The first tourist train under the Bharat Gaurav Union government scheme will have a first-of-its-kind twist in many ways.
The two buses will have no beds, allowing passengers to practice yoga during the 18-day round-trip pilgrimage journey from Delhi to Nepal and the seven Indian states, for which trained instructors will be on board, people with knowledge of the plans said. on Thursday.
The train is part of the Sri Ramayana Yatra service, a dedicated tourism service operated by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, starting from Safdarjung Station in Delhi on June 21, also celebrated as International Yoga Day.
“India’s first Bharat Gaurav tourist train on the Sri Ramayana Yatra track will have different themes for all carriages and yoga is one of the themes. Passengers will be able to practice yoga. In addition to the fact that these two trainers are for yoga classes, these two trainers will also have yoga instructors,” said a railroad employee who asked not to be named.
“The two specialized yoga trainers will not have sleeping quarters to ensure there is enough space for passengers to practice yoga,” a spokesman for the railroad said.
Price ₹65,000 per person, the ticket will include all meals, overnight stay at the hotel at stops and insurance costs.
The train will travel to 12 main tourist destinations: Ayodhya and Kashi (Varanasi) in Uttar Pradesh, Janakpur (Nepal), Chitrakut in Madhya Pradesh, Bukhara and Sitamarhi in Bihar, Nashik in Maharashtra, Hampi in Karnataka, Rameshwaram and Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu and Bhadrachalam in Telangana on his 8000 km journey.
“450 tickets have already been booked for the first train that will arrive at the destination station in 18 days. A total of 600 passengers can travel on the train,” said an IRCTC spokesperson who asked not to be named.
The official added, “In addition to being the first tourist train under the Bharat Gaurav Railways scheme, this is the first tourist train in India to have all air-conditioned carriages for passengers. The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will provide all tourists with a safety kit containing a face mask, hand gloves and hand sanitizer.”
Officials said last month that this would be the first time a tourist train has traveled from India to Nepal.