Indian Railways to launch semi-luxury trains on desert & heritage trips

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Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited is gearing up to launch two premier train services that will unveil the charm of the country’s sprawling deserts and eclectic heritage before its travellers.

Both semi-luxury trains will depart from New Delhi with an array of deluxe facilities across its five days of round trip dotted with sightseeing facilities, an IRCTC release said on Tuesday.

“Desert Circuit” will cover Rajasthan’s famed cities of Jaisalmer and Jaipur, while “Heritage Circuit” will take the passengers to Varanasi, Khajuraho and Agra.

Operated by IRCTC, the ‘mini ratna’ PSU of the Railways, the two trains will run eight trips individually till summer sets in upcountry by next April, it said.

Desert Circuit will begin service from mid-December 2015 and wind up on April 21, while Heritage Circuit will commence on December 20. Its last trip will start on April 24.

“Now that the tourist season is on, we expect good occupancy. The tariff for the journey is competitive as well as all-inclusive,” IRCTC Chairman and Managing Director Dr A K Manocha said.

The package prices of Desert Circuit are: Rs 36,900, Rs 33,900, Rs 32,900 (first AC single, double and triple occupancy, respectively), Rs 28,025, Rs 25025, Rs 24,525 (second AC) and Rs 24,125, Rs 21,125, Rs 20,625 (third AC), the statement said.

As for Heritage Circuit, the rates will be Rs 35,900, Rs 32,900, Rs 31,900 (first AC single, double and triple occupancy), Rs 26,200, Rs 23,200, Rs 22,700 (second AC) and Rs 21,790, Rs 18,790, Rs 18, 290 (third AC), it said.

The package, which includes intercity transfers, also features stay in three-star hotels, all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), sightseeing, local transfers by AC deluxe vehicles, entrances at the monuments, service of

English/Hindi speaking guide, travel insurance, 24×7 security and CCTV surveillance on board the train, besides hygienic kitchen-car facility, medical facility, transport by AC vehicles and wi-fi internet service.

The Jaisalmer stop of the Desert Circuit will cover the city Fort, sand dunes, Gadisagar lake and Palwaon Ki Haveli.

At Jaipur, the sights shown will be City Palace, Jantar Mantar observatory, Chokhi Dhani, Amer Fort and Hawa Mahal, it said.

The Heritage Circuit will, at Varanasi, take passengers to Sarnath, besides a boat ride on the Ganges and experiencing the dusk-time ‘aarti’ ceremony. The Khajuraho stay features visits to Eastern and Western group of Temples.

There will also be time for leisure at all these centres, the release added.



2 Responses

  1. I am delighted, even ecstatic, that you have the following steam engine tours:…/booking/…

    Having seen much of India, It is extremely commendable that you are running such a train in the North, but I believe if you run another similar train in the the spectacular State of Kerala, possibly, between Bangalore and Trivandrum, or between Palakkad and Trivandrum, you will see an astounding increase in tourism dollars. The scenery of Kerala is common knowledge in most foreign countries. Many who travel to the South are not interested in traveling all the way to the North just for a train ride.What better way to see the gorgeous scenery of Kerala, than to do so on a train pulled by one of the most beautiful steam locomotives ever made – the WP class? And, in the process reap enormous tourist dollars! As an NRI of Indian descent, I would be so proud to see such a reality.

  2. I wish to suggest few tnighs for the betterment of the railway passengers as well the maintenance of cleanliness. Now a days we are giving utmost priorities for the POLLUTION in the country.But I find if railways catering service stops supplying tea ,snacks,meals,water in the plastic,thermocoles I think cleanliness could be maintained. As earlier tea could be served in Kullad(i.e. made of small from earthen bowl), which after use can be mixed with ground.Similarly meals could be served in stainless still plates.If the water is provided on the platforms regularly on all the stations we can avoid plastic bottles floating allover. I believe we can help reducing the pollution in this way to some extent. ///////Thanks and hope positive results of the suggestion.

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