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MV Ganga Vilas cruise will sail around 3,200 km in 51 days. Photo: PIB

World’s longest cruise: From Varanasi to Dibrugarh

It was a historic moment for India on Friday (13 January 2023) as the world’s longest cruise MV Ganga Vilas began its journey from Varanasi, PM Modi’s constituency. MV Ganga Vilas is the first-ever cruise vessel made in India. It will sail around 3,200 km in 51 days to reach Dibrugarh in Assam via Bangladesh, traversing across 27 river systems in the two countries.

“The inauguration of the cruise will take India’s tourism to global heights. Foundation stones have been laid for several other inland waterways projects worth more than Rs. 1,000 crores,” PM Modi said.

The MV Ganga Vilas cruise is curated to bring out the best of the country to be showcased to the world. The 51 days cruise is planned with visits to 50 tourist spots including World Heritage Sites, National Parks, River Ghats, and major cities like Patna in Bihar, Sahibganj in Jharkhand, Kolkata in West Bengal, Dhaka in Bangladesh, and Guwahati in Assam.

MV Ganga Vilas cruise ticket price

As per media reports, the price of the MVA Ganga Vilas cruise per day will be around ₹25,000 to ₹50,000The cost of the entire length of the journey from Varanasi to Dibrugarh on the world’s longest river cruise — MV Ganga Vilas — will be around Rs 50-55 lakh per passenger The luxurious ship has the capacity of carrying 36 passengers.

Ticket booking

One can book the ticket from the official website of Antara Luxury River Cruises. However, one will have to wait for more than a year to get a suite in the luxury ship which will cruise across 17 river systems as it is fully booked till March 2024. The bookings are available for tours from April 2024 onwards.

Features of the world’s longest luxury river cruise

Vegetarian Indian cuisine, assorted non-alcoholic beverages, a spa, and doctors on call are some of the features of the world’s longest luxury river cruise MV Ganga Vilas.

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