“The Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi flagged off Ganga Vilas Cruise on 13th January 2023. It is the longest river cruise vessel in the world with 18 luxury suites and other associated facilities”
These days, people are more inclined to spend their time discovering new places. They are also opting for more adventurous travel options. This is the reason why many of us were waiting for the launch of Ganga Vila Cruise for a long time. The wait is now over. You can book your dream cruise on the river Ganga. The Prime Minister pf India launched the first cruise in a mega event on Friday, 13th January 2023.
Ganga Vilas Cruise is an outstanding river cruise in India. It is filled with side trips, amazing scenery, adventure and culture. You will get to see many states of India as well as Bangladesh.
Mega event for the launch of luxury cruise on the river Ganga
India’s first Motor Vessel cruise, Ganga Vilas, was flagged off from Varanasi by the Prime Minister via video conferencing on 13 January 2023. The 62-metre-long boat will take tourists on a cruise along the Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers through the Himalayan foothills. The boat, an idea of the state government of Uttar Pradesh, is expected to travel for 3200 kilometres, a distance greater than the distance between Gujarat and Assam.
Many famous personalities were present at the launch event including the present Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Assam Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma, and the Union Minister of Port Shipping and Waterways Shri Sarbananda Sonowal.
The Prime Minister also tweeted about the event – “Today, the world’s longest river cruise – Ganga Vilas, has embarked on a journey between Kashi and Dibrugarh. Due to this many tourist places of Eastern India are going to benefit.”
Apart from the PM, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting also tweeted – “World’s #LongestRiverCruise to be flagged off by Hon’ble Prime Minister #GangaVilas to start from Varanasi on river #Ganga to Dibrugarh on river #Brahmaputra via Indo-Bangladesh Protocol route to give an impetus to tourism & employment generation”
Ganga Vilas Cruise Journey and Duration
This Cruise will cover 3,200 kilometres and make multiple stops during its 51-day journey in India and Bangladesh. The luxury cruise will travel over 27 river systems in five Indian and Bangladeshi states. The cruise will stop at 50 tourist destinations, including World Heritage Sites, River Ghats, National Parks, and major cities. A few of the major cities through which this cruise will pass are as follows.
- Majuli Island
The cruise will be packed with sightseeing opportunities. As per the official reports, the first voyage of Ganga Vila Cruise includes 32 Swiss tourists. The villa will reach Dibrugarh on 1st March 2023 after departing from Varanasi on 13th January.
Itinerary of Ganga Vilas Cruise
The itinerary and route of this ship are designed in a way to showcase the art, culture, history, and spirituality of India. You can check out the basic overview of the Itinerary given below.
- Incredibly on the Ganges – Banaras (Varanasi) to Kolkata (12 Days)
- Visit the Writer’s Building and Treasury Building
- St. John’s Church and the Victoria Memorial
- Rajbari Temple Complex in Kalna
- Visit to the Katra Mosque
- Hazarduari Palace Museum
- Exploring the Feeder Canal
- Vikramshila University (One of the largest Buddhist universities)
- Jahngira (The hill of Jahnu)
- Mahabodhi temple (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
- The Archeological Museum at Sarnath
- Golden Bengal Cruise – Kolkata to Murshidabad (8 Days)
- Visit Mother Teresa’s home
- Mayapur (the headquarters of the ISKCON)
- Khushbagh (A tomb complex set in scenic fields)
- Rajbari temples in Kalna
- Victoria Memorial Museum
- The Sundarban Cruise (4 Days)
- Sunderbans (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
- Sightseeing at of “Royal Bengal Tigers”
After Bangladesh, the cruise will then enter India once again and you will get to see Kaziranga National Park.
Ganga Vila Cruise Route Map
The cruise will begin from Ram Nagar Port, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and end at Dibrugarh of Assam. It will pass through three major rivers Ganga, Meghna, and Brahmaputra. You may check out the route map in the following image.
Top Amenities at Ganga Vila Cruise
Ganga Vila Cruise offers a wide range of facilities. From the moment you step onboard, you’ll see a wide range of unique and comfortable amenities. The amenities listed below are just a few of the many the vessel offers.
- Butler Service
- Wide range of Beverages
- Michelin-inspired Dining
- Wifi throughout the voyage
- All-inclusive shore excursions
- Pre-Paid Gratuities onboard & riverside
- Signature Events
- Housekeeping & Nightly Turn-down
- Bathroom with shower
- Convertible Beds
- French Balcony
- LED TV
Ganga Vilas Cruise Booking and Ticket Price
Antara Cruises operates the Ganga Vilas cruise along the Ganges River. The company offers different rates for different sections of the journey. The cost of the cheapest available trip is Rs. 25 thousand per person. The cost of the most expensive trip is Rs. 12.59 lakh per person. At one point on the Ganga River, the river is just a few hundred metres wide.
List of must-visit tourist destinations
Technical specifications of the Cruise
Ganga Vilas is a cruise ship designed in a way that could accommodate the needs of the Indian market. The vessel has three decks on which guests can enjoy the beauty of the Ganga. It has a length of 62 metres, a width of 12 metres, and a capacity of 36 tourists.
The cruise also has a 40-seater restaurant with a gym, spa and saloon. To keep the environment clean, the cruise has noise-cancellation equipment as well.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, the cruise will stop at Sarnath.
In Bangladesh, the river will pass through Meghna, Padma, and Jamuna rivers before joining the Brahmaputra in Assam.
The cruise has noise cancellation technology to save the environment. However, some experts are still claiming that it can have some adverse effects on nature.
It depends upon your package. The cheapest ticket is around Rs. 25000/-