News at 9: World’s longest cruise journey from India, Glass-Roofed Mumbai-Goa Vistadome Train and more

News at 9: World's longest cruise journey from India, Glass-Roofed Mumbai-Goa Vistadome Train and more

Photo Credit: India’s Antara Luxury River Cruises

India’s Very Own River Cruise Will Soon Embark On The World’s Longest River Journey, All you need to know about the glass-roofed Mumbai-Goa vistadome train and more in top news of the day.

This cruise from India is set to embark on the world’s longest river journey!

India’s Antara Luxury River Cruises is planning to embark on the longest river journey in December 2022. It is touted as the world’s longest river journey that will set off on a 51-day journey aboard the company’s Antara Ganga Vilas ship that will pass through the Ganges and Brahmaputra.
Reportedly, this ship will commence its journey from Uttar Pradesh’s Kashi, and will culminate in Dibrugarh, Assam. As per the company statement, the ship will sail through 5 states, 27 smaller rivers, and 2 countries. The journey will be called The Grand Cruise, and will provide both on-site and off-site experiences every day. The itinerary will include a number of World Heritage Sites situated in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, and other places. The cruise will also enter Bangladesh, and will pass via the UNESCO-accredited Sundarban.

All You Need To Know About The Glass-Roofed Mumbai-Goa Vistadome Train

The Indian Railways has introduced vistadome coaches in some trains for passengers to make the most of their experience. One of the most popular of these trains is the Jan Shatabdi Express between Mumbai and Goa. The train has got an incredible response from travellers. It recorded a 100 percent occupancy rate between October and December 2021.
Known as the Dadar-Madgaon Jan Shatabdi or CSMT-Madgaon Jan Shatabdi or simply the Mumbai-Madgaon Jan Shatabdi, the train journeys along the Konkan Coast, offering stunning 360-degree views of the Western Ghats through its wide glass windows and glass ceilings. The train not only comes with rotatable chairs but also features an observation lounge. The vistadome coaches of this train are equipped with a digital entertainment system and Wi-Fi.

Timings: Departs from CSMT, Mumbai at ) 05:10 am and reaches Madgaon, Goa at 02:10 pm
Frequency: Daily
Fare: Rs. 2,280 plus service fee

Thailand discourages discounts to attract tourists; to focus on high-value tourists

As per the latest news reports, Thailand has already witnessed 2 million visitors in the first half of the year, which indicates steady growth of its tourism industry after it almost collapsed due to the COVID pandemic. However, now Thailand’s hotels, private hospitals, and businesses have been asked to refrain from offering big discounts to attract tourists, and focus instead on raising the country’s value as a premium travel destination. Thailand launched a long-term visa programme earlier this year for wealthy foreigners and skilled workers, thereby sticking to its plan to attract high-spending visitors.

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