After launching India’s first-of-a-kind tram library, the West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) will now introduce a 90-minute cruise on the beautiful Hooghly river. The cruise journey will commence from Millennium Park Jetty, near Kolkata’s B.B.D Bagh area. It will take tourists along several iconic landmarks of Kolkata like Mayer Ghat, where the wife of Ramakrishna Paramhamsa, Sri Ma Sarada used to visit every day. This special service will start on October 1 and will cost just ₹39 per person. Read on to know the details.
90-Minute Cruise Journey From Millennium Park Jetty
The West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) will launch a 90-minute cruise joyride on Kolkata’s Hooghly river on October 1. The water vessel will be a unique one, adorned with beautiful artworks, reflecting the vibrant spirit of the city of joy, Kolkata. To make the experience more splendid, soothing traditional Bengali music will play in the backdrop. The trip will start and end at Millennium Park Jetty. Also, the ticket price will be only ₹39 per person. The journey will take place from 4 pm to 6 pm on weekdays. On Saturdays and Sundays, the trip timings will be 12 pm to 2 pm and 4 pm to 6 pm. The Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) has also planned to build an underwater tunnel beneath river Hooghly.
Special Educational Tours Might Take Place As Well In Future
According to the Indian Express report, Rajanvir Singh Kapur, WBTC managing director, said, “The idea is to make heritage river cruise experience affordable, and popular among the youth.” The report also stated about another official saying, “People will be able to see Mayer Ghat where Sri Ma Sarada, wife of Ramakrishna Paramhamsa used to visit daily. From the cruise, people will also be able to pay homage at Nimtala ghat where several legendary icons, including Rabindra Nath Tagore, Acharaya Prafulla Chandra Ray and Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose have been cremated.”
There have been talks about making special arrangements for educational tours as well in future. With COVID-19 pandemic in place, the authorities will follow all the guidelines of safety and social distancing and won’t allow more than 150 people inside the cruise at a time.
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If you plan a trip to Kolkata, in addition to visiting the popular tourist spots like the Victoria Memorial Hall, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Indian Museum and Dakshineshwar Kali Temple, don’t forget to take this amazing cruise ride on river Hooghly. Gazing upon the Kolkata city, along with the Howrah Bridge and Vidyasagar Setu, while enjoying the soft river breeze, is a different experience altogether. For now, allow us to take y’all on a virtual tour to Kolkata: