Kolkata has just added another enticing element to its already rich bouquet of heart-warming offerings. You can now go on a 90-minute cruise on Hooghly River and witness yet another magical side of the city, and that too at just INR 39! Truly, joy knows no bounds in this city. By Kumar Shree

The West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) will soon launch a programme for a cruise ride on the Hooghly river. As per reports, the cruise will start operations from October 1. The trip will start and end at the Millennium Park jetty. We are pretty convinced, this cruise on the Hooghly river will soon shape up to be one of the most iconic experiences in the city. After all, how else can you manage to witness the surreal views of the Howrah bridge at such an affordable price?


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The vessel will be adorned with colourful local art that will offer visitors a glimpse into the deep cultural roots of Bengal. And, traditional Bengali music matching the tunes of the river waves will surely leave you mesmerised during the ride.

As reported by The Indian Express, WBTC’s Managing Director Rajanvir Singh Kapur said, “The idea is to make heritage river cruise experience affordable, and popular among the youth.”

This cruise on the Hooghly river will sail from 04:00 pm to 06:00 pm (Monday-Friday), and on Saturday and Sunday, the cruise will sail from 12:00 pm to 02:00 pm, and 04:00 pm to 06:00 pm. The cruise will sail past popular heritage spots of the city. A free tour guide will help visitors identify key attractions along the way and will talk about the history of iconic places.


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The Indian Express also quoted an official, who said, “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 [laid to pyre].”

Lastly, be assured, all safety measures will be in place, and a maximum of 150 people will be allowed on board at one time.

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