March 25, 2023

Why in news?

  • The world’s longest river cruise, the MV Ganga Vilas, which will travel 3,200 km over 27 river systems in five states in India and Bangladesh in 51 days, was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, January 13, 2022.

Key Points

  • The first cruise ship ever built in India, the MV Ganga Vilas, set out from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and will go via Bangladesh to Dibrugarh in Assam.
  • Besides connecting National Waterway 1 (NW1) which includes Ganga and National Waterway 2 (NW2) on Brahmaputra, the cruise will cross 27 river systems.
  • The 51-day cruise has 50 stops planned, including major cities like Patna in Bihar, Sahibganj in Jharkhand, Kolkata in West Bengal, Dhaka in Bangladesh, and Guwahati in Assam.
  • These destinations include world heritage sites, national parks, river ghats, and world heritage sites.
  • The luxury cruise has three decks, 18 suites, a capacity for 36 passengers, and all the luxuries facilities.
  • 32 Swiss tourists have signed up for the entire duration of the inaugural trip.
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