Overview The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will be launching a special tourist train, likely to be named Sri Ramayana Express, in November 2018 to operate on a circuit which will cover major locations which are related with the places in the grand mythological epic, the Ramayana.
It is expected that the Sri Ramayana Express will begin its first journey on 14th November 2018. While the full schedule has not been officially worked out, here are some interesting details about it, as reported by the Hindustan Times newspaper (8th July 2018).
Tour package features and the Circuit The Sri Ramayana Express train will be flagged off from Safdarjung station of New Delhi. In all, it will be a journey of 16 days. 800 seats will be available.
All along the route, the train will stop for an overnight stay for the passengers and facilities at Dharmashalas will be provided to wash & change. Onboard meals will be provided as well. Transfers to and from the station to a pilgrimage site where the train halts will be included in the tour package tariff, as also sightseeing trips at some of the places. A qualified IRCTC tour manager will be appointed to accompany the passengers throughout the journey to assist them.
The first stop of the Sri Ramayana Express will be Ayodhya, mentioned in the epic as Lord Ram's birthplace. Here, you will be taken to the major tourist spots of Kanak Bhawan Temple, Hanuman Garhi and Ramkot.
The other stops are likely to be those listed below, for which I have looked for information on the Net about their association to the epic -
Note: The train may halt at the nearest railway station of the above places and transfer to the pilgrimage site will be arranged for the passengers.
Those passengers who wish to take the Sri Ramayana Express full circuit and journey to Sri Lanka will be transferred to Chennai by train. From there, they will be taken by a flight to Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka.
From there, they will be visiting:
TariffThe ticket fare of the Sri Ramayana Express for the part of the circuit which is within India will be Rs.15,120/- per person. Those who wish to move on to Sri Lanka will have to pay the additional charges. The complete tariff, including those for children, as well as the expenses included/excluded in the tour package will be announced at a later date.
Based on the response from the general public, the Sri Ramayana Express train will have more schedules, perhaps twice a year.
Ticket bookingDetails about booking tickets for the Sri Ramayana Express train will be released by IRCTC later in the year. Tickets will likely be available online at the IRCTC website and also at major railway stations' ticket reservation centres.
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