If you wanted to know what it would be like to hop on a river cruise and travel the length of the Brahmaputra to land in Bangladesh, while traversing through the marshy lands of the Sunderbans, you are in luck. Looks like the dream of an inter-country river cruise is soon set to turn into reality.
Travel enthusiasts and adventure seekers can now book a river cruise from Kolkata to the capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka via Guwahati, from March, 2019.
According to the Times Of India, the cruise will carve out a route that will pass through Ganga, Padma and the Brahmaputra river. Recently, as per the report, both the countries, India and Bangladesh, finalised and accepted the standard operating procedure for the movement of passengers cruise vessels.
Abdus Samsah, Bangladesh shipping secretary was quoted in the report saying that private players will be allowed to operate river cruise between the two countries, which will cover about a distance of 1,539 km. Moreover, both the countries also agreed to allow private operators to run coastal cruise from Chennai to Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.
As per the report, an official from the Shipping Ministry informed that the river route passes through Sunderbans as well as other scenic areas, thereby making it a fascinating route to opt for. “Thus, the river cruise journey will be a lifetime experience”. he added.
Kolkata-based Heritage Cruise which currently operates the Ganga Voyager has proposed to run the first vessel on the river route in the last week of March, next year.