Feb 26, 2009
When Eric Newby decided to take a boat and travel from Haridwar to Kolkata on the Ganga, he met with many difficulties(Read: "Slowly down the Ganges" by Eric Newby). There was not enough water to take the boat in most places. But beyond Allahabad where the river was wide and deep, it was a smooth ride all the way.
From later this year, you can traverse this stretch in luxury, taking a cruise boat from Kolkata and going upstream in comfort all the way to Varanasi. TransIndus, a UK based tour organizer, will be running cruise tours from Kolkata to Varanasi, starting this September. The 15 day journey upstream will be traversed in a 28 cabin luxury vessel that can accommodate 56 people. Read more on it at http://www.itgo.in/index.php?option=com'content&task=view§ionid=8&id=23155
Though the Ganga is navigable after Varanasi, and British vessels once used to carry cargo from Kolkata all the way to Allahabad, there haven't been many attempts to use this stretch for tourism. Besides Kerala's backwaters, the only well known river cruise runs along Brahmaputra. Both Varanasi and Kolkata have good potential for tourism, and there is a good chance that this will be a successful initiative.
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