Sunderbans to Sarnath: Ganga Vilas to cruise through 50 tourists spots in 51 days

Jan 13, 2023

By: Srishti Magan

​PM Modi flags off world’s longest river cruise

PM Modi flagged off the ship MV Ganga Vilas from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, for a luxury river cruise on January 13. It’s touted as the world’s longest river cruise.

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A 3,200-kms long river voyage

Ganga Vilas will sail across 27 river systems in India and Bangladesh. The 3,200-kms river voyage will end at Dibrugarh, Assam, on March 1.

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​‘Experience of a lifetime’

“Tourists will be able to experience the spiritual, the educational, the well-being, the cultural as well as the richness of the biodiversity of India. From Kashi to Sarnath, from Majuli to Mayong, from Sunderbans to Kaziranga, this cruise packs an experience of a lifetime,” Sarbananda Sonowal, Union minister of ports, shipping, and waterways, said in a press release.

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The maiden voyagers

32 tourists from Switzerland will embark from Varanasi on its maiden journey. As per reports, the tourists boarded on January 10, 2023, but PM Modi will officially flag it off on January 13.

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​Duration of the cruise

The cruise will last 51 days, covering cities like Patna in Bihar, Sahibganj in Jharkhand, Kolkata in West Bengal, Bangladesh's capital Dhaka and Guwahati in Assam.

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​Popular tourist destinations covered

The cruise will cover over 50 tourist spots including – world heritage spots, national parks, and river ghats. It will also include a tour of the famous Ganga Arti in Varanasi, the ancient Buddhist site of Sarnath; the Kaziranga National Park in Assam, and the mangroves of Sunderbans.

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​The cost

Reports state that the tickets are priced at ₹12.59 lakh per person. While it’s not clear how many people can be accommodated in a suite, reports indicate that Swiss tourists paid a whopping ₹38 lakh per suite. It’s also booked for 2 years and reservations are only available against cancellation, Antara Luxury said.

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​The facilities on MC Ganga Vilas

There are three decks and 18 suites on the luxury cruiser. Reports also state the cruise has a lavish restaurant, spa, sundeck, and a 40-seat restaurant on the main deck.

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​Other luxury cruises by Antara

Antara Cruises, the company that runs the Ganga River cruise, offers 9 other luxury cruises, like the 5-day-long Sunderbans Jungle cruise, with fares starting from ₹1 lakh. The fares for the 4-day-long Incredible Banaras tour start from ₹1.12 lakh.

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