Railways launch Ramayana Yatra: 17 days, Rs 82,000 trip
To promote religious tourism in India, The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has launched ‘Shri Ramayana Yatra’ via a deluxe AC tourists train.
According to a press release by IRCTC, this tour will start from Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station on November 7, and cover the visit of all prominent places associated with the life of Bhagwan Shri Rama. The special train has the slogan of ‘Dekho Apna Desh’, which completes the entire trip in 17 days, covering a distance of 7,500kms
The tour will have its first halt at Ayodhya, where tourists will visit Shri Ram Janmabhoomi temple and Hanuman temple and additionally Bharat Mandir at Nandigram.
After Ayodhya, the next destination will be Sitamarhi in Bihar, Sita Ji’s birthplace and Ram-Janaki temple in Janakpur (Nepal), which will be covered by road.
Post Sitamarhi, the train will move to Varanasi, and tourists will get to visit temples at Varanasi, Prayag, Shringverpur and Chitrakoot by road.
Night stay will be provided at Varanasi, Prayag and Chitrakoot.
The next halt of the train will be Nasik, Hampi and Rameshwaram will be the last destination of this train tour after which the train will return to Delhi on the 17th Day of its journey.
The journey will cost Rs 82,950 for 2AC and Rs 1,02,09 for 1AC class. It includes AC hotel accommodation, meals, transfer, sight-seeing, travel insurance, and IRCTC Tour Managers services.
IRCTC has clearly mentioned that all guests above 18 will need to be fully vaccinated to undertake the journey. It will provide safety kits with face masks, sanitisers, and gloves to all passengers.
Beyond that, theIndian railways is also planning to launch a similar circuit train dedicated towards Sikh Pilgrimage in the country. The train will be called “Gurudwara Circuit Train” for Sikh devotees to visit their pilgrimage sites.
The pilgrimage is scheduled to take 11 days to complete. According to ANI, the train will have both AC and sleeper coaches. The Gurudwara Circuit Special train's fare and other details are being finalized and will be made accessible to the public soon.
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