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Ganga Vilas: World’s longest 51-day river cruise is booked for 5 years | Everything you need to know

There will be 32 foreign tourists in this river cruise, who will travel for 51 days



Ganga Vilas: World's longest 51-day river cruise

MV Ganga Vilas is all set to embark on the world’s longest river cruise journey. It stands at the Ramnagar port in Varanasi. On January 13, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag it off for a long journey of 3,200 km. The cruise will depart from Varanasi to Dibrugarh in Assam via Bangladesh. There will be 32 foreign tourists in this river cruise, who will travel for 51 days. The cruise has luxury facilities like a 5 star hotel.

What is special about the cruise, how much is the fare? What is a route map? Let us also know about it one by one…

Everything you wanted to know about the cruise

The journey is of 51 days. Distance– 3200 kms.

Route of Cruise– Ganga-Bhagirathi-Hooghly River System (National Water Way 1), Kolkata to Dhubri (Indo Bangla Protocol Route) and Brahmaputra (National Water Way 2). There will be 27 rivers on the way.

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A beautiful view of the Ganges is visible from inside the luxurious suite of the cruise.

Major rivers that will fall on the way– Ganga, Bhagirathi, Hooghly, Vidyavati, Matla, Sundarbans River Systems-5, Meghna, Padma, Jamuna and Brahmaputra.

The cruise will pass through 5 states and Bangladesh- UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Assam and Bangladesh.

Major stopovers on the way of cruise – Varanasi, Patna, Kolkata, Dhaka, Guwahati, Dibrugarh including 50 major tourist destinations.

There is also a gym on the cruise.

Facilities on the cruise

  • 18 suites, restaurant, bar, spa, sundeck, gym and lounge.
  • The 40-seat restaurant on the main deck has buffet counters with continental and Indian food.
  • The upper deck’s outdoor seating has a bar with steamer chairs and a coffee table.
  • There are also bathrooms with bathtubs, convertible beds, French balconies, LED TVs, safes, smoke alarms, life vests and sprinklers.
There is a 40 seater restaurant on the 2nd floor of the cruise.

The fare for the whole tour – 19 lakh rupees for one person. The rent of the suite is 38 lakhs. This rate can increase or decrease according to the space.

The speciality of the cruise – 62.5 meters long and 12.8 meters wide Ganga Vilas Cruise has a fuel tank of 40 thousand liters and a water tank of 60 thousand liters.

Cruise speed – The cruise speed in up stream is 10 to 12 kmph. The cruise speed in down stream is 15 to 20 kmph.

When will it reach Assam– The expected date of Ganga Vilas Cruise’s arrival at Dibrugarh is March 1, 2023.

Travelers will see Sundarbans and Royal Bengal Tiger

  • The cruise will pass through Meghna river on its way to Dibrugarh. Tourists will also see Sundarbans here. It is a UNESCO certified World Heritage Site. Royal Bengal tigers also live in the beautiful forest.
  • Kaziranga National Park will also fall on the way. Where the world famous one horned rhinoceros and elephant live. Majuli island is also here. It is the largest river island in the world.
Route map of Ganga Vilas cruise

The moonlit night view from the cruise would be amazing

  • The moonlit night view from the cruise would be amazing. The cruise will stop wherever there is fog. A ship moves ahead of the cruise. It is deployed in the safety of the cruise.
  • There will be a pilot on the ship, who will guide the cruise captain. The pilot and master of the cruise will change in Kolkata. All other staff will remain.
  • Cruise suites have life jackets, fire alarms etc. for safety. At the same time, 4 small steamers are also attached with the cruise for emergency. Food and drink for 51 days is available in the cruise.

All 18 suites of the cruise are booked for 5 years

  • Advance booking of Ganga Vilas for full 5 years has been done. It has been booked by different tourist groups of the world. The fare for the journey starting from January 13 is Rs 19 lakh. All 32 passengers boarding from Varanasi will travel till Dibrugarh. There will be no further booking on this route.
  • Presently 8 river cruises are operating between Varanasi and Kolkata in the country. Apart from this, cruise will also sail on the second national waterway (Brahmaputra river).

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Open AI CEO Sam Altman meets PM Modi to discuss potential opportunities of Artificial Intelligence in India

OpenAI is the firm behind ChatGPT, an artificial chatbot.



Sam Altman PM Narendra Modi

On Thursday, Open AI Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sam Altman met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

Altman in his meeting with PM Modi discussed the need for global regulation related to artificial intelligence.

OpenAI is the firm behind ChatGPT, an artificial chatbot.

Altman’s meeting with PM Narendra Modi holds significance as India is in the process of regulating AI through the upcoming Digital India Bill, which is likely to replace the Information Technology (IT) Act. As per reports, during the meeting PM Modi and Altman discussed the potential and opportunities of artificial intelligence in India together with the need for regulations to address the loopholes of this emerging technology.

