Punjab to launch tourism train originating from Delhi

MOHALI: Punjab Jail and Tourism minsiter Hira Singh Gabria Friday said that a master plan has been prepared for promotion of tourism in the state. He said that a foreign firm was engaged to prepare master plan.

The company has selected Ropar, Nangal and Ananadpur Sahib for tourism development in the first phase. He said that toursim train, an ambition project of state government was ready for launch. He said that train would be launched with participation of Punjab, center government and railways. He said the train will start from Delhi and directly go to Amritsar. After two days stay in Amritsar train would go to Pathankot, Nangal, Anandpur Sahib and Ropar. It will go to Chandigarh Patiala and back to Delhi. He said that theme of Punjab would be focus of train.

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IRCTC plans budget tours from Chennai, Mumbai

Kolkata, Jan. 12 India Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation
(IRCTC) will shortly launch `Bharat Darshan’ tour programmes for
budget travellers from Chennai and Mumbai. The details are being
worked out.

“These will replace similar tour programmes earlier operated from
these two cities by private tour operators,” Mr Vivek Srivastava,
Chief General Manager of IRCTC, East, told newspersons here on
Monday. “This time the tours will be operated by IRCTC
departmentally.”

IRCTC has been running Bharat Darshan tour programmes for budget
travellers from the East (Howrah station) since October last year.
So far, three tours have been organised — two to North India and one
to Rajasthan. The fourth one, to South India, will start on January
15 to Visakhapatnam, Pondicherry, Madurai, Rameswaram, Kanyakumari, Bangalore, Mysore and Chennai.

`Just breaking even’

“It will be rash to claim that the response so far has been as good
as anticipated,” Mr Srivastava observed. “At 60 per cent occupancy,
we’re just breaking even.”

Despite the tours being very “reasonable cost-wise” — only Rs
500/person/day covering all expenses, rail fare, meals, tea and
sightseeing — the response had not been up to the mark, presumably
because not many people knew about it . “Since we charge modestly
for the tours, we cannot spend heavily on publicity and
advertisements,” he added.

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