The luxury cruise will cover a distance of more than 3,200 km across 27 river systems in five states in India and Bangladesh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the world's longest river cruise on January 13 in Varanasi, which the Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Sarbananda Sonowal said will herald a new age of river cruise tourism for India.
The luxury cruise will cover a distance of more than 3,200 km across 27 river systems in five states in India and Bangladesh. The huge untapped potential of river cruises is set to get unlocked with the launch of this service, added Mr Sonowal.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Sonowal said, "Under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we are exploring the immense wealth that our rich river system has to offer".
Mr Sonowal said, "This avenue of sustainable development via inland waterways has received a tremendous boost as efforts to augment cargo traffic as well as passenger tourism have borne fruit with encouraging results. The MV Ganga Vilas cruise is a step towards unlocking the huge potential river tourism the country has to offer".