Country’s longest river cruise service to begin from early 2023

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  • Ganga Vilas Cruise, the world’s longest luxury river cruise, covering a distance of 4,000 kilometres will set sail early next year in January, announced Sarbananda Sonowal, union minister of ports, shipping and waterways.
  • The maiden river voyage will commence on January 10, 2023, from the holy city of Varanasi in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and will culminate in Dibrugarh, Assam, a northeastern state on March 1.
  • This will give the people of Assam a chance to use waterways to promote trade and livelihood in tourism and cargo transportation, the minister added.
  • “Our government is also identifying avenues to promote inland navigation, river cruise tourism, and construction of suitable terminals across the Brahmaputra,” the minister of ports, shipping and waterways said.
  • The minister informed that the cruise ship will also be passing through Bangladesh, covering 1,100 kilometres, en route Assam, bringing both nations closer in the process.

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