Tourism Sector

PM flags off world’s longest river cruise MV Ganga Vilas


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Ganga Vilas

Mains level: River tourism

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Prime Minister has flagged off the world’s longest river cruise – MV Ganga Vilas – and inaugurated the tent city at Varanasi.

About Ganga Vilas

  • MV Ganga Vilas is the first indigenously made cruise vessel to be made in India.
  • The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways is the coordinator of this ship tourism project.
  • The cruise has three decks, 18 suites on board with a capacity of 36 tourists, with all the modern amenities.
  • It will cover a distance of 3,200 km in roughly 51 days reaching Assam’s Dibrugarh through Bangladesh.

Destinations covered

  • Set to sail from Varanasi, the cruise ship, MV Ganga Vilas, will cover 3,200 km over 51 days, crossing 27 river systems and several states before ending its journey at Dibrugarh.
  • The voyage is packed with visits to 50 tourist spots, including World Heritage spots, 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.
  • It will make pit-stops to cover the famous Ganga Arti in Varanasi, the Buddhist site of Sarnath; and even Majuli, the largest river island in Assam.


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