PM Modi Flags Off `MV Ganga Vilas` World’s Longest River Cruise

PM Modi Flags Off `MV Ganga Vilas` World’s Longest River Cruise

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January 14, 2023 - 8:05 am

MV Ganga Vilas` Is A New Age Of Tourism In India On River Ganga


Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off MV Ganga Vilas - “world’s longest river cruise” - for its maiden journey from the Indian spiritual city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh to Dibrugarh in Assam on Friday via video conference. The opulent voyage will leave from Varanasi and travel over 3,200 kilometres via 27 different river systems in five distinct Indian and Bangladeshi areas. The beginning of the world’s longest river cruise service on river Ganga is a landmark moment which will herald a new age of tourism in India. 


Journey of MV Ganga Vilas

The 3,200-mile, 51-day journey of the MV Ganga Vilas cruise ship from Varanasi to Dibrugarh will take place along 27 different river systems and many different states. 50 tourism attractions will be visited during the trip, including Patna in Bihar, Sahibganj in Jharkhand, Kolkata in West Bengal, Dhaka in Bangladesh, and Guwahati in Assam, as well as World Heritage sites, national parks, river ghats, and significant cities. It will make pit calls at famous Buddhist sites like Sarnath, Varanasi's Ganga Arti, and even Majuli, Assam's biggest river island. Additionally, the travellers will visit the Bihar School of Yoga and Vikramshila University. In addition to Kaziranga National Park, the Sunderbans in the Bay of Bengal delta will also be visited during the tour. The ship will be able to travel more than 1,100 kilometres through Bangladesh thanks to the Indo-Bangladesh Protocol Route, which has already opened up trade and transit routes between the two close neighbours.


Features of MV Ganga Vilas

The MV Ganga Vilas ship can sail comfortably thanks to its 62-meter length, 12-meter width, and 1.4-meter depth. It is the epitome of luxury. The ship has 18 suites with locally made furniture and fixtures, some of which are also made along the Ganga, and is fashioned in a mid-century modern style. The ship's interior is painted in vibrant shades of magenta, blue, and yellow that complement the diverse cultures of the destinations to which the trip will visit. Noise cancellation technology and a pollution-free system are also included in the cruise. The Ganga Vilas Cruise offers its passengers a spa where they can relax while travelling in addition to the aforementioned amenities that define the ship's elegance. Additionally, guests will be able to savour delectable food that is inspired by the different places the ship stops at. The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), a branch of the Ministry of Shipping, Ports, and Waterways, has given the project its support (MoPSW). However, it will be managed by business owners.


Other Cruises in India

In addition to the Ganga Vilas Cruise, there are additional cruise ships that go through Indian rivers. The Guwahati to Jorhat-Dibrugarh route of the 10-night Brahmaputra river cruise departs from. This trip stops at the former territory of the Ahom kings, Sibsagar, Majuli Island, and Kaziranga National Park. The schedule also includes excursions to the well-known silk-weaving communities of Tezpur and Sualkuchi. Western India's Mandovi River Cruise offers tourists the chance to learn more about Goan culture. In addition to the Ganga Vilas Cruise, there are additional cruise ships that go through Indian rivers. The Guwahati to Jorhat-Dibrugarh route of the 10-night Brahmaputra river cruise departs from. This trip stops at the former territory of the Ahom kings, Sibsagar, Majuli Island, and Kaziranga National Park. The schedule also includes excursions to the well-known silk-weaving communities of Tezpur and Sualkuchi. Western India's Mandovi River Cruise offers tourists the chance to learn more about Goan culture.


River Tourism in India

The Indian government has taken a number of steps to support the growth of the cruise tourist sector in the nation, including infrastructural improvements, elimination of eviction costs, the availability of e-visa facilities, priority berthing for cruise ships, and rationalisation of port fees. From the current 0.4 million passengers, India intends to increase that number to 4 million. In the upcoming years, it is anticipated that the economic potential of cruise tourism will increase from $110 million to $5.5 billion. The industry will create employment prospects in the hinterland, highlighting the need to boost river cruise tourism in the nation. For maximum exposure and quick growth of this industry in the nation, river tourism circuits are aimed at being constructed and connected with the already-existing tourism circuits.

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