The Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train is being operated by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a public sector enterprise under the Ministry of Railways, a special journey known as Shri Jagannath Yatra. The special train is in line with the government’s “Dekho Apna Desh” strategy to promote domestic tourism. IRCTC Tourist Train will be an all-inclusive travel package, starting from Rs 17,655 per person, which includes train travel in third AC, hotel nights, all meals (vegetarian only), all transport and sightseeing in buses, travel insurance and Guide included. Services.
Union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Ashwini Vaishnav and G Kishan Reddy flagged off the train from Delhi’s Safdarjung Railway Station. Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train began its eight-day journey with 528 tourists, and will cover some of the major pilgrimage and heritage sites in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha.
The first stop of the Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train Tour is the ancient holy city of Varanasi, where tourists will visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Corridor along the Ganga Ghat and participate in the Aarti. After Varanasi, the train will go to Jashidih Railway Station in Jharkhand and tourists will proceed to visit Baidyanath Dham Jyotirlinga Temple.
Further the train will leave from Jashdih for Puri, where arrangements will be made for tourists to stay for two nights in hotels. Tourists in Puri will visit Jagannath Temple, Golden Puri Beach, Sun Temple in Konark and various temples in Bhubaneswar. Gaya will be the last destination after Puri, where tourists will visit the Vishnupad temple.
The train will eventually return back to Delhi on February 1, 2023. With modern state-of-the-art AC rakes, the tourist train has the option of boarding/alighting at Ghaziabad, Aligarh, Tundla, Etawah. Kanpur, Lucknow stations in the tour. This fully air-conditioned tourist train comprises eleven third class AC coaches, one pantry car and two seating cum luggage racks. The well-equipped modern pantry car will serve freshly cooked vegetarian food to the guests at their respective seats.
(With ANI inputs)