World’s longest river cruise to set sail in India

World’s longest river cruise to set sail in India

The 50-day journey will take place on luxury river cruise ship Ganga Vilas

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the world’s longest river cruise from Varanasi to Dibrugarh via Bangladesh on 13 January 2023. 

Ganga Vilas is a luxury river cruise vessel comprising 18 suites and has a capacity of 80 passengers. On board facilities include a gym, a spa, an open-air observation deck and a personalised butler service.

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Covering a journey of 4,000km over the course of 50 days, Ganga Vilas will pass through 27 river systems in India and Bangladesh, giving tourists a chance to visit more than 50 architecturally important and world heritage sites.

The cruise will visit landmarks ranging from Varanasi, one of the oldest cities on earth, to Vikramshilaalso, an abandoned Buddhist monastery pass. The route will also take passengers  through national parks and sanctuaries, including the Sundarbans Delta and the Kaziranga National Park. 


The record-breaking initiative is the result of the development of the India-Bangladesh Protocol route. India’s Union Minister of Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal recently said that the growth of coastal and river shipping and cruises is one of the government’s top priorities. 

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