Indian Railways launch Shri Ramayana Express

Published: Feb 19, 2020, 16:47 IST | Rajendra B Aklekar | Mumbai

The train will be operated by Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC) a Public Service Unit under the Ministry of Railways.

This picture has been used for representational purposes
This picture has been used for representational purposes

Now, take the Ramayana train! Indian Railways with the aim of offering a pilgrimage to the devotees of the places associated with Lord Rama, during the pious period of Navratras, announces the launch of a special Tourist Train - Shri Ramayana Express from Delhi on March 28, 2020. The train will be operated by Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC) a Public Service Unit under the Ministry of Railways.

This special train will have ten coaches which include 5 Sleeper class, non-AC coaches and 5 AC 3 tier coaches. The booking will purely be on first come first take basis.

A similar tourism train on this circuit was introduced last year with only Sleeper Class Coaches which was a huge success and the response of the general public was so tremendous that all the available seats were booked in merely seven days time.

Considering the previous response IRCTC Ltd has decided to launch this unique product in which some AC 3 tier coaches have also been added in addition to Sleeper class coaches. The Train will commence its journey from Delhi on March 28, 2020. Interested tourists may board this train from - Delhi Safdarjung, Ghaziabad, Moradabad, Bareily and Lucknow.

In a 16 Nights -17 Days tour, tourists will be visiting the tourist attractions associated with Lord Ram also known as 'Ramayana Circuit of India'. Major places covered in this journey are Ram Janmbhoomi and Hanuman Garhi at  Ayodhya, Bharat Mandir at Nandigram, Sita Mata Mandir at Sitamarhi (Bihar), and Janakpur (Nepal), Tulsi Manas Mandir and Sankat Mochan Mandir at Varanasi, Sita Samahit Sthal at Sitamarhi (UP), Triveni Sangam, Hanuman Mandir, and Bharadwaj Ashram at Prayag, Shringi Rishi Mandir at Shringverpur, Ramghat and Sati Anusuiya Mandir at Chitrakoot, Panchvati at Nasik, Anjanadri Hill and Hanuman Janm Sthal at Hampi & Jyotirlinga Shiva Mandir at Rameshwaram.

Tourists will be offered pure vegetarian meals, accommodation and wash and change facilities in Dharmashalas (SL Class booking travelers) / Hotels (AC Class booking Travelers), all transfers & sight-seeing arrangements at tourist places by Non AC buses and dedicated tour manager of IRCTC who will be travelling with the tourists during the entire tour.

Considering the Navratra period, all the preparations to be served to the travelers will be cooked without Onion Garlic. Fasting food will also be available for the tourists including - Sabudana khichdi, fruits, curd, potato chaat, etc.

There are 360 berths in Sleeper class and 330 berths in AC 3 tier class.

Interested tourists may opt SL Class package at a cost of Rs.16065 per person, whereas AC Class Package will cost  Rs.26775/- per person.

Further, to cover the tourist places of Ramayana Circuit of Srilanka along with the Indian Ramayana Circuit, an add-on tour to Sri Lanka has also been launched with limited 40 Seats only. Interested tourists will be required to de-board the Ramayana Express Tourist Train on 15th day at Chennai i.e. on April 11, 2020 and from there these tourists will be taken on a flight in economy class by Sri Lankan Airlines to Colombo whereat tourists will be offered a night stay for three nights in Sri Lanka at Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, and Negombo. This Sri Lankan leg will be charged additionally @ Rs.37800/- Per Person. Major highlights of this leg of the journey include Sita Mata Mandir, Ashok Vatika, Vibhishana Temple and famous Shiva Temple at  Munneshwaram - Munnavari and much more.  Return Journey will be booked by flight in economy class from Colombo to Delhi and the tourists will reach Delhi on April 15, 2020 early morning.

The online booking of this special Shri Ramayana Express Tourist Train has already commenced. Bookings can be done through IRCTC’s website www.irctctourism.com. Interested tourists may also visit nearby IRCTC Offices / Tourist Facilitation Centre or any Authorized IRCTC Agent for the booking of this tour.

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