Varanasi: MV Ganga Vilas, the world’s longest river cruise, set to unlock the potential and script a new age of river cruise tourism in India, will be flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 13.
All you need to know:
- The cruise decked with luxury will cover 3,200 km across 27 river systems in five states of India and Bangladesh.
- The 51-day cruise will cover 50 tourist spots including World Heritage Sites, National Parks, and River Ghats.
- Some of the spots include Ganga Aarti, Sarnath, Mayong, known for its Tantric craft, and Majuli, the largest river island and hub of Vaishnavite culture in Assam.
- The cruise will touch cities like Patna, Sahibganj, Kolkata, Dhaka in Bangladesh and Guwahati in Assam.
- The vessel will sail along three major waterways in the sub-continent: National Waterway 1 over the Ganga-Bhagirathi-Hooghly River system, the Indo-Bangla Protocol Route from Kolkata to Dhubri, and National Waterway 2 over Brahmaputra.
- MV Ganga Vilas vessel is 62 meters in length, 12 meters in width, and comfortably sails with a draft of 1.4 meters.
- A complete package of India’s rich tourism experience with the comforts provided by 18 suites on board with a capacity to accommodate 36 tourists.
- The vessel is equipped with pollution-free mechanisms and noise control technologies.
- The maiden voyage will witness 32 tourists from Switzerland relishing the Varanasi to Dibrugarh journey.
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