IRCTC launches AC tourist train for pilgrims

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has launched an exclusive AC tourist train for pilgrims from South India. The train will cover some of the renowned Hindu pilgrimage sites.

The train will ply from Bangalore, covering Allahabad, Varanasi (Kashi), Gaya, Kolkata, Puri and Konark from June 22 and the trip will terminate on June 30.

The train will pass through Chennai and Vijayawada for the convenience of pilgrims of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, so that they can join/detrain the tour from there.

Tourists will have the opportunity to bathe in the Triveni Sangam (confluence of rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati) in Allahabad, visit the famous Vishwanath temple and Visalakshi temple in Varanasi (Kashi); conduct Pinda Pradanam at Gaya; visit the Dakshineswar Kali temple and Belur Mutt of the famous 19th century saint Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and also visit Kolkata. Also included in the package are visits to the famous Lord Jagannath temple at Puri and the world famous Sun Temple at Konark.The nine-day itinerary has been designed specially for senior citizens.

Package benefits

The tour includes travel by the AC tourist train , AC hotel accommodation at places of night stay, buses for transfers and sightseeing, on-board and off-board vegetarian catering, services of tour escorts, security, etc. The tour has been classified into Luxury, Deluxe and Comfort categories and the package cost starts from Rs 30,37.

Places on the tour itinerary

Triveni Sangam (confluence of rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati) in Allahabad, the  Vishwanath temple and Visalakshi temple in Varanasi (Kashi);  Pinda Pradanam at Gaya; the Dakshineswar Kali temple and Belur Mutt of the famous 19th century saint Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.

A  visit to Kolkata,the Lord Jagannath temple and Sun Temple at Konark

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