Bharat Darshan train to touch Kerala

Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a Government of India Enterprise, will organise a Bharat Darshan Tourist train tour from Chennai to Goa, Mumbai, Jaipur, Delhi, Agra, and Hyderabad.

The train will depart from Chennai on December 7 and will pass through Kerala on December 8. According to IRCTC, the cost of the package tour is Rs.7,735. The cost includes non-air conditioned sleeper-class train tickets, non-air conditioned hall accommodation wherever night stay is planned, buses for local sightseeing. The tourists can board the train at Thiruvananthapuram Central, Kollam, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Shoranur, Kozhikode, Kannur, Kasaragod, and Mangalore. Further information can be had from the tourism information and facilitation centres at Ernakulam (95678 63244).

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/bharat-darshan-train-to-touch-state/article4104597.ece

IRCTC offers fresh religious tour packages this summer

After the success of Jaipur to Goa tour package organized by the Indian Railway Catering and Travel Corporation (IRCTC) in April, the organization is once again offering lucrative packages for those who wish to visit Shirdi, Mahakaleshwar, Omkareshwar and other pilgrim sites starting from the first week of May.

The special ‘Bharat Darshan’ train will start from Jaipur on May 2. The package includes everything like train journey, boarding, site seeing and three times meals.

About the Bharat Darshan trains departing from Jaipur, an official with the IRCTC said on Wednesday: “The train departing on May 2 would take the passengers to Dwarka and Somnath. It is a 7-day package which costs Rs 3,591 per passenger and includes site seeing of the temples, stay in dharamshala, to and fro journey and three times meals.”

The next train will have an 11-day package and will take the passengers to Tirupati, Shirdi, Omkareshwar and Mahakaleshwar. “This too would have the same facilities and the charges would be Rs 5,672 per passenger,” the official added.

Meanwhile, for the veterans eyeing the seven dhams of pilgrimage, there is a 12-day package by the corporation. “It would be a trip to Omkareshwar, Mahakaleshwar, Dwarka, Somnath, Trimbakeshwar, Grishneshwar and one other,” the official said.

IRCTC had introduced a package for Jaipur to Goa in April which has been a hit and now they believe that ‘pilgrimage package’ would also fruitful.

Meanwhile, the tour operators are giving various lucrative packages to the hill stations including Kullu Manali, Shimla and others.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-05-01/jaipur/31526594_1_special-bharat-darshan-train-irctc-package

Bharat Darshan train to start on Sept 10

The `Bharat Darshan’ train will now start its run from September 10. The train was to run from August 28 initially. The train has been proposed by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). It will take passengers around the country. Those willing to be on-board can book a ticket.

The train will run for 12 days starting on September 10. The package cost for the train is Rs 6,156 per person. It will depart from New Delhi on September 10 and will pass through Moradabad, Bareilly, Lucknow (arrival at 6:50 pm and departure at 7 pm), Puri, Ganga Sagar (Kolkata), Gaya, Varanasi, Allahabad, Indore and New Delhi. It will return back via Lucknow on September 21 (arrival at 10:00 am) on way to Delhi on the same day.

Those willing to know more about the train can contact IRCTC regional office, Lucknow at 0522 2305566/2305522 and 9794863619 or can log on to the website http://www.railtourismindia.com, said IRCTC official. There are also some facilities provided for this train viz confirmed train tickets in sleeper class, accommodation facilities at various places, all vegetarian meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner and sight seeing at all the above mentioned places by a non-AC vehicle.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/Bharat-Darshan-train-to-start-on-Sept-10/articleshow/6493643.cms#ixzz0yfiKaRb3

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Railways plan around the country trip in 12 days

LUCKNOW: There is still time to go when `Bharat darshan’ train will take passengers around the country literally. Those willing to be on-board can book a ticket. The train has been proposed by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). It will run for 12 days beginning August 28. The package cost for the train is Rs 6,156 per person. The train will depart from New Delhi on August 28 and will pass through Moradabad, Bareilly, Lucknow (arrival at 0200 hours and departure at 0210 hours), Puri, Ganga Sagar (Kolkata), Gaya, Varanasi, Allahabad, Indore and New Delhi. It will return via Lucknow on September 8 (arrival at 1000 hours) to Delhi on the same day.

