Hooghly River: Durga Pooja 2020 is at its peak and this is the most auspicious festival of Kolkata, West Bengal. And like every year, Kolkata is not stepping back to bring something special in their tourism bucket.
This year, the great addition in their beauty attraction is a Heritage Cruise ride on the Hooghly river introduced by the Bengal Heritage Department. The guided trip with a time duration of 1.5 hours was shown a green flag on 8 October 2020. With the nominal price of just Rs 39, now residents and tourists can enjoy the beauty of all travel spots and rivers via that cruise which touches the bank of Hooghly River.
The cruise will operate for the whole week. It will have a separate cafe to buy evening snacks and tea while traveling. A drinking water facility and heritage navigation brochure will also be provided to the guests.
Because of the pandemic, not more than 150 people will be allowed per trip. Other precautionary measures will be also taken care of like sanitizing the whole cruise after each trip, wearing masks, temperature checks, and maintaining social distance.
The cruise will start from Millennium Park Jetty and move towards north Kolkata and will return to the same spot from where it started. Selfie booths have been set up on both the ends of the cruise in which people can take their pictures with the beauty of Kolkata.
On the way, passengers will also get a chance to see the scenic iconic beauty of Howrah Bridge, decorated with multi-colored LED lights. And while sailing downstream and upstream, they will also get through Armenian Ghat ( built by Manvel Hazaar in 1734), Nimtala Ghat, Mayer Ghat (derived its name from Maa Sarada Devi), Chandpal ghat.
The cruise will move within about 17 km of Hoogly river while a visit to almost 20 ghats which have some history associated with it.