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MV Ganga Vilas: All you need to know about the luxury cruise that PM Modi will inaugurate on January 13

MV Ganga Vilas: The cruise is set to travel through major cities like Patna in Bihar, Sahibganj in Jharkhand, Kolkata in West Bengal, among others.

Hritika Mitra Edited By: Hritika Mitra @MitraHritika New Delhi Updated on: January 09, 2023 14:53 IST
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Image Source : @AIRNEWSALERTS MV Ganga Vilas

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the world's longest river cruise with MV Ganga Vilas on January 13 from Varanasi, Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said. According to the Minister, the luxury cruise will cover a distance of more than 3,200 kms across 27 river systems in 5 states in India and Bangladesh. 

Speaking about the cruise, Sonowal said, "Under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we are exploring the immense wealth that our rich river system has to offer. This avenue of sustainable development via inland waterways has received a tremendous boost as efforts to augment cargo traffic as well as passenger tourism has borne fruit with encouraging results. The MV Ganga Vilas cruise is a step towards unlocking the huge potential river tourism in the country has to offer," Sonowal said.

India Tv - The route that the MV Ganga Vilas cruise will take.

Image Source : MINISTRY OF PORTS, SHIPPING AND WATERWAYThe route that the MV Ganga Vilas cruise will take.

Here is all you need to know

  1. MV Ganga Vilas is the world's longest river cruise. The vessel is 62 meters in length, 12 meters in width and comfortably sails with a draft of 1.4 meters. It has three decks, 18 suites on board with a capacity of 36 tourists, with all the amenities to provide a memorable and luxurious experience for the tourists," the statement said. 
  2. The cruise is planned for 51 days cruise and will visit 50 tourist spots including World Heritage Sights, National Parks, river Ghats. 
  3. The cruise is set to travel through major cities like Patna in Bihar, Sahibganj in Jharkhand, Kolkata in West Bengal, Dhaka in Bangladesh and Guwahati in Assam. The MV Ganga Vilas will stop at Sarnath from the famous "Ganga Arti" in Varanasi.
  4. The country's rich heritage will get further transcended in the global stage as tourists will be able to experience the spiritual, the educational, the well-being, the cultural as well as the richness of the biodiversity of India.
  5. "From Kashi to Sarnath, from Majuli to Mayong, from Sunderbans to Kaziranga, this cruise packs an experience of a lifetime. I believe that this wonderful initiative, is the beginning of a new era in river cruise tourism in India and strengthening our government's commitment to enabling Act East, both through policy and practice," Sonowal said. 
  6. The expected date of arrival of MV Ganga Vilas in Dibrugarh is on 1st March, 2023 while the maiden voyage of MV Ganga Vilas will witness 32 tourists from Switzerland relishing the Varanasi to Dibrugarh journey. 
  7. It will also cover Mayong, known for its Tantric craft, and Majuli, the largest river island and hub of Vaishnavite culture in Assam. The travelers will also visit the Bihar School of Yoga and Vikramshila University, allowing them to soak in the rich Indian heritage in spirituality and knowledge. 
  8. According to the statement, the global River cruise market has grown at ~5 per cent over the last few years and is expected to constitute ~37 per cent of cruise market by 2027. 
  9. In India, 8 river cruise vessels are operational between Kolkata and Varanasi while cruise movement is also operation on National Waterways 2 (Brahmaputra). Tourism activities like river rafting, camping, sightseeing, kayaking and so on are operation in many spots in the country.
  10. The construction of 10 passengers terminals across NW2 are going on which will further bolster the prospect of river cruise. At present, four river cruise vessels are operational in NW2 while it is operating in limited capacity in NW3 (West Coast Canal), NW8, NW 4, NW 87, NW 97, and NW 5. 

(with inputs from ANI)

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