A Ramayan cruise tour service on the Saryu river in Ayodhya will be launched soon, according to the Shipping and Waterways Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, who chaired a review meeting for the implementation of the cruise service recently.
Aiming to give devotees a mesmerizing experience with a one-of-its-kind spiritual journeys, the Ramayan service will be the first-ever luxury cruise on the Saryu river in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.
The cruise will be equipped with all luxury comfort and facilities along with essential safety and security features at par with global standards.
The interiors of the cruise ship and the boarding point will be based on the theme of Ramcharitmanas by Goswami Tulasidas.
The fully air-conditioned 80-seater cruise will have large glass windows for experiencing the scenic beauty of the Ghats. The cruise will be equipped with kitchen and pantry facilities for the comfort of tourists.
The cruise contains bio toilets and hybrid engines systems for a ‘zero effect’ on the environment.
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, covering the period from the birth of Lord Rama to his Rajyabhishek.
The entire tour will cover an approximately 15-16 km distance. There will be several activities and selfie points inspired by different episodes of the 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 Rama, as mentioned in the great Indian epic Ramayana. It is also the first of the seven most important pilgrimage sites (Moksha Dayini Sapta Puris) for the Hindus.
Approximately, 2 crore tourists visit Ayodhya every year, as per 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 increase.
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.
The Ministry will provide all necessary infrastructural support for the smooth operation of the cruise service.
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