setting to enjoy the cityscape, from the Kremlin to the modern skyscrapers of Moscow City, all bathed in the glow of sunset.

Where to Stay

Baltschug Kempinski Hotel

Located along the Moskva River, Baltschug Kempinski Hotel offers a blend of historical charm and modern luxury. With stunning views of the Kremlin and Red Square, it provides an ideal base for exploring Moscow.

Lotte Hotel Moscow

Situated in the city center, Lotte Hotel Moscow combines elegance with convenience. Its spacious rooms, excellent dining options, and top-notch amenities make it a standout choice for both leisure and business travellers.

Visa Information

Getting a visa for Moscow is a straightforward process, and there are plans to introduce visa-free group tourist exchanges soon. For more details, visit https://electronic-visa.kdmid.ru/index_en.html

Traveling Within Moscow

The Moscow Metro is a marvel in itself, with ornate stations that are a joy to explore. Each station is a work of art, reflecting the grandeur and cultural heritage of Russia. From the neoclassical splendor of Komsomolskaya to the sleek elegance of Mayakovskaya, traveling on the metro is an experience in its own right.

Dining Delights

Tajj Mahal Restaurant

For a taste of India in Moscow, head to Tajj Mahal on Arbat Street. The restaurant offers a delightful blend of Indian flavors that feels like a slice of home.

SIXTY Restaurant

Perched high in the Federation Tower, SIXTY offers panoramic views of Moscow along with an unforgettable dining experience.

Pushkin Restaurant

Known for its traditional Russian cuisine, Pushkin Restaurant is a must-visit. Themed rooms like the Garden Setting and Library add to its unique charm.

Briquette Market Food Court

Located in the vibrant Tsvetnoy Boulevard area, this food court offers a variety of gourmet options, including delicious Indian cuisine.

“Vse Len’” Restaurant

Within the VDNKh complex, this restaurant is a beautiful spot surrounded by natural beauty, offering a perfect midday break with delightful dishes.

BAGEBI Restaurant

For an authentic Georgian dining experience, BAGEBI in Moscow is the place to be. With warm hospitality and traditional Georgian dishes, it’s a culinary gem not to be missed.

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