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Special Tourist Trains Launched: This Summer, Let IRCTC Give You A Bharat Darshan!

Covering important religious and leisure destinations under diverse tour circuits across the country, here’s an affordable travel plan by IRCTