Ayodhya and Janakpur, the two most important pilgrimage sites in India and the neighboring countries of Nepal, will be covered by the Railways on a special tour, “Shri Ram-Janki Yatra: Ayodhya to Janakpur,” by Bharat Gaurav Deluxe AC Tourist Train of the Indian Railways. announced in a news release on Friday. The tourist train will depart from Delhi on February 17, 2023, giving a boost to bilateral relations and promoting cultural ties between the two countries. The tourist train will include travel to Nandigram, Sitamarhi, Kashi and Prayagraj as additional attractions in tourism. There will be a two-night stay in a hotel each in Janakpur and Varanasi respectively, while the journey to Ayodhya, Sitamarhi and Prayagraj will be done with day halts at the destination.
The state of the art deluxe AC tourist train has amazing features including two fine dining restaurants, a modern kitchen, shower cubicles in coaches, sensor-based washroom function, foot massagers. The fully air-conditioned train offers two types of accommodation. 1st ac and 2nd ac. The train has enhanced security features of CCTV cameras and security guards for each coach and is also equipped with an infotainment system for the entire train.
“The first stop of the proposed 7-day Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train Tour is Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Ram, where tourists will visit Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Temple and Hanuman Mandir and also Bharat Mandir at Nandigram. After Ayodhya, the train will proceed further.” Sitamarhi Railway Station in Bihar, and tourists will proceed to Janakpur in Nepal by bus which is 70 km away from Sitamarhi Railway Station. During their stay at Janakpur, tourists can visit Ram Janaki Mandir, Sita Ram Vivah Mandap and Dhanush Dham,” the Indian Railways said in a press release.
“After visiting Janakpur, the next day, tourists will return back to Sitamarhi and visit Janaki Temple at Sitamarhi and Punaura Dham. From Sitamarhi, the train will take an overnight journey to Varanasi. While in Kashi, tourists will visit Sarnath, Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Corridor, Tulsi Temple and Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple. Tourists will go to Prayagraj from Varanasi by bus and visit Sangam, Shankar Viman Mandapam, Hanuman Temple and Bharadwaj Ashram. After Prayagraj the train will come back to Delhi. On the 7th day of your journey. The guests will travel approximately 2500 kms in this tour.
To make this package more attractive and affordable for a large population, IRCTC has tied up with Paytm and Razorpay payment gateway to provide EMI payment option to break down the total payment into smaller EMIs. Users can avail EMI payment option to pay in EMIs of 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 or 24 months. These EMI payment options can be done through Debit/Credit cards. COVID-19 final vaccination is mandatory for all guests 18 years of age and older.
The launch of the Bharat Gaurav tourist train is in line with the “Dekho Apna Desh” initiative of the Government of India 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 train travel in the respective class, night stay in AC hotels, vegetarian meals, all transfers and sight-seeing buses. Seeing in, travel insurance and guide services etc.
(With ANI inputs)