Addressing the Digital India Dialogues event at IIT Delhi, Altman expressed his satisfaction with the meeting and added that the Prime Minister provided great answers on why India has embraced ChatGPT. In addition, he further elaborated that they talked about India’s prospects, the necessary steps for the country along with the importance of global regulations to avert negative consequences.

Furthermore, speaking about his company Altman said, they have spent almost 8 months on GPT for making sure that it was safe enough to release.

He mentioned that they build the technology and have worked with organisations to figure out what the limits should be and tested them all.

He also acknowledged that they think,  coordination and self-regulation is important. However, the world should not be left entirely in the hands of the companies.

In addition, narrating about his plan for India, Altman mentioned, the first thing he will do in India is to fund startups. Considering, India’s strong IT industry along with large set of data, AI-based utilities can leverage huge potential in the country.

Although, AI is still in its early stages. He expressed that they were always amazed and quite grateful for the quality of Indian startups. Following the meeting, PM Modi thanked Altman for the insightful conversation. He tweeted that the potential of AI in enhancing India’s tech ecosystem is indeed vast and that too among the youth in particular. He also welcomed collaborations that can accelerate digital

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Caught on cam: 22-year-old man hits, stabs man on Delhi street, suspect arrested

The 22-year-old boys are identified as Kasim, the victim, and Sohaib, the attacker. However, police have taken Sohaib into custody.



man stabbing

A man has been seen hitting and stabbing another man on a road in yet another terrifying incident that has been reported from Delhi’s Nand Nagri PS area late on Thursday night.

The video of the incident has gone viral on the internet. A CCTV camera was present at the place of occurrence and recorded the entire incident.

The 22-year-old boys are identified as Kasim, the victim, and Sohaib, the attacker. However, police have taken Sohaib into custody.

Kasim first got hit by Sohaib before he noticed stabbing him with a knife as he lay on the road. Then, using the knife, the attacker stabbed the victim’s left elbow severely, causing a strange bend. Surprisingly, the witnesses did not try to help the victim or stop the attacker as he walked away.

Kasim’s mother was horrified after seeing her son in near to death situation. She rushed over to Kasim and took him in her arms. In the video, she can be heard screaming that her son has been stabbed repeatedly. The incident happened at about 10:30 p.m.

After that Kasim was taken to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital (GTB) in Shahdara, Delhi. Later, he was sent to the Safdarjung Enclave Trauma Centre at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi. He is receiving treatment and has not given the police a statement due to the serious injuries.

The accused and victim both lived in the same area and were known to each other. However, it is still unclear what has led to the conflict. Police has begun the investigation after the FIR was filed.

The case is similar to the 16-year-old Sakshi murder case in Delhi a week ago, a 20-year-old man Sahil made a gruesome attack on a girl called Sakshi, whom he stabbed more than 20 times and bludgeoned to death with a cement slab.

The next day, Sahil who had escaped the incident was arrested in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahar.

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Fire engulfs Delhi hospital, 20 newborns rescued

Delhi Fire Service Director Atul Garg said, at 1:35 am, they received a call about a fire to have broken out at a hospital. First, four teams were sent but later as they were informed there were 20 newborns trapped, again four more tenders were sent.



West delhi hospital fire

A fire broke out at a West Delhi hospital in the early hours of Friday, 20 newborns were rescued and no fatalities reported.

The incident reported at a Child hospital in the Vaishali colony of Delhi.

As many as nine fire fighting teams were effectuated to rescue the newborns from the deadly ablaze.

All 20 newborns were immediately shifted to other medical facilities after were rescued.

As per the Delhi police, 13 of the 20 rescued newborns were shifted to Janakpuri’s Arya hospital, two were shifted to a newborn child hospital in Dwarka, two were shifted to JK Hospital in Janakpuri and other three were discharged after rescue.

Reports said, the fire broke out at around 1:35 am after some furniture items caught fire, but was brought into control by the Delhi fire service team.

Delhi Fire Service Director Atul Garg said, at 1:35 am, they received a call about a fire to have broken out at a hospital. First, four teams were sent but later as they were informed there were 20 newborns trapped, again four more tenders were sent.

Garg said, he and his team reached the spot on time and were succesful in extinguishing the fire.

Garg also claimed the hospital did not have a fire NOC and it was just a one floor hospital.

Further investigation is underway to find out the reason behind.

The incident comes just a day after a massive fire broke out at a hospital in Lucknow.

An under-construction facility of the King George Medical University’s (KGMU) of Lucknow was engulfed with fire, which was later brought under control with no casualties reported.

A similar incident was reported from Mumbai early this morning, a huge fire broke out in a 5-storey building in the Zaveri Bazaar area of Mumbai, which trapped around 50-60 people inside the building.

However, with the efforts of 12 fire tenders team, all the people trapped were evacuated safely.

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