Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the world’s longest river cruise, MV Ganga Vilas, and inaugurate a ‘Tent City’ on the banks of the Ganga river in Varanasi on January 13 via video conferencing.

  • From Varanasi to Dibrugarh

MV Ganga Vilas will begin its journey from Varanasi, PM Modi’s constituency, and sail around 3,200 km in 51 days to reach Dibrugarh in Assam via Bangladesh, traversing across 27 river systems in the two countries, a statement from PMO said. Dibrugarh is the hometown of Union shipping minister Sarbananda Sonowal. “A trail through India’s ancient heritage on some of the mightiest rivers of the world. Ganga Vilas, the world’s longest river cruise, will be flagged-off by PM Narendra Modi ji Jan 13. Join this majestic journey,” Sonowal tweeted.

  • Tracing India’s cultural roots

Modi said the 51-day river cruise is a unique opportunity to connect with the country’s cultural roots and discover beautiful aspects of its diversity.
According to PMO, the cruise has been curated to bring out the best of the country to be showcased to the world.
The 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.

Route of MV Ganga Vilas

The cruiser has three decks, 18 suites on board with a capacity of carrying 36 tourists and having all luxury amenities. The maiden voyage has 32 tourists from Switzerland signing up for the entire length of the journey.
The ‘Tent City’ at Varanasi has been conceptualised on the banks of the River Ganga to tap the potential of tourism in the region, the PMO said.
PM Modi will also inaugurate and lay the foundation stones for several other inland waterways projects worth more than Rs 1,000 crore during the event.





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