IRCTC to run Special Deluxe AC train for Char Dham Yatra – salient features here

Amid confusions as to whether the Char Dham Yatra this year will be organised or not due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the fear of a third wave, the Indian Railways has decided to operate a special train in September covering several top tourist destinations, including Char Dham – Badrinath, Jagannath Puri, Rameshwaram, and Dwarkadhish.

After the grand success of the ‘Shri Ramayana Yatra’ train operated on the Ramayana circuit, IRCTC has now launched another very popular pilgrimage circuit ‘Chardham Yatra’ by ‘Dekho Apna Desh’ Deluxe AC Tourist Train.

In a press release, it has been said that this 16 days tour will start from Delhi’s Safdarjung Railway Station on September 18, 2021, and cover the visit of Badrinath including Mana Village (near China border), Narsingha Temple (Joshimath), Rishikesh, Jagannath Puri including Golden beach of Puri, Konark Sun Temple, Chandrabhaga beach, Rameshwaram including Dhanushkodi, Dwarkadhish including Nageshwar Jyotirlinga, Shivrajpur beach, and Bet Dwarka. 

A total distance of roughly 8500 kilometers will be covered on train by tourists in this entire journey via ‘Chardham Yatra’ special train.

Salient features

The fully air-conditioned train provides two types of accommodation – 1st AC and 2nd AC. 

The State of Art Deluxe AC Tourist Train has two fine dining restaurants, a modern kitchen, shower cubicles in coaches, sensor-based washroom functions, foot massager.

The train has enhanced security features of CCTV cameras and Security Guards for each coach.

IRCTC has launched this special tourist train to promote domestic tourism.

The train ticket is available at a very competitive price starting from Rs. 78,585 per person.

The package price covers train journey in AC classes, accommodation in deluxe hotels, all meals, all transfer, and sightseeing in AC vehicles except hilly areas, travel insurance, and services of IRCTC Tour Managers.

To ensure the COVID-19 safety protocols, booking is restricted to around 120 tourists against the total capacity of 156 tourists.

At least the first dose of COVID-19 Vaccination is mandatory for guests of age group 18 or above.

Besides this, IRCTC will also provide a safety kit to all tourists having face masks, hand gloves, and sanitiser.

(With inputs from DNA India)

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