Train to connect Ram’s Ayodhya with Sita’s Janakpur
New Delhi: Indian Railways will start a ‘state of the art’ Bharat Gaurav Deluxe AC tourist train on February 17, 2022, from Delhi, covering the two most significant Hindu pilgrimage sites Ayodhya and Janakpur from the neighbouring countries India and Nepal.
The tourist train will include the visit of Nandigram, Sitamarhi, Kashi and Prayagraj as added attractions in the tour. There will be a two-night stay in the hotels, one each at Janakpur and Varanasi respectively, while the visit to Ayodhya, Sitamarhi and Prayagraj will be covered in the day halt at the destination.
The train will have a host of “astounding features” including two fine dining restaurants, a modern kitchen, shower cubicles in coaches, sensor-based washroom functions, and foot massagers. The fully air-conditioned train will provide two types of accommodation- 1st AC and 2nd AC.
The train will have enhanced security features of CCTV cameras and Security Guards for each coach and will also be equipped with an infotainment system.
The proposed 7-day ‘Bharat Gaurav tourist train tour’ has its first stop at Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Rama, where tourists will visit Shri Ram Janmbhumi temple and Hanuman temple and additionally Bharat Mandir at Nandigram. After Ayodhya, the train will move to Sitamarhi Railway station in Bihar and tourists will further proceed to Janakpur in Nepal, which is 70 Km away from Sitamarhi Railway station, by buses. During their stay at Janakpur, tourists can visit Ram Janki Temple, Sita Ram Vivah Mandap and Dhanush Dham. After visiting Janakpur, on the next day, tourists will return to Sitamarhi and visit the Janki temple at Sitamarhi and Punaura Dham. From Sitamarhi, the train will proceed on an overnight journey to Varanasi. While at Kashi, tourists will visit Sarnath, Kashi Vishwanath temple and corridor, Tulsi temple and Sankat Mochan Hanuman temple. Tourists will move from Varanasi to Prayagraj by bus and visit Sangam, Shankar Viman Mandapam, Hanuman temple and Bharadwaj Ashram. After Prayagraj, the train will return to Delhi on the 7th day of its journey. Guests will be travelling roughly 2500 Km on this tour.
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. COVID-19 final Vaccination is mandatory for all guests of 18 years and above.
The 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. 39,775/- per person, the train will be a 7-day all-inclusive tour package and the price will cover the train journey in respective class, Night stays at AC hotels, vegetarian-only meals, all transfer and sight-seeing in buses, travel insurance and services of the guide.
– global bihari bureau