Waterways Ministry has put in place a project to launch the world’s largest
luxury river cruise from Varanasi and Dibrugarh covering Ganga Brahmaputra
besides the Indo Bangladesh protocol route
The 50-day cruise will sail from
Varanasi to Dibrugarh through Bangladesh next year.
will set sail on January 10 from Varanasi and pass-through Kolkata and Dhaka,
covering 4,000 km before reaching Bogibeel in Assam on March 1.
The cruise is the first set of cruise
liners that will run on a PPP model with the Memorandum of Understanding signed between
the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) and Antara Luxury River Cruises
and JM Baxi River Cruises.
price will be decided by the operators of the cruise without an intervention
from the Centre. The cruise will cover
almost 1,100 km in Bangladesh before re-entering India. It will complete
its sail via the Indo-Bangladesh Protocol Route.