Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a public sector enterprise under the Ministry of Railway, is running a special tourism train for the people of Madhya Pradesh. The IRCTC Swadesh Darshan special tourism train will be operating for the pilgrims and commence its journey on November 10, 2022. The initiative will promote religious tourism in the country.
IRCTC Swadesh Darshan special tourism train is being operated for the pilgrims of Madhya Pradesh which will start from Indore station on 10.11.2022 & leave for Kamakhya Yatra with Puri, Gangasagar via Rani Kamlapati & Jabalpur stations from where passengers can board this train. pic.twitter.com/RVfk3k30X6
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About the special journey
The special pilgrims train will be departing for the Kamakhya Yatra with Puri and Gangasagar through the stations of Rani Kamlapati and Jabalpur. Passengers will be able to board the train from Indore. The nine nights and ten days journey will also offer a number of services to the passengers.
The passengers will have to pay Rs. 16,950/- per person (Standard Category) and it includes services such as tea, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Furthermore, the railways will also provide accommodation, and vegetarian food in rail restaurants and on the train while also ensuring the tourist’s security. However, it is mandatory to follow COVID-19 protocols for temple darshan and sightseeing of monuments. The booking for the journey can be done through the IRCTC website.
Swadesh Darshan Trains
One of the most affordable tourist trains in the country, Swadesh Darshan covers some of India’s most important tourist destinations. The trains are aimed at promoting religious tourism in the country and offers scope of exploring India on a budget.
In addition to Swadesh Darshan trains, IRCTC tourism offers a wide array of tour packages for religious pilgrims. Some of the most popular ones include Dev Darshan Tour, Jyotirlinga Yatra with Shirdi Darshan and Statue of Unity, Dakshin Bharat Yatra with Balaji Darshan, Dakshin Bharat Yatra, Dakshin Bharat Aastha Yatra, Dwarkadhish Jyotirlinga Yatra, Jagannath Dham Tour, Temple Triangle of Tamil Nadu, Tirupati tour package, Ramayana Tour Package, and Mata Vaishno Devi Darshan among others.
In the month of November, Swadesh Darshan Shri Rampath Yatra will also commence a 8-day and 7-night package from November 26, 2022. IRCTC is also running a special “Jyotirlinga Darshan Yatra” which is set to begin on October 15, 2022. Similarly, IRCTC’s is offering Durga Puja Special Nepal Nirvana package.
Earlier in June, IRCTC started operation of Swadesh Darshan special tourism train across the country, which left from Rewa city for Uttar Darshan Yatra along with Vaishno Devi.