UP plans to launch luxury cruise ships in Ayodhya

Yogi Adityanath’s government announced on Saturday that it will introduce river cruises and houseboat tours in Ayodhya. The 25 meter long and 8.3 meter wide luxury cruise ships cost 11 crore rupees and can accommodate up to 100 passengers.

The first floor of the ships will have an open deck, allowing tourists to see the city while cruising the Saryu and also take part in the evening aarti in the ghats. Tourism Department Deputy Director RP Yadav said the department’s land near Chaudhary Charan Singh Park in Nayaghat will be offered to the company operating the cruise to build the jetty. The government has asked the company to prepare for launch ahead of the inauguration of Ram Mandir and also make arrangements for crowd management during deepotsavs.

“Two cruise ships are launched. The schedule for the first is October so it will be ready before Deepotsav. But there is still a lot of work to be done, so the deadline could be a bit delayed,” said an official.

The cruise ships will be named Kanak and Pushpak. Next to Nayaghat, another jetty will be constructed at Guptar Ghat. The two cruise ships would make multiple trips a day across the 9km route, an official said.

“Both will be battery powered and solar powered,” he added. The state government has partnered with Alaknanda Cruiseline, the company that runs a similar service in Varanasi. Another company called Ayodhya Cruiseline is also being incorporated by the government.

While one ship is being prepared at Guptar Ghat, the second is being built in Kochi, Kerala. Digital screens, selfie points, restaurants and other modern conveniences are offered to passengers boarding the double-decker cruise ships.

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