Alaknanda cruise at Varanasi: Devprayag is the confluence of two holy rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi to form Ganga. According to religious scriptures, Devprayag is one of the five important holy confluences. Rivers like Bhagirathi, Alaknanda & the mythological river Saraswati (flowing underground) meet to from the River Ganga.
The Alaknanda is a Himalayan river in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and one of the two headstreams of the Ganges, the major river of Northern India and the holy river of Hinduism.
In hydrology, the Alaknanda is considered the source stream of the Ganges on account of its greater length and discharge, however, in Hindu tradition and culture, the other headstream, the Bhagirathi, is considered the source stream.
In an effort to promote tourism, Varanasi has started a 5-star luxury tourist cruise at Khidkiya Ghat, on September 2. The vessel named Alaknanda, is the first ever luxury cruise that will ferry passengers around all the 84 ghats. The 30-metre long double-decked modern liner, can ferry up to 110 passengers.
The luxury boat, which has a 450 HP engine, will be currently operated between Assighat and Rajghat in Varanasi. The tourism department in UP is planning to introduce more such boats in the waters of Ganga in future.
The boat has a space of 2000 sq-feet and the lower deck of the luxury cruise is air-conditioned. According to reports, the cost of a trip aboard the luxury boat will be around Rs 750. As part of safety provisions onboard, the boat is equipped with life jackets and the passengers will be under the supervision of lifeguards. A lifeboat for emergency situations has also been tugged to the cruise. The organisers have made it clear that the cruise boat can also be used for hosting parties and corporate events as the boat has been furnished with audio-visual systems.
The luxury boat, which has a 450 HP engine, will be currently operated between Assighat and Rajghat in the Varanasi. The tourism department in UP is planning to introduce more such boats in the waters of Ganga in future.
The morning cruise offers sunrise, while the evening one offers Ganga aarti. It starts from Assi Ghat takes around and concludes its journey at the same point only.
So what are you waiting for? Follow these simple steps and book your ride today only!
Steps to booking the tickets for Alaknanda Cruise:
- Step 1 – Visit the website of the Nordic Cruise line, nordicruiseline.com.
- Step 2- Then, click the “Book Now” option.
- Step 3– The Page will open with four options with different tours, dates, ticket prices, and time slots.
- Step 4– After every option, there is a ‘Book Now’ button. Whatever option you may like, click that ‘Book Now’ option.
- Step 5– Then, select ‘your tour date’ and ‘seats’ mentioned below and then click ‘Book Now ‘.
- Step 6- Click ‘Proceed to Checkout ‘ and fill in all the information and make payments