On 13th January 2023, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the world's longest river cruise Ganga Vilas from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh to Dibrugarh, Assam.
The Ganga Vilas cruise will travel 3,200 kilometers from Uttar Pradesh to Dibrugarh.
It will make stops at more than 50 significant architectural locations, that includes World Heritage Sites, as it will travel through rivers of India and Bangladesh.
The Sundarbans Delta and Kaziranga National Park are two national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.
The Ganga Vilas cruise, which departed Kolkata on December 22 with 32 Swiss visitors abroad, will arrive in Varanasi on 6th January.
According to the Director of Ganga Vilas Cruises, Raj Singh, Swiss visitors will travel to Varanasi to explore spiritual and religious sites.
The Uttar Pradesh government was striving to improve the amenities for visitors to Varanasi.
Tickets for the Ganga Vilas cruise are available on Antara Luxury River Cruises' website. According to reports, the average Ganga Vilas ticket price is about Rs 25,000 per person per night. The stretch of beaches, the lush green mangroves, the migrating birds and turtles, the freshwater dolphins, the meandering water courses, and the tranquil surroundings interrupted by the chirping of birds are just a few of the attractions offered by Ganga Vilas Cruises.
The cruise will travel through 27 river systems in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Bangladesh, and Assam, including the three major rivers Ganga, Meghna, and Brahmaputra.
The itinerary of the Ganga Vilas Cruise offers a remarkable opportunity to explore the rich diversity of India, from the historic Ganga Arti in Varanasi to Sarnath, an important Buddhist pilgrimage site. The Cruise will take travelers through Mayong, famed for its Tantric arts and crafts, and Majuli in Assam, the largest inhabited river island in the world and a center of Vaishnavite culture. Travelers may also visit Bihar School of Yoga and Vikramshila University to revel in India's spiritual and educational legacy. The cruise will also sail through two World Heritage Sites – Sunderbans and Kaziranga National Park – renowned for their abundant wildlife, particularly Royal Bengal Tigers and elephants.
The cruise will pass through the river systems of Bhagirathi, Hooghly, Bidyavati, Malata, and Sundarbans as it travels through West Bengal. The incredible journey through water will come to an end in Dibrugarh, estimated on 1st March 2023, after flowing through Bangladesh's Meghna, Padma, and Jamuna rivers before joining the Brahmaputra in Assam.
Ganga Vilas Cruise will open employment opportunities for the local people in India & Bangladesh.
In January, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the world's longest river cruise, the Ganga Vilas, which travels from Varanasi to Dibrugarh via Bangladesh. During the voyage of the cruise ship, tourists will be able to visit over 50 architecturally significant sites, including world heritage sites, which cover 3200 km in 50 days and pass through 27 river systems in India and Bangladesh.
It will cover prominent destinations that lie along Kolkata's River Hooghly to Varanasi's River Ganges, according to Antara, a company that organizes luxury river cruises.
Day 1- Varanasi
Day 8- Patna (pass through Buxar, Ramnagar, and Ghazipur)
Day 20:-Kolkata (via Farakka and Murshidabad)
Till Day 35- Dhaka and Bangladesh
Day 50- Dibrugarh(via Guwahati and pass through Sibsagar)
Traveling along the Ganga River, passengers will witness the famous Ganga Aarti in Varanasi. Other sites of devotion include a visit to Sarnath and Mayong, known for its Tantric craft.
Majuli, the largest river island in Assam, is a center of Vaishnavite culture. Bihar School of Yoga and Vikramshila University provide passengers with an immersive experience into the depths of the rich spiritual and intellectual heritage of India.
Sunderbans, a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO due to its incredible biodiversity - offers an opportunity to glimpse the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger and the one-horn rhino at Kaziranga National Park.
The vessel is 62 meters in length and 12 meters in width and comfortably sails with a draft of 1.4 meters.
Distance to be covered- 3200 km
Route- Varanasi to Dibrugarh via Bangladesh
Duration of the Cruise- 50 days
Date to reach Dibrugarh- March 1,2023
Other facilities- Music, cultural programs, a gym, a spa, an open-air observation deck, personalized butler service, etc.
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