India is set to get another cruise service, starting in 2023. The Varanasi-Bogibeel cruise will be the country’s longest such route, and will travel about 4,000 kilometres. Here are the details. By Anushka Goel
Starting 2023, you will be able to hop aboard India’s longest river cruise. This cruise will take travellers between Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi to Assam’s Bogibeel. The cruise will cover a distance of over 4,000 kilometres, Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said, writes The Hindu.
Varanasi-Bogibeel cruise to begin in 2023
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The cruise, which will begin in 2023, will connect the Ganga and Brahmaputra rivers. This will be done via the Indo-Bangladesh Protocol Route (IBRP), the Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) stated, writes The Hindu.
The cruise is expected to give people of Assam the opportunity to make greater use of the inland waterways, and avail of the services for transportation, trade, cargo and more. The new cruise is also expected to increase tourism activities between the two states, appealing to the locals as well as tourists to these destinations.
According to reports, several other development projects are also being launched in and around Bogibeel bridge in the Dibrugarh district, to make travel opportunities easier.
There are two floating jetties being constructed at Bogibeel and Guijan, which were inaugurated this Monday (September 19), along with the inauguration of the Bogibeel Riverfront Passenger Jetty (built by the Northeast Frontier Railways). According to an official statement, the two jetties will cost about INR 8.25 crore and are expected to be completed by February 2023.
Varanasi is being developed as a destination not just for spiritual travellers but also for leisure tourists, and the new cruise is expected to add to the experience. The tour will make for an interesting and rather untraversed route, with stunning views, waterways and more.
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