PM Modi launches the world's longest river cruise in Varanasi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches the world's longest river cruise in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh today. The luxury cruise from Varanasi traverses more than 3,200 kilometers of 27 river networks in five states of India and Bangladesh.

Ravidas Ghat has a cruise ready to take 31 passengers on a 51-hour journey across 50 locations. The MV Ganga Vilas cruise has three decks and 18 suites that can accommodate 36 tourists with all amenities. The cruise has e.g., gymnasium, spa, library.

A group of 31 from Switzerland and Germany set sail and will set sail with the ship's 40-member crew. Raj Singh, head of Cruise Line, told India Today, "The cruise will cross 27 river systems. It will improve connectivity to Bangladesh."

Union Minister Sarwananda Sonowal told India Today that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision made all this possible. The Ganga Vilas project under Public Private Partnership (PPP) model will also increase competition and increase the growth of the tourism sector. From the famous "Ganga Aarti" of Varanasi, it stops at Sarnath, a sacred place for Buddhism. It also includes Mayong, famous for its tantric crafts, and Majuli, the largest river island in Assam and a center of Vaishnavite culture.

Tourists also visit Bihar School of Yoga and Vikramshila University where they can enjoy the rich heritage of Indian spirituality and knowledge. The cruise also passes through the World Biodiversity Heritage Site of Sunderbans in the Bay of Bengal Delta, famous for the Royal Bengal Tigers, and Kaziranga National Park, famous for the One Horned Rhinos.

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