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Modern double decker liner to start operations soonCruise on Ganga in a luxury vessel soon

You can soon experience a cruise on the Ganges in Varanasi on a spanking new vessel. The service is set to start in the next one week, sources said. While the devotees and tourists can take a ride on the 30-metre double-decked modern liner, Alaknanda, during sunrise and to see Ganga aarti during evenings, the vessel will also be available for special booking during the rest of the day for events, meetings and holding religious functions including ‘Rudhrabhishek’.

Can accommodate upto 100 passengersCruise on Ganga in a luxury vessel soon


The cruise will allow the passengers to see the 84 ghats of Varanasi. The morning and evening cruise will be for two hours each. The cruise will start from Assi Ghat and end at the same point after the trip covering 12 kilometres. “We are ready for the launch of this service... We have timed both morning and evening cruises in a manner which leaves whole daytime free to the tourists for doing other activities or visiting other places of interest,” said Vikas Malviya, one of the directors of the Varanasi-based start-up venture Nordic Cruiseline. The vessel can accommodate around 100 passengers and is equipped with modern facilities, the operator said. Both upper a lower decks are equipped with bio-toilets. The Alaknanda also has free Wi-Fi.

Food and culture of Varanasi on offeringCruise on Ganga in a luxury vessel soon


The cruise would offer popular vegetarian dishes of Varanasi like kachori, jalebi, samosas and batichokha. The operators also plan to include cultural activities like classical music and dance depicting the rich heritage of the city. In the first phase, the cruise will run between Assi Ghat and Panchganga Ghat. The charges would Rs 750 plus GST per passenger for the ride, said another director Manoj Poddar. The Rudhrabhishek package would cost Rs 75,000 plus GST. No alcohol will be served or allowed on board.

 
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