The privately-operated luxurious three-deck cruise ship MV Ganga Vilas is the World’s longest river cruise.
- MV Ganga Vilas is the world’s longest river cruise from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh to Dibrugarh in Assam via Bangladesh.
- Ship– The MV Ganga Vilas vessel is 62 meters in length, 12 meters in width and comfortably sails with a draft of 1.4 meters.
- It has three decks, 18 suites on board with a capacity of 36 tourists, with all the amenities for the tourists.
- It is equipped with pollution-free mechanisms and noise control technologies for sustainability.
- Cruise– The luxury cruise will cover a distance of more than 3,200 km across 27 river systems.
- The cruise will pass through 5 states in India (Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Assam) and Bangladesh.
- The 52 day cruise will cover 50 tourist spots including the World Heritage Sights, National Parks, river Ghats, and major cities like Patna, Kolkata, Dhaka and Guwahati.
- Significance– It is a part of the plan to rejuvenate inland waterways.
- It unlocks the untapped potential of river tourism in the country.
- The sector would generate employment opportunities in the hinterland.
In India, 8 river cruise vessels are operational between Kolkata and Varanasi while cruise movement is also operation on National Waterways 2 (Brahmaputra).