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UP: World’s longest river cruise, Ganga Vilas reaches Varanasi, PM Modi will flag off yatra on January 13

The Ganga Vilas luxury cruise, which left Kolkata on December 22, reaches Ramnagar port on Tuesday. On arrival of the cruise, the tourists aboard were welcomed by the auspicious sound of the barber. During this, District Magistrate S Rajalingam and other officials arrived. The officials welcomed the passengers.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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UP/Varanasi: The Ganga Vilas luxury cruise which departed from Kolkata on December 22 reached Ramnagar port of Varanasi on Tuesday. Sources said the cruise which was to reach Varanasi on Saturday was delayed due to bad weather. The cruise will proceed from Ramnagar port to Sant Ravidas Ghat where it will be accorded a grand welcome. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually flag off the MV Ganga Vilas Cruise Yatra on January 13.

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All you need to now about:
The luxury triple-deck cruise will travel from Varanasi to Dibrugarh in Assam on the world’s longest waterway. The cruise will have a capacity of 80 passengers with 18 suites. The cruise will embark on a 51-day adventure and will pass through Bangladesh for 15 days. After this it will go to Dibrugarh in Assam via Brahmaputra river.

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The luxury cruise will cover a distance of over 3,200 kms and will pass through 5 states in India and Bangladesh. The cruise will pass through a total of 27 river systems of UP, Bihar, West Bengal, Bangladesh and Assam. The cruise will pass through three major rivers Ganga, Meghna and Brahmaputra.

Traveling on the world’s longest waterway from Varanasi to Dibrugarh in Assam, 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 and 18 suites on board with a capacity of 80 tourists.

It will then enter the Bhagirathi, Hooghly, Vidyavati, Malta and Sunderban river systems in Bengal. In Bangladesh it will pass through Meghna, Padma and Jamuna in Bangladesh and then enter Brahmaputra in Assam. According to an official statement, the 51-day cruise has been planned with visits to 50 tourist destinations such as World Heritage Sites, National Parks, River Ghats and Patna in Bihar, Sahibganj in Jharkhand, Kolkata in West Bengal, Dhaka in Bangladesh.

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