Varanasi : In a bid to boost tourism in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday inaugurated Alaknanda, a luxury tourist cruise at Khidkiya Ghat here, during his two-day visit to the town.
The ride on this cruise will cost around Rs 750 per person, excluding the Goods and Service Tax. The double-storeyed cruise will give the tourists a tour of Varanasi with a capacity of holding 60 people on the lower deck and 30 people on the upper section. It will cover a distance of 10 kms from Assi Ghat to Rajghat. The lower deck is fully air-conditioned with a hall for parties and events. The cruise has bio-toilets so that the holy river is not polluted.
Speaking on the same, one of the crew members said, “The cruise will initially originate from Assi Ghat to Rajghat in Varanasi, where it would be divided into three different sections. It will cover the sunrise in the morning, the famous ‘Ganga aarti’ in the evening, and in the meantime, it will hold corporate events, parties, etc.”
The move has taken a few months ahead of Kumbh Mela which will be organised in Allahabad next year from January 15 to March 4.