If you love cruise holidays, then get ready to experience the East with this new river cruise that will reach Guwahati from Kolkata via Bangladesh, and will be operational from March 29th, 2019. By Nitya Malik

It is time to omit and ignore all the train and flight tickets from Kolkata to Guwahati as cruise vessels will do so via Dhaka. The route of the ship will be through Haldia in Bengal to Barisal and Dhaka in Bangladesh to reach Guwahati.

One will be crossing three rivers on this cruise — the Ganges in India, Jamuna in Bangladesh, and¬†Brahmaputra in Assam. Both the countries (India and Bangladesh) reached this agreement through a standard operating procedure. The process will be enabled through the Inland Protocol route and Coastal route of the Ministry. In technical terms, this is known as the protocol route 1&2 and 3&4.

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Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has taken the responsibility to facilitate the passenger cruise on National Waterways-2 under the guidance of shipping ministry.The cruise facility will begin from March 2019, and the Heritage Cruise in Kolkata will operate it. Private Cruise Players have also been permitted to run cruises via this route.