MV Rajmahal – Luxury River Cruise from Patna to Varanasi
Buddhism is something that connects Bihar to other parts of the world. Tourists traveling to India can now witness the beauty of Ganges River with a luxury cruise service from Ganga river in Patna to Varanasi.
The luxury Cruise – MV Rajmahal – kicked off for an unforgettable trip from Patna to Varanasi on September 6, 2014.
The journey costs less than USD 2,000 (Rs.1.20 lakh approx.). Foreign tourists can enjoy the cruise on the Ganga in this luxurious suite for seven nights.
The actual travel cost is USD 1,400-1,500. Rest will go for services like spa sessions, massages, shopping and liquor while they travel to tourist spots on the route through eastern UP and Bihar.
The cruise ship has 22 air-conditioned and spacious cabins spread over two decks. The large windows in the cabins and seating area provide clear view of the Ganges. Apart from and a dining room offering different cuisines, there is a huge sundeck where travelers can enjoy sunsets and view the villages on the coast.
The trip is for the period of seven days and if you are traveling from Varanasi to Patna, these are the top destinations or stoppages during the journey:
- Mughal era Chuna Fort
- British cemetery
- Ramnagar - to see the Maharaja Palace
- Ganga Aarti
Tourists can visit the Buddhist site Sarnath, Sher Shah Suri's Sasaram Fort and Buxar. Other important destinations in Bihar are Nalanda, Bodh Gaya and Rajgir where you can take a day’s break and visit these places.
Best Time to Visit
Currently, the services are being provided for 45 days with 6 trips during September 6 and October 20. It would largely depend on the water levels in the river Ganga but the best time would always be post monsoon, around September.