Tour’s longest luxury cruise to start from Varanasi in The month of january (Representative image)
Starting on January 10, the cruise will cover 4, 000-km long and will 50 days to complete the journey from Varanasi. It will pass through Kolkata and Dhaka before reaching Bogibeel in the Dibrugarh district of India’s eastern state Assam on March 1, according to a report in LiveMint.
“Ganga Vilas luxury cruise will sail from Varanasi to Dibrugarh in the greatest river trip of fifty days covering 27 water systems plus visit over 50 tourist sites including World Heritage Sites. This will be the single largest lake journey by a single river ship in the world and would put both India and Bangladesh on the particular river cruise trip map associated with the world, ” minister of ports, shipping plus waterways Sarbananda Sonowal said in an interview with Mint.
The Varanasi-Dibrugarh cruise is expected to be run on the public-private partnership (PPP) model. The government’s Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has signed an agreement with Antara Luxury River Cruises and JM Baxi River Cruises for the initiative. The ticket price would end up being decided simply by the operators without Centre’s intervention, the report added.
“The service will certainly facilitate all kinds of tourists. Moreover, with the particular amendment in order to Indian Vessel Act, cruise lines would have a national permit to move seamlessly across states, ” Sonowal additional.
After the amendment associated with the Indian Vessel Act, cruise liners would have a national permit to move seamlessly across states, he added.
The cruise will start in Varanasi and reach Patna on the 8th day passing through Buxar, Ramnagar, and Ghazipur. The cruise will protect almost 1, 100 km in Bangladesh before entering Indian. This will be possible under the Indo-Bangladesh Protocol Route, which has already opened trade and transit channels connecting the two countries on Ganga and Brahamaputra rivers.