New Delhi:With an aim to start a 'Ramayan Cruise Tour' on the Saryu river in Ayodhya soon, the Shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday chaired a review meeting for the implementation of cruise service.
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"It will be the first-ever luxury cruise service on the Saryu river (Ghagra/National Waterways-40) in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. It aims to give mesmerizing experience to devotees with one-of-its-kind spiritual journeys while cruising through the famous ghats of the holy river Saryu", the Shipping Ministry officials said.
The cruise will be equipped with all luxury comfort and facilities along with all essential safety and security features at par with the global standard. The interiors of the cruise and the boarding point will be based on the theme of Ramcharitmanas.
According to the Ministry officials, the a fully air-conditioned 80-seater cruise will be launched for this purpose and the ship will have large glass windows for experiencing the scenic beauty of Ghats along with with kitchen and pantry facilities for the comfort of the tourists. The cruise will contain bio toilets and hybrid engine system for the 'zero effect' on environment.
Tourists will be taken on the 'Ramcharitmanas Tour' of 1-1.5 hour duration, featuring an exclusively made video film of 45-60 minutes duration, based on Ramcharitmanas by Goswami Tulsidas, covering the period from the birth of Lord Ram to his Rajyabhishek.
The entire tour will cover the approximately 15-16 Km distance. There will be several activities and selfie points inspired by different episodes of Ramayan. The tour will be followed by Saryu Aarti, in which every member will be able to actively participate.
Ayodhya is the birthplace of Lord Ram, as mentioned in the great Indian epic Ramayan. It is also the first of the seven most important pilgrimage sites known as Mokshdayini Sapt Puris for the Hindus.(UNI)