New Delhi: IRCTC Limited is launching and operating its first Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train (modern state of the art AC rake) from Delhi on June 21 which will cover all prominent places associated with the life of Lord Rama. The proposed 18 days Bharat Gaurav Tourist train tour has its first stop at Ayodhya where tourists will visit Ram Janmbhumi temple and Hanuman temple and additionally Bharat Mandir at Nandigram.
After Ayodhya, the next destination is Buxar where the tourists will be shown the hermitage of Maharishi Vishwamitra and the Ramrekha Ghat where the guests can take a holy dip in the Ganges From here the train moves to Sitamarhi for the visit of Sita’s birthplace and proceed by road to Janakprur (Nepal). Tourists will stay overnight at hotels in Janakpur and visit the famous Ram-Janaki Temple in Janakpur.
After of Sitamarhi visit, the Bharat Gaurav train proceeds to the oldest living city in the world, Varanasi. While at Kashi, tourists will walk around the temples at Varanasi Sita Samahit Sthal, Prayag, Shrinryerpuf, and Chitrakoot will be covered by road. Night stay at hotels will be provided at Varanasi, Prayag and Chitrakoot.
The train journey on the next leg moves to Nasik for an overnight stay at Hotels. Visit to Trayambakeshwar temple and Panchvati will be covered. The next destination after Nasik is the visit to the ancient city of Krishkindha, Hampi with an overnight stay at a hotel. Here the guests will visit the temple believed to be the birthplace of Shri Hanuman atop the Anjaneyadri Hills and other heritage and religious sites. Rameshwaram is the next destination of this train tour wherein Ramanathaswamy temple and Dhanushkodi will be covered along with an overnight stay at hotels.
The train destination is Kanchipuram where Shiv Kanchi, Vishnu Kanchi and Kamakhshi temples are on the day’s excursion. From here, the last destination that the train touches on this tour is Bhadrachalam in Telangana state which is also widely referred to as the Ayodhya of the south. After this, the train will return back to Delhi on the 18ft day of its journey covering roughly a distance of around SOOO Kms in this entire Ramayana tour.
This fully air-conditioned Bharat Gaurav train will comprise eleven 3’d AC coaches, one pantry car and two SLRs. Freshly cooked vegetarian meals will be served on board to the guests in their respective seats from the well-equipped modern pantry car. The train has also been fitted with an infotainment system for the entertainment of the passengers as well as for public announcements. From clean toilets to enhanced security features of CCTV Cameras and Security Guards for each coach have also been provided for the tourists.
Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train launch is in line with the Government of India initiative “Dekho Apna Desh” to promote domestic tourism. At a price range starting from Rs 62,1370/- per person, the IRCTC tourist train will be an 18 days all-inclusive tour package. The A11 inclusive Package price will cover train journey in 3rd AC, Night stays at AC hotels, A11 meals (VEG ONLY), all transfer & sight-seeing in buses, Travel Insurance and services of guide etc. A11 necessary health precautionary measures will be taken care of by providing safe and healthy travel during the tour. IRCTC will make efforts to provide a safe and memorable experience to the guests.
In order to make this package more attractive and affordable to a large population, IRCTC has tied up with Paytm and Razorpay payment gateways for providing EMI payment options for breaking the total payment into small amounts EMIs. Users can avail of the EMI payment option for making payments in 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 or 24 Month EMIs.
These EMI payment options can be made through Debit/Credit Cards. Government/PSU employees can avail LTC facility on this tour based on the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India.
Besides this, IRCTC will also provide a safety kit to all tourists containing a face mask, hand gloves and a hand sanitiser. Temperature check of all tourists and staff, frequent train sanitization at halt stations etc. and other precautions will be ensured. Staff shall be screened thoroughly and the kitchen will be cleaned & sanitized after every meal service. COVID-19 final vaccination is mandatory for all guests of the age of 18 years and above.
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