New Delhi: Devotees visiting Ayodhya will soon be able to enjoy ‘Ramayan Cruise Tour’ on the Saryu river. The first-ever luxury cruise service aims to give the mesmerizing experience of the divine journey to devotees visiting the holy city Ayodhya
Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday (December 1) chaired a review meeting for the implementation of cruise service, which will be the first-ever luxury Cruise service on the Saryu river (Ghagra/National Waterways-40) in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, according to an official statement.
The luxury Cruise service aims to give a mesmerizing experience to devotees with one-of-its-kind spiritual journeys while cruising through the famous ghats of the holy river Saryu.
Key features of Cruise service
-The cruise will be equipped with all luxury comfort and facilities along with all essential safety and security features at par with the global standard.
-The interiors of the cruise and the boarding point will be based on the theme of Ramcharitmanas.
-The fully air-conditioned 80-seater cruise will have large glass windows for experiencing the scenic beauty of Ghats.
-The cruise will be equipped with kitchen and pantry facilities for the comfort of the tourists.
-The cruise contains bio toilets and hybrid engines system for the ‘zero effect’ on the environment.
-There will be several activities and selfie points inspired by different episodes of Ramayan.
-The tour will be followed by Saryu Aarti, in which every member will be able to actively participate.
-Ayodhya is the birthplace of Lord Ram, as mentioned in the great Indian epic Ramayan.
-It is also the first of the seven most important pilgrimage sites (Mokshdayini Sapt Puris) for the Hindus.
Tourists will be taken on the ‘Ramcharitmanas Tour’, of 1-1.5 hour duration, featuring an exclusively made video film of 45-60 minutes duration, based on Ramcharitmanas by Goswami Tulsidas, covering the period from the birth of Lord Ram to his Rajyabhishek. The entire tour will cover approximately 15-16 Km distance.
Approximately, two crore tourists visit Ayodhya every year as per the data of UP tourism, for the year 2019. After completion of the Ram Mandir, it is to be believed that the inflow of the tourists will be increased.
The ‘Ramayan Cruise Tour’ will not only attract a large number of tourists but it will also generate direct and indirect employment opportunities in the region. Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways will provide all necessary infrastructural support for the smooth operation of the cruise service.