Friday, August 19, 2022

Antara Cruises to launch world’s longest river cruise

Antara Luxury River Cruises has chalked out plans for a 51-day cruise starting from Kashi (Uttar Pradesh) to Dibrugarh (Assam) via Sunderbans and Bangladesh. The cruise will go across 27 smaller rivers, 5 states and 2 countries

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The next time you come to India and want your children to learn about South Asian culture, you will be able to do just that. Antara Luxury River Cruises has chalked out plans for a 51-day cruise starting from Kashi (Uttar Pradesh) to Dibrugarh (Assam) via Sunderbans and Bangladesh. The cruise will go across 27 smaller rivers, 5 states and 2 countries.

Raj Singh (a renowned authority on Indian wildlife and author of well-respected guides on the mammals, birds and aquatic life of the subcontinent), Founder Chairman of Antara Luxury River Cruises, speaking about the luxury cruise said: “Each experience has been personally vetted and designed by me for fellow enthusiastic travellers. The historic route has been finalised with the support, assistance and cooperation of the Governments of India and Bangladesh that are working together to ensure a seamless travel between the two countries.”

Singh also said: “Our guests visit Matiari where they watch brassware and textiles in the villages being hand-created, they walk on the same grounds on archaeological sites that date to over 2500 years. We go to Vikramshila, one of the largest Buddhist universities alongside Nalanda and Bhagalpur for its centuries old Tussar silk weaving traditions.

Starting at Varanasi the cruise will stop at places in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal and enter Bangladesh. The journey will continue from Dhaka into the Jamuna to the north of Bangladesh and turn east to re-enter India at Dhubri, on the Brahmaputra for the Assam leg of the trip

The fascinating colonial, Dutch and French influences and architecture across the interiors of Bengal, the raw untouched beauty across the Bangladesh-India border with the Sunderbans, precious arts and artisan visits where guests can engage with and talk to them- we have so carefully curated the entire journey, each stop, and every experience. A real insight into understanding this special region whilst enjoying the phenomenal riverscapes that the revered Ganga and Brahmaputra offer.”

The 51-day cruise aboard Antara’s new art-deco boutique ship, Antara Ganga Vilas will cater to the needs of leisure travellers, history buffs, culture enthusiasts, and nature lovers. The cruise further allows for a hop-on and hop-off option for those who would like to travel only on specific segments.

Starting at Varanasi the cruise will stop at places in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal and enter Bangladesh. The journey will continue from Dhaka into the Jamuna to the north of Bangladesh and turn east to re-enter India at Dhubri, on the Brahmaputra for the Assam leg of the trip.

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Tirthankar Ghosh
Tirthankar Ghosh is a senior journalist and presently Managing Editor, Newsline Publications. He has also been writing for well over 15 years for the New York-based Air Cargo News Flying Typers.

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