New Delhi: To promote religious tourism in India, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has launched "Shri Ramayana Yatra" by Deluxe AC Tourists train, announced IRCTC on Sunday.
The Railway has launched the special tourist train to promote the Government of India initiative "Dekho Apna Desh".
The press release stated, this tour will start from Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station on November 7; it will cover the visit of all prominent places linked with the life of Lord Shri Ram.
Previously, the train was operated with sleeper class, but this time, the tour will be operated in Deluxe AC tourist train equipped with modern facilities.
As per IRTC, the train journey will be complete in 17 days, where Ayodhya will be the first stop; the tourist will visit Shri Ram Janmbhumi temple, Hanuman temple, and Bharat Mandir at Nandigram.
After it, the next destination will be Sitamarhi, the birthplace of Sita in Bihar and Ram-Janki temple in Janakpur. Nepal will be covered by road.
The train will move to Varanasi for the next destination, where tourists will visit temples at Varanasi, Prayag, Shringverpur and Chitrakoot by road. Night stay will be assigned at Varanasi, Prayag and Chitrakoot.
The last halt of the train tour will be Nasik, Hampi and Rameshwaram, after which the train will return to Delhi on the 17th day of its journey. During the entire journey, the guest will cover a distance of roughly 7500 km.
A fully air-conditioned train will provide two types of accommodation- 1st AC and 2nd AC. The train has features including two fine dining restaurants, a modern kitchen, shower cubicles in coaches, sensor-based washroom functions, foot massager.
Moreover, each coach will be equipped with CCTV cameras and security guards.
The whole journey of “Shri Ramayana Yatra” will cost Rs 82,950 per person. It will cover Train Journey in AC classes, accommodation in AC hotels, all meals, all transfer and sight-seeing in AC vehicles, travel insurance and services of IRTC Tour Managers.
It's mandatory for all the guests of age group 18 or above to get fully vaccinated for the journey, said IRTC.
Moreover, the IRTC will provide a safety kit to all passengers with a face mask, sanitizer and hand gloves.