Varanasi company to launch mini-cruise service in Saryu
Two solar-powered ‘mini-cruise’ ships will operate in the Saryu River in Ayodhya before the inauguration of the Ram Temple in January. The vessels will offer a tour of Ayodhya's ghats and aim to spread knowledge of Lord Ram's life. The ships will be fully air-conditioned and operated by solar power. The cruise service is expected to boost tourism in Ayodhya and create job opportunities.
Two solar-powered ‘mini-cruise’ ships will start operating in the Saryu in Ayodhya before the inauguration of the Ram Temple in January next year, said Vikas Malviya, the director of Varanasi-based Alaknanda Cruise, which will offer the service.
Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, the ‘Ramayana’ vessels will aim to spread the knowledge of Lord Ram’s childhood, his years in Gurukul, Swayamvar, his years in the forest, his meeting with Lord Hanuman, his victory over Ravan and his comeback to Ayodhya, added Malviya, whose company already operates four such vessels in Varanasi.
“We will start operation of two mini-cruise ships in the Saryu River before the inauguration of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. We are in the final phase of preparations,” he said.
Malviya said each vessel would be a 30-seater and fully air-conditioned. “In the close to hour-long trip, pilgrims will catch glimpses of Ayodhya ghats on the banks of Saryu. They will have a mesmerising experience while cruising through the famous ghats of the holy river.”
He said that the vessels would be fully solar operated. Tourism officials said the cruise service would give a boost to tourism in Ayodhya and generate direct and indirect job opportunities.