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MV Ganga Vilas: PM Flags Off World’s Longest River Cruise, Trip Costs 20 Lakhs

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi used video conferencing to launch the MV Ganga Vilas, the world’s longest river cruise, in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi today. The inaugural journey will take 32 Swiss tourists to Dibrugarh, Assam, via Bangladesh.

It will cost between 25,000 and 50,000 per day, with the total cost for the 51-day journey coming to around 20 lakh for each passenger, according to the cruise’s Director Raj Singh.

 

The cruise had been advertised since 2018 and was scheduled to debut in 2020. However, the project was pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The luxury boat will travel 3,200 kilometres in 50 days along 27 Indian river systems, including the Ganga-Bhagirathi-Hooghly, Brahmaputra, and West Coast Canal.

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The ship will also have a luxurious restaurant, spa, and sundeck. In its 40-seat restaurant on the Main Deck, there are a few buffet counters serving Continental and Indian cuisine. According to officials, the outdoor setting on the Upper Deck includes a bar with Real Teak Steamer Chairs and coffee tables, which is enough to provide passengers with a one-of-a-kind cruise experience.

10 Facts You Need To Know About MV Ganga Vilas and Trip Cost:

On the banks of the Ganga in Varanasi, the Prime Minister inaugurated a ‘Tent City’ modelled after similar structures in Gujarat’s Kutch and Rajasthan. Over 200 tents will provide tourists with a panoramic view of the holy city’s ghats on the other side of the river, as well as live classical music, evening ‘aarti,’ and yoga sessions. He also laid the groundwork for several inland waterway projects worth over a billion rupees.

The MV Ganga Vilas is India’s first cruise vessel. It will cover 3,200 kilometres in 51 days. The 32 Swiss tourists who will embark on the first voyage were greeted at the Varanasi port with garlands and shehnai tunes. Before embarking on the cruise, they will visit various religious and historical sites in Varanasi.

According to the cruise’s Director Raj Singh, this five-star moving hotel has 18 suites with a capacity of 36 tourists. Aside from that, it can accommodate 40 crew members. The modernist ship measures 62 metres in length, 12 metres in width, and has a draught of 1.4 metres.

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The cruise ship also has amenities such as a spa, salon, and gym. It will cost between 25,000 and 50,000 per day, with a total cost of around 20 lakh for each passenger for the 51-day journey, according to Raj Singh. He also mentioned that the cruise has a pollution-free system and noise-control technology.

The cruise includes a sewage treatment plant to ensure that no sewage flows into the Ganges, as well as a filtration plant that purifies Ganga water for bathing and other uses, according to the cruise director.

According to Sarbananda Sonowal, this cruise is the culmination of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of making waterways a source of development for the nation. More than 100 waterways are being developed across India to facilitate the development of the waterway’s ecosystem, which will lead to more cruise tourism, boost local businesses along river banks, and lead to the growth of local economies, he said.

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