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‘Shri Ramayana Yatra Train Tours’: IRCTC to promote religious tourism with these luxury trains, see routes

IRCTC has planned a series of ‘Shri Ramayana Yatra Tours’ where 17 days tour will be organised to places associated with the life of Lord Rama.

New Delhi: In the wake of the improved Covid-19 situation across India, the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has planned a series of “Shri Ramayana Yatra Tours” to promote religious tourism while marking the gradual resumption of domestic tourism by trains. The press note issued by IRCTC stated that the tour will start from Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station and will visit all prominent places associated with the life of Lord Rama.

The e-ticketing arm of Indian Railways, IRCTC further said “it that planned the train tour packages utilising its Pilgrim Special Tourist Trains and Deluxe Tourist Trains duly understanding the requirement of the budget and premium segment tourists.”

Besides, IRCTC is getting a huge response from its customers and the first tour is fully booked. Considering the demand, it has decided to run the tour once again on December 12 keeping the price and duration the same.

Shri Ramayana Yatra Tour: Cost 

The total cost of the journey for those travelling in AC-II is priced at Rs 82,950 per person while those opting for AC-I would cost Rs 1,02,095 per person. Together, both the classes can accommodate 156 people.

Besides, the deluxe AC tourist train provides several luxurious features such as fine dining restaurants, a modern kitchen, shower cubicles in coaches, sensor-based washroom facilities, and a foot massager.

Shri Ramayana Yatra Tour

Package Price covers Train Journey in AC classes, Accommodation in AC Hotels, all meals (VEG ONLY), all transfer and sight-seeing in AC Vehicles, travel insurance and services of IRCTC Tour Managers etc,” the press note stated. All necessary health precautions measures will be taken care of by providing safe and healthy travel during the tour,” it added.

Shri Ramayana Yatra Tour: Routes

It is a 17 days tour with the first halt at Ayodhya where the tourists will visit Ram Janmabhumi temple and Hanuman temple along with Bharat Mandir at Nandigram. It will be followed by Bihar’s Sitamarhi and Sita Ji’s birthplace and Ram-Janki Temple in Janakpur, to be covered by road, stated the press note.

The train will then move to Varanasi, where they will visit temples at Varanasi, Prayag, Shringverpur, and Chitrakoot by road. Besides, a night stay will be provided at Varanasi, Prayag, and Chitrakoot. The train will then stop at Nasik where the tourists will visit Trayambakeshwar temple and Panchvati.

The next destination will be ancient Krishkindha city, Hampi. The last destination will be Rameshwaram, after which the train will return to Delhi. The entire tour will be roughly 7,500 km.

Shri Ramayana Yatra Express – Madurai

Other packages include 12 nights/13 days Shri Ramayana Yatra Express – Madurai, which will depart on November 16. According to the statement, IRCTC will be operating Shri Ramayana Yatra Express – Madurai with its budget-segment train consisting of sleeper class coaches, considering the tourists of South India.

The train will start from Madurai and halting at Dindigul, Tiruchchirappalli, Karur, Erode, Salem, Jolarpettai, Katpadi, Chennai Central, Renigunta, and Cuddapah. It will also cover Hampi, Nasik, Chitrakoot, Allahabad, Varanasi and will return to Madurai.

Also, another package including 16 nights/17 days Shri Ramayana Yatra Express-Sri Ganganagar will operate from November 25. For budget-segment tourists of North India, the Shri Ramayana Yatra Express-Sri Ganganagar will be operating. 

The train will depart from Sri Ganganager and will stop at points Abohar- Malout, Bhatinda, Barnala, Patiala, Rajpura, Ambala Cantt., Kurukshethra, Karnal, Panipat, Delhi Cantt, Gurgaon,Rewari, Alwar, Jaipur, Agra Fort, Itawah and Kanpur. It will cover also Ayodhya, Sitamarhi, Janakpur, Varanasi, Prayagraj and Chitrakoot, Nasik, Hampi and Rameswaram, Kanchipuran and lastly will return to Sri Ganganagar.