Promoting river cruise tourism in Bihar and creating new centres of attraction for tourists in Patna and Bhagalpur, the state tourism department and the Inland Waterways Authority of India signed a memorandum of understanding. Two vessels, each capable of accommodating up to 300 tourists, will operate in Patna and Bhagalpur. The vessels are expected to arrive in Patna and Bhagalpur within the next two weeks.
Both the vessels will be new attractions for cruise tourism in the state, allowing tourists to organize various events like social gatherings and meetings.
One of the vessels will navigate between Janardan Ghat near Digha, Patna (west of J P Setu), and Kangan Ghat in Patna City. Patna’s attractions will also include visit to Takht Sri Harimandir Sahib.
The second vessel will connect Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary via Bhagalpur’s Kahalgaon, Sultanganj, and Bateshwar. During the cruises, tourists will be treated to a leisurely tour of the Ganga ghats of Patna and Bhagalpur at an approximate speed of 15km per hour.
The tender process for the cruise operations is underway. Once all formalities are completed, the cruises will be promptly launched to boost tourism in the region.