All You Need To Know About Ganga Vilas, World's Longest River Cruise

The cruise, with a capacity of 80 passengers, is a luxury river cruise vessel with 18 suites
Representative Image. Credit Shutterstock
Representative Image. Credit Shutterstock

The world's longest river cruise&ndashGanga Vilas&ndashfrom Varanasi to Dibrugarh via Bangladesh is all set to be flagged off on January 13 by PM Narendra Modi. The cruise, with a capacity of 80 passengers, is a luxury river cruise vessel with 18 suites and all other associated facilities.

"This will be a unique cruise in the world and a reflection of growing cruise tourism in India. I request the people of West Bengal to take the benefit of this," PM Modi said while announcing multiple projects for West Bengal via video conference a few days back.

Here is all you need to know about the world's longest river cruise.

The Route
The cruise ship will travel 3200 kilometres in 50 days and pass 27 river systems in Bangladesh and India. Tourists will have the chance to explore more than 50 noteworthy architectural sites, including world heritage sites.

What All Can You Expect
The experience of the tourists on board will be even more memorable since the cruise will pass past national parks and sanctuaries like the Sundarbans Delta and the Kaziranga National Park. A gym, a spa, an open-air observation deck, and other fancy amenities will also be available on the cruise.

The Timetable
The Ganga Vilas Cruise departs from Varanasi and travels through Buxar, Ramnagar, and Ghazipur before arriving in Patna on the eighth day. The cruise would depart from Patna for Kolkata and arrive at the capital of West Bengal on day 20 after travelling through Farakka and Murshidabad. It will leave for Dhaka and cross into Bangladesh the following day. It will spend the next 15 days in the territorial seas. It will then sail through Sibsagar and return to India through Guwahati before arriving at its final destination of Dibrugarh.

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