PM Modi flags of world’s longest river cruise MV Ganga Vilas in Varanasi

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PM Modi used video conferencing to officially launch the world’s longest river cruise, the MV Ganga Vilas, in Varanasi today. 

The flag-off ceremony will attended by Ports, Shipping, and Waterways Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, as well as other ministers and senior officials from various ministries and departments.

All you need to know about the Ganga Vilas cruise: 

1) The MV Ganga Vilas cruise is a one-of-a-kind cruise experience.

2) India cannot defined in words; it must experienced from the heart, Prime Minister Modi tells foreign tourists on the MV Ganga Vilas river cruise.

3) The MV Ganga Vilas will depart from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and travel 3,200 kilometers in 51 days to Dibrugarh in Assam via Bangladesh.

4) It has 18 suites on board with a capacity of 36 passengers and all of the luxury amenities.

5) According to PM Modi, the MV Ganga Vilas cruise service will boost tourism and create new job opportunities.

6) Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Tent City in Varanasi, which built on the banks of the Ganga. Tent City has conceptualized on the banks of the River Ganga to tap the potential of tourism in the region. The project has been developed opposite to city ghats which will provide accommodation facilities and cater to the increased tourist influx in Varanasi, especially since the inauguration of Kashi Vishwanath Dham.

7) The suites have soothing interiors, furnished with numerous amenities such as French balconies, LED TVs, safes, smoke detectors, and convertible beds, according to a UP tourism department official.

8) The 51-day cruise itinerary includes visits to 50 tourist destinations such as World Heritage Sites, National Parks, River Ghats, and major cities such as Patna in Bihar, Sahibganj in Jharkhand, Kolkata in West Bengal, Dhaka in Bangladesh, and Guwahati in Assam.

9) The cruise will cross 27 river systems in addition to connecting National Waterway 1 (NW1), which includes the Ganga, and National Waterway 2 (NW2) on the Brahmaputra.

10) For the inaugural voyage, 32 Swiss tourists have signed up for the entire journey.

 


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