Ganga Vilas sails as Varanasi-Dibrugarh cruise
Polity & Governance
20th Jan, 2023
The Prime Minister is set to flag off the Ganga river cruise from Varanasi.
- Named as: The Ganga Vilas.
- The cruise will cover 3,200 km, crossing 27 river systems from Varanasi to Dibrugarh in Assam.
- The 51-day cruise, being pitched as the world’s longest river cruise, is expected to reach its final destination — Dibrugarh in Assam, on March 1.
- The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways is the coordinator of this ship tourism project.
- The voyage is packed with visits to 50 tourist spots, including World Heritage spots, national parks, river ghats, and major cities like Patna in Bihar, Sahibganj in Jharkhand, Kolkata in West Bengal, Dhaka in Bangladesh and Guwahati in Assam.
- The famous sites will include; the famous Ganga Arti in Varanasi, the Buddhist site of Sarnath; and even Majuli, the largest river island in Assam.
- The travellers will also visit the Bihar School of Yoga and Vikramshila University.
- The cruise will traverse through the Sunderbans in the Bay of Bengal delta, as well as the Kaziranga National Park.
- The vessel has three decks, 18 suites on board with a capacity of 36 tourists, with all the luxury amenities.
- It will cost approximately 25, 000 per person per day.
It will develop river cruise tourism in the country, generate employment opportunities and river tourism circuits will be developed and integrated with the existing tourism circuits for maximum exposure and rapid development of this sector in the country.