52 days in luxurious: World’s longest river cruise units off on maiden voyage

India has launched the world’s longest river cruise, which is being touted as the beginning of a brand new period in luxurious tourism.

The MV Ganga Vilas, which can traverse via 27 rivers over 52 days, protecting over 3,200 km, was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi on Friday.

Sun beds on the sundeck on MV Ganga Vilas

Solar beds on the sundeck on MV Ganga Vilas

Lounge bar, MV Ganga Vilas

Lounge bar, MV Ganga Vilas


The cruise, operated by Antara Luxurious River Cruises, will go to 50 vacationer spots, together with world heritage websites, nationwide parks, river ghats, and main cities, similar to Patna, Kolkata, Dhaka, and Guwahati.


Ganga Vilas will pip the Mississippi river cruise, which spans 2253-2574 km, based on Sanjay Bandopadhyay, chairman of the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI). The maiden voyage will host 32 Swiss nationals, and is anticipated to succeed in Dibrugarh, its remaining cease, on March 1.

MV Ganga Vilas' restaurant

MV Ganga Vilas’ restaurant


The Centre is anticipating the cruise to function on itineraries of international dignitaries, stated Bandopadhyay. India holds the G20 Presidency this yr.


ABOARD MV Ganga Vilas




    • Size: 62 m,


    • Width: 12 m


    • Draft: 1.4 m


    • Funding: Rs 68 crore


    • Decks: 3


    • Suites: 18 (can accommodate 36 folks)




What it prices


    • Rs 50,000 per evening for an all-inclusive bundle


    • Tickets might be bought from the web site of Antara Luxurious River Cruises. However the cruise is already booked for 2 years, and reservations could be out there in opposition to cancellations, stated Raj Singh, founder, and CEO of the corporate.




Greatest at school:


Apart from suites, the cruise includes a solar deck, spa, lounge, restaurant, library, and gymnasium, amongst different facilities.



Bon voyage:


    • It should make six voyages every year, stated Singh.


    • Folks have the choice to remain on the cruise for the entire 52-day journey, or smaller journey packages between Varanasi and Kolkata, and Kolkata to Dibrugarh.






After Ganga Aarti in Varanasi, the cruise sail to Sarnath, a revered Buddhist web site. It should additionally cowl Mayong, recognized for its Tantric craft, and Majuli, the most important river island and hub of the Vaishnavite tradition in Assam. Furthermore, the cruise will traverse via the Sunderbans, and the Kaziranga Nationwide Park. In Bihar, Ganga Vilas will take guests to Bihar Faculty of Yoga and Vikramshila College. Bangladesh, too, is on its route.


Since lots of the places to be coated are holy websites, Singh stated the cruise will serve primarily vegetarian gadgets, and the whole lot on supply has been deliberate retaining non secular sentiments in thoughts.