The proposed route will travel from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh to Dibrugarh in Assam via Bangladesh and would be the longest luxury river cruise in the world. In an effort to accelerate the development of India’s interior waterways, the government plans to launch the service the following year.
In-depth details about Beginning in January, the world’s longest luxury cruise will go from Varanasi to Assam via Bangladesh:
Beginning on January 10, the boat will travel 4,000 kilometres in 50 days, departing from Varanasi. According to a report, it would go through Kolkata and Dhaka before arriving in Bogibeel on March 1 in the Dibrugarh district of the eastern Indian state of Assam.
“The Ganga Vilas cruise will travel 50 days, across 27 river systems, from Varanasi to Dibrugarh, stopping at more than 50 tourist destinations, including World Heritage Sites. According to the minister of ports, shipping, and waterways Sarbananda Sonowal, this will be the largest river voyage undertaken by a single river ship in the history of the globe and would put both Bangladesh and India on the world river cruise map.
The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has signed an agreement with Antara Luxury River Cruises & JM Baxi River Cruises for the initiative. The ticket price would be determined by the operators without the Centre’s intervention, the report added. The Varanasi-Dibrugarh cruise is expected to be run on a public-private partnership (PPP) model.
“All types of visitors will be made comfortable by the service. Additionally, the Indian Vessel Act modification would grant cruise lines federal permission that would allow them to travel freely between states “And Sonowal.
Cruise ships will have a national permit to travel freely between states when the Indian Vessel Act was amended, he noted.
Beginning in Varanasi, the cruise will travel through Buxar, Ramnagar, and Ghazipur before arriving in Patna on the eighth day. Before entering India, the boat would travel over 1,100 kilometres through Bangladesh. The Indo-Bangladesh Protocol Route, which has already opened commerce and transit corridors between the two nations on the Ganga and Brahmaputra rivers, would make this possible.