INLAND WATER TRANSPORT IN INDIA
“CRUISE FROM PATNA TO VARANASI”
Inland Water Transport (IWT) is an environment friendly
mode of transport.
It has a vast potential to act as an alternate and
supplementary mode of transportation under certain
India has an extensive network of rivers, lakes and canals
which, upon development, can provide an efficient
network of inland transportation.
The current share of IWT in total inland transport is not
‘INLAND WATERWAY AUTHORITY OF INDIA’ is the authority under Ministry
of Shipping, GOI.
‘ABN RAJMAHAL’-An unforgettable trip from Patna to Varanasi
7 nights cruise sailing from Patna to Varanasi.
Cruise Line :Assam Bengal Navigation
Price : Less than USD 2000 (1.20 lacs INR)
Season : August-September
CHALLENGES TO FACE
Seasonal i.e. Aug-Sept.
Itinerary subject to climatic and river condition.
Presently lacking GPS navigation support.
Will attract only rich or affluent people.
Pollution in the “Ganges”.
Source of revenue generation.
Waterways as a new mode of transportation.
A tribute to ‘Ganga’.
Source of employment.
LESS POPULAR DESTINATIONS WILL GET EXPLOITED
Journey will cover many tourist destinations which are still less explored.
Small Moughal Tomb at Maner.
Confluence of the river Ganga with river Son at port Doriganj.
Ballia and Buxar where the famous Battle Of Pallasey was fought in 1757.
Visit the memorial cemetery of East India Company.
Chausa and Gazipur still a centre for (official) opium production.
Visit the little town of Zamania(mysterious monolithic column)
Sarnath and the Deer Park where Buddha preached his first sermon.
Varanasi To Chunar, visit great Moughal fort and the old British Cemetery
Lastly, joining the great Ganga Arti ceremony at Varanasi.
HOW TO PROMOTE THE CRUISE TRANSPORT ?
Through online marketing.
Spreading awareness among inbound tourist especially Japanese, Korean,
Taiwanese, Chinese, Indonesian, Cambodian & British.
Presenting local cuisines to the tourists.
Dolphins in the river Ganga may be one of the factors.
A advent of cruise transport in states like U.P. & Bihar.