Published on: January 14, 2023

MV Ganga Vilas

MV Ganga Vilas

Why in news? Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the world’s longest river cruise  MV Ganga Vilas  and the tent city at Varanasi.


  • MV Ganga Vilas is the first indigenously made cruise vessel in India
  • Nature : It has three decks, 18 suites on board with a capacity of 36 tourists, with all the modern amenities.
  • Period : 51 days
  • Distance : 3,200 km
  • Major states: 5
  • Route : 50 places, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh to Dibrugarh in Assam via Bangladesh, sailing across 27 river systems in India and Bangladesh
  • Multiple destinations : Kashi, Patna Sahib, Bodh Gaya, Vikramshila, Dhaka ,Kaziranga National Park and the Sundarbans
  • Major cities: Patna in Bihar, Sahibganj in Jharkhand, Kolkata in West Bengal, Dhaka in Bangladesh and Guwahati in Assam
  • Cruise movement : National Waterways 2 (Brahmaputra).

Parent Organization:

  • Coordinator: Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways to ship tourism project.
  • Managed by private operators, the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), under the Ministry of Shipping, Ports and Waterways (MoPSW)

About National Waterway 2

  • River : Brahmaputra
  • North end: Sadiya
  • South end: Bangladesh border
  • Owner: Inland Waterways Authority of India
  • Fixed terminals: Pandu Port.
  • Floating terminals: Dhubri Port, Jogighopa, Tezpur, Silghat, Dibrugarh, Jamuguri, Bogibil, Saikhowa and Sadiya

Tent city at Varanasi

  • Conceptualized on the banks of River Ganga to tap the potential of tourism in the region.
  • Located at opposite to city Ghats that provide accommodation facilities and cater to the increased tourists influx in Varanasi
  • Developed by: Varanasi Development Authority in PPP mode.
  • Operational time: October to June every year and will be dismantled for three months due to rise in river water level in the rainy season.