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Inside Ganga Vilas: World's Longest River Cruise That Costs Rs 20 Lakh Per Person

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Today, Prime Minister Modi launched the world’s longest river voyage, the Antara Ganga Vilas. The luxury cruise experience will travel 3,200km through five states and parts of Bangladesh over 51 days.  

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Each day is reported to cost around Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000 which brings the total to a whopping Rs 20 lakh per passenger! The next voyage is set to take place in September of this year.

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The vessel itself gets three decks, and measures 62 metres in width and 12 metres in breadth, making it the longest river cruise in the world.   

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While its main deck features a 40-seater restaurant, a spa and a sun deck, the upper deck features a bar.   

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In total, the ship can ferry up to 36 passengers and consists of 18 luxury suites. Each comes with a host of facilities like French balconies, LED TVs, safes, smoke detectors, and convertible beds.  

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Coming back to the journey, the cruise will cross 27 river systems with 32 Swiss visitors on board, who will be a part of the first journey.  

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The ship will sail off from Varanasi and reach Patna on the eighth day, after crossing through Ghazipur, Buxar and Ramnagar.  

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From Patna, the cruise will then take 12 days to reach Kolkata on Day 20. From there, it will sail into Bangladesh. Passengers will be offered a stay of 15 days in the country, before entering India through Bogibeel in Dibrugarh.  

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In Bangladesh alone, the cruise will cover a distance of nearly 1,100km. Along the way, it’ll stop at 50 destinations consisting of World Heritage Sites, national parks, and river ghats, before entering its final destination.