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Boat trips on the Ganges

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All along the ghats, and especially at the main ones such as Dashaswamedh, the prices of boat (bajra) rental are highly inflated, with local boatmen under pressure from touts to fleece tourists and pilgrims. There’s a police counter at the top of Dashaswamedh, but the lack of government tourist assistance means that renting a boat to catch the dawn can be a bit of a free-for-all, and haggling is essential. There is an official rate, determined by UP Tourism, of Rs50 per hour for a small (one- to four-person) boat, Rs75 for a larger (five- to ten-person) one, but you won’t find a boatman who’ll agree to it.

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