Those willing to know more about the train can contact IRCTC regional office, Lucknow at 0522-2305566 and 2305522 or can log on to the website http://www.railtourismindia.com, said an official release from IRCTC. There are also some facilities provided for this train, like confirmed train tickets in sleeper class, accommodation facilities at various places, all vegetarian meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner and sight seeing at all the above mentioned places by a non-AC vehicle.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/Railways-plan-around-the-country-trip-in-12-days/articleshow/6347052.cms#ixzz0xEjfxr29

Bharat Darshan Train for budget tourists

Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC), a public sector enterprise under Railway Ministry, today announced a special rail tour package for the budget travellers by running a dedicated tourist train named ”Bharat Darshan” which would go to various destinations across the country.

Talking to reporters here, IRCTC Zonal Tourism Officer (East Zone) Shishir Khare said the train would also travel to various pilgrim destinations, including Haridwar, Rishikesh, Badrinath, Ujjain, Pondicherry, Madurai and Rameswaram, at a very low cost. Some of the rail tour packages were Shimla-Manali, Delhi-Agra-Jaipur, Nainital-Kausani, Haridwar-Mussoorie, Kedar-Badri, Puri, Goa, Darjeeling-Sikkim and Rajasthan, he said adding the travellers would be provided all facilities like confirmed rail reservation, all meals, accomodations, house-keeping serivice, sight-seeing by deluxe buses and special security arrangements.

The whole services would be provided to the tourists at very nominal cost of Rs 500 per head per day, he added. The train would consist of ten coaches, seven sleeper class, one pantry car and two SLR.

Describing the journey the train would travel, Mr Khare said, ”During the Char Dham Yatra the train will commence its journey from Howrah, then it will travel to Puri, Konark, Varanasi and Haridwar. Following that the tourists will travel by deluxe buses to Rishikesh, Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, Badrinath and Nasik.

After that the train will start its return journey from Nasik to Howrah via Rameshwaram.” The train would have a maximum of 500 travellers, he said adding the train would start its next journey from July 4 next.

On air-tickets, which were being sold by the IRCTC through its different agencies across India from March last, he said the tickets were being sold only for domestic flights and the response was quite satisfactory.

http://news.webindia123.com/news/ar_showdetails.asp?id=1006190372&cat=&n_date=20100619

Take a 10-day tour of India for just Rs 5000

MUMBAI: Imagine travelling across the states for ten days, for just Rs 500 a day, all expenses included. With airfares and private travel packages
still coming at a premium, the Bharat Darshan special tourist train run by Indian Railways has become a huge hit with domestic tourists.

Better known as the common man’s ‘Palace On Wheels’, the Bharat Darshan trains offer all-inclusive trips to different parts of the country. The trip is managed from start to finish, including ground stay at tourist spots, by the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), an autonomous body under the Indian Railways.

Ironically, the train had few takers although it was introduced way back in 2004 and was being managed by a private tourist firm. Now that the contract with the private firm is over, IRCTC has been running the Bharat Darshan special service from December 2008 with considerable success.

IRCTC officials on Wednesday said the Bharat Darshan tours are reporting 100% occupancy as compared to around half earlier.” Every advertisement or announcement gets around 1500 queries. We run around two tours a month now as compared to just one every two months earlier,’’ said Bella Meena, additional general manager of IRCTC, Mumbai.

Even though the tours are highly subsidised, IRCTC officials said that they make a 5% profit per trip. IRCTC owns three trains, one of which is with the IRCTC, Mumbai. Attempts are on to get another one. “If we get an airconditioned (ac) train, it will add more value to the offer,’’ she added.

Meena said Bharat Darshan offers an average Mumbaikar a chance to realise his travel dreams by hopping onto this train which traverses through some of the best known tourist spots in the country. For instance the train to North India covers the magnificent Taj, the historic Jallianwala Bagh, freezing Himachal heights and explores cultures of these places at a very economical rate,’’ said Meena.

IRCTC has also inducted fresh recruits from hotel management colleges to improve service quality. Meena said the tour package is roughly pegged at Rs 5780/-per person on an average across directions, which works out to a little above Rs 500/-per day.

The tour which is on a second-class sleeper includes all meals, local sightseeing of popular places at the tourist destination by semi-luxury tourist buses. It also includes travel and security arrangements. Surprisingly, the guards on the train are unarmed. “The RPF at each station coordinates for security,’’ said the officials.

The Bharat Darshan train is much smaller than regular one with just seven coaches, a pantry and a safety compartment with a carrying capacity of 540 persons.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/ET_Cetera/Take_a_10-day_tour_of_India_for_just_Rs_5K/articleshow/4044970.cms

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