The pioneer in luxury hospitality, the Antara group recently launched the largest river cruise in the world. Featuring the Antara Ganga Vilas, the 20th-century ship will head for a 51-day-long trip. The route will commence from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, and conclude in Bangladesh. Claiming to set a world record the ship will sail across a total of 27 small rivers, five states, and two countries.
Embarking on its course from Varanasi, the ship will meander through world heritage sites in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and West Bengal. The route then will then head straight up to the world's biggest mangroves - the UNESCO-protected Sundarbans Forests. And, next up will be entering Bangladesh to explore the floating markets of Barisal, Bagerhat which is home to the famed 60 dome mosque in Sonargaon. The journey will continue up till Dhaka into the Jamuna, the north of Bangladesh, and turn east to re-enter India at Dhubri.
As exciting the route appears, as exciting is the cruise. That said, each room in the ship draws inspiration from a color-square painting by Bauhaus and Black Mountain. Next up is the large ceiling-to-floor guillotine windows bringing the beautiful river views into the ship's expansive spaces.
Speaking on this preeminent itinerary, a pioneer in luxury river tourism and Founder Chairman of Antara Luxury River Cruises, Raj Singh said, "Each experience has been personally vetted and designed by me for fellow enthusiastic travelers. The historic route has been finalized with the support, assistance, and cooperation of the Governments of India and Bangladesh that are working together to ensure a seamless journey between the two countries." Mr. Raj Singh is a renowned authority on Indian wildlife and has authored well-respected guides on the mammals, birds, and aquatic life of the subcontinent.
The magnificent Ganga Vilas is all set to welcome aboard the passengers from December 2022. And, will surely pave a way for boosting the tourism economy, adding value to the renowned civilizations that were set across these river banks.