Ganga Vilas reaches Patna, journey as per schedule, says IWAI

The 51-day voyage, covering five Indian States, and Bangladesh will cost ₹50-55 lakh per passenger

January 16, 2023 08:06 pm | Updated January 23, 2023 12:53 pm IST - Patna

People aboard the world’s longest river cruise MV Ganga Vilas after it was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a ceremony, in Varanasi on January 13, 2023.

People aboard the world’s longest river cruise MV Ganga Vilas after it was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a ceremony, in Varanasi on January 13, 2023. | Photo Credit: PTI

The world’s longest luxury river cruise MV Ganga Vilas has reached Patna and the vessel will continue its onward journey as per schedule, Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) chairman Sanjay Bandopadhyaya said on Monday.

“The Ganga Vilas reached Patna as per schedule. There is absolutely no truth in the news that the vessel is stuck in Chhapra. The vessel will continue its onwards journey as per schedule,” IWAI said in a tweet quoting Mr. Bandopadhyaya.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had last week, flagged off MV Ganga Vilas cruise from Varanasi on its maiden voyage. It will travel 3,200 km in 51 days to reach Dibrugarh via Bangladesh, sailing across 27 river systems.

The voyage, covering five Indian States, and Bangladesh will cost ₹50-55 lakh per passenger.

However, one will have to wait for more than a year to get a suite in the luxury ship, as it is fully booked till March 2024. The Antara Luxury River Cruises operates MV Ganga Vilas.

The ship has 32 tourists from Switzerland.

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