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Ganga Vilas Cruise- Everything You Need to Know About World’s Longest River Cruise

World’s longest river cruise, MV Ganga Vilas Cruise operated by Antara Luxury River Cruises, has started its journey from Varanasi, one of the ancient cities and popular tourist destinations of India. The maiden journey of the vessel was flagged off by India’s honourable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi on January 13th, 2023 and it has been marked as one of the wonderful efforts to boost tourism in India. And, with this, India has proudly become one of the most sought-after luxury river cruise destinations across the globe. Read the complete article for everything you need to know about the details of MV Ganga Vilas Cruise including its cost, itinerary and top-notch features.

The first-ever made-in-India Ganga Vilas River cruise tour package will cover 3,200 kilometres of a journey through 17 river systems covering five Indian states and some places in Bangladesh. It will take around 51 days to complete the journey and will provide delightful luxury river cruise holidays in India as well as Bangladesh.

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Architecture of MV Ganga Vilas River Cruise

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  • MV Ganga Vilas Luxury Cruise features three decks with 18 gracefully decorated suites.
  • The 18 suites possess a unique futuristic minimalistic design that captures culture with modernism and provide a boutique experience on the water.
  • The suites have top-notch luxury amenities including convertible beds, bathrooms with showers, LED TV, Safe or Locker, French Balcony, smoke detectors, life jackets and sprinklers.
  • The 18 suites can accommodate a total number of 36 guests on board.
  • The length of the vessel is 62 metres and the width is 12 metres. It can easily sail with a draft of 1.4 metres.

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Package and Booking Details of MV Ganga Vilas Cruise

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  • Ganga Vilas River Cruise ticket price is INR 50 to 55 Lakh per passenger for the whole 51-day trip.
  • Ganga Vilas Cruise ticket price per day per tourist is around INR 25,000 to 50,000.
  • As the luxury cruise is operated by Antara Luxury River Cruises, the tickets can be booked from its website.
  • However, as per reports, the cruise is fully booked till March 2024 by tourists from the US and Europe.
  • New Ganga Vilas Cruise bookings for tours will be available from April 2024 onwards.

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On Board Experience of MV Ganga Vilas Cruise

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  • MV Ganga Vilas River Cruise has 39 crew members to facilitate a pleasant experience for the guests.
  • The captain of the ship is Mahadev Naik who has a professional experience of more than 35 years.
  • There is a 40-seater vegetarian restaurant on the main deck which will serve local cuisines with seasonal vegetables.
  • One of the most interesting facts about Ganga Vilas River Cruise is that there will be no liquor on board.
  • Apart from the restaurant, there is a spa with professional therapists and a sundeck to enjoy sunbathing.
  • As you already know that MV Ganga Vilas Cruise started its journey on January 13th with 32 Swiss tourists and some of them told the media that they are having a gala time on the cruise.
  • A Swiss National, Knegar Krieger said that the journey is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and it should not be missed by any chance.
  • Another Swiss tourist, Thommien Christian said “Everything is fantastic on this cruise.”

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Itinerary of Ganga Vilas River Cruise

Ganga Vilas River Cruise Route Map

  • MV Ganga Vilas Cruise route will cover a total of 3,200 kilometres through 17 river systems.
  • World’s longest river cruise Ganga Vilas will provide an exclusive voyage to tourists and chances to indulge them in the history, culture, art and spirituality of India and Bangladesh.
  • The journey will cover 50 tourist attractions in Varanasi, Bihar, Jharkhand, Kolkata, Murshidabad, Dhaka and Assam.
  • Tourists will also be provided sightseeing tours to various popular places to explore such as world heritage sites, river ghats, ancient cities, religious places, national parks and many more.
  • It can be also referred to as Varanasi – Dibrugarh River Cruise as it starts from Varanasi and ends in Dibrugarh.
  • Ganga Vilas Cruise route map will touch Patna, Sahibganj, Kolkata, Dhaka and Guwahati apart from the starting and ending points.
  • Apart from the sightseeing tours, there will be other engaging activities on Ganga Vilas Cruise for tourists to give them chances to explore more about the country and regions.

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Conclusion

World Longest River Cruise- Ganga Vilas River Cruise

MV Ganga Vilas River Cruise or Varanasi – Dibrugarh River Cruise is one of its kind in the whole world and hope, this effort taken by the Indian tourism department will result in a fruitful initiative in the near future. This 51-day long luxury journey covering 50 tourist spots will help people to learn so much about India and Bangladesh. Tell us in the comments if you want to be a part of this wonderful river cruise journey.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the tickets cost and where to book the Ganga Vilas cruise?

Ganga Vilas Cruise ticket price costs INR 50 to 55 lakh per passenger for the whole 51-day journey and INR 25,000 to 50,000 per day. The tickets can be booked on the official website of Antara Luxury River Cruises.

How many days is the Ganga Vilas River Cruise Journey?

The Ganga Vilas River Cruise journey is for 51 days.

What is the starting & end point/destination of the Ganga Vilas Cruise Tour?

Ganga Vilas Cruise Tour starts from Varanasi and ends in Dibrugarh.

What are the top luxury features of the Ganga Vilas Cruise?

Some of the top luxury features of the Ganga Vilas Cruise are a 40-seater vegetarian restaurant, spa, sundeck, convertible beds, bathrooms with showers, LED TV, Safe or Locker, French Balcony, smoke detectors, life jackets and sprinklers.

What is the package cost of the Ganga Vilas River Cruise Tour?

The package cost of the Ganga Vilas River Cruise tour is INR 25,000 to 50,000 per day per tourist.

Which are the top activities for tourists on the Ganga Vilas River Cruise?

Some of the top activities for tourists on Ganga Vilas River Cruise are:

  • Sightseeing i different places
  • Witnessing Varanasi’s famous Ganga Aarti
  • Visiting Sarnath, the holy Buddhist site
  • Exploring Majuli in Assam
  • Wildlife spotting in Sunderban and Kaziranga National Park

Published: 24 Jan, 2023

About the author

Nandini Bhattacharya

From the ‘City of Joy,’ Kolkata, Nandini Bhattacharya is a Travel Writer by profession and traveller by passion. She loves to explore places around the world, new cultures, different cuisines and all new things that one can learn outside the home. She also loves to document her journey so that people can be inspired and travel more. Nandini is a nature lover and talks about sustainable tourism. She wants to make this world a good place where people can live healthy and happily.