Ganga Vilas, world’s longest cruise tour, will be flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday (January 13), Information and Public Relations Department of Uttar Pradesh said on Thursday.
The cruise will take off from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh to Dibrugarh in Assam via Bangladesh. The cruise will be flagged off from the jetty boarding point opposite to Ravidas Ghat. Here are the key points of the Ganga Vilas cruise tour.
The World’s Longest River Cruise from Varanasi on River Ganga to Dibrugarh on River Brahmaputra.
🚢Boarding : 10th Jan and will reach Dibrugarh on 1st Mar.
🛳️The cruise goes via : Patna, Kolkata, Dhaka,
Dhubri, Guwahati, Majuli Island. pic.twitter.com/sMaPKkOQhh
— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) January 6, 2023
Total distance and places it’ll cover
Ganga Vilas Cruise will cover a total distance of 3,200 km, the longest journey in the world by a cruise.After leaving Varanasi, it will pass through Ghazipur, Buxar and Patna before reaching Kolkata.The cruise will stay on Bangladesh rivers for a fortnight and thereafter will return to India via Guwahati and reach Dibrugarh, the department said.The journey from Varanasi to Dibrugarh will take a total of 50 days including 14 days halt in Bangladesh.On the way, this cruise will stop at more than 50 places, including World Heritage Sites.It will also pass through national parks and sanctuaries. These include Sundarban Delta and Kaziranga National Park.The cruise would sail on two of the greatest rivers of India–Ganga and Brahmaputra.
During the 51 – day itinerary, #GangaVilas cruise 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. pic.twitter.com/R6aaUPFbt3
— Ministry of Tourism (@tourismgoi) January 8, 2023
Capacity, suites and amenities
The capacity of Ganga Vilas, according to the official website, is 80 passengers.The yacht is a luxurious river cruiser with 18 suites and all necessary amenities. There will be a lavish restaurant, spa, and sundeck on the ship as well. There are a few buffet counters with Continental and Indian cuisine in its 40-seat restaurant on the Main Deck.According to officials, the Upper Deck’s outdoor setting includes a bar with Real Teak Steamer Chairs and coffee tables that are sufficient to provide passengers with a one-of-a-kind cruise experience.There are 18 elegantly decorated suites on the ship. It was constructed with a distinctive style and a futuristic outlook. Ganga Vilas pioneers the boutique experiences on the river by fusing traditional and contemporary conveniences with minimalistic decor.The apartments feature tranquil interiors with chosen colour schemes. According to representatives of the UP tourism agency, these are equipped with a variety of facilities like a bathroom with a shower, convertible beds, a French balcony, an LED TV, a safe, smoke alarms, life vests and sprinklers.
This is Ganga Vilas River luxury cruise from Kashi to Dibrugarh via Dhaka , total 4000 Km s in 50 days … Incredible India .. pic.twitter.com/1dxOzWkKHz
— Deepak kapoor IAS (@Deepakk75058621) January 3, 2023
To give an idea, the fare price of the “Incredible Benaras” package by the same company, Antara, starts from ₹1,12,000. The four-day journey takes place between Varanasi and Kaithi.
The cruise had been promoted since 2018 and was supposed to be launched in 2020. However, the project got delayed due to COVID-19 pandemic.
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