Guwahati: World’s longest river cruise ‘Ganga Vilas’ to reach Pandu port on Feb 21

Guwahati: Ganga Vilas, the world’s longest river cruise, will arrive at Guwahati’s Pandu Port on February 21 after departing from Varanasi on January 13.

On February 4, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Ganga Vilas, which is now in Bangladeshi seas.

The cruise will dock in Dhubri on February 18, the 41st day, according to reports.

Tourists will be subjected to customs inspection and immigration at Dhubri.

Dhubri is roughly three days’ drive from Guwahati.

The trip will stop in Goalpara, Sualkuchi, and Guwahati on February 19 and February 21.

In Pandu, it will be anchored adjacent to a floating jetty, and IWAI employees will lavishly greet the visitors.

The tourists will then visit the Assam State Museum and the Kamakhya Temple after that. Before travelling to Tezpur on February 21 and 22, they would stay in Guwahati.

On February 23, the ship will dock in Tezpur, where travellers will see Cole Park and the Da Parbatia Temple.

When the tourists arrive in Silighat on February 24, they will take a day trip to the Biswanath Ghat Temple and Kaziranga National Park.

On February 26, the boat will arrive in Dhansirimukh, where guests will tour the Jamuguri Missing Tribal Village.

On February 27, the trip will dock in Majuli, where it will tour the Kamalabari monastery and the museum of the Auniati monastery. Visitors to Majuli will enjoy a dance and theatre performance.

On the 51st day of its journey, the ship will sail through Nimati Ghat and Dikhowmukh Ghat before arriving in Bogibeel and disembarking at the airport in Dibrugarh.

All preparations at tourist locations are under the control of the Assam tourism department.

Since January 13, the cruise has travelled 3,200 kilometres via 27 river systems in five states in India and Bangladesh over a period of 51 days.

The Made-in-India ship departed from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, and will eventually go through Bangladesh to reach Dibrugarh, Assam.

In addition to major cities like Patna in Bihar, Sahibganj in Jharkhand, Kolkata in West Bengal, Dhaka in Bangladesh, and Guwahati in Assam, the voyage stops at fifty well-known tourist locations, including World Heritage Sites, National Parks, and these.

During the cruise’s port calls, guests will learn about the iconic Ganga Arti in Varanasi, the Buddhist pilgrimage centre of Sarnath, and Majuli, the largest river island in Assam.

Road trips to a variety of tourist spots are planned by the travel company that conducts the longest cruise.

The ship features three decks and 18 suites, all of which are furnished with first-rate facilities. There are 36 places for tourists. For the maiden journey, which will last the entire time, 32 Swiss tourists have signed up. Each individual will cost you approximately Rs 25,000 per day.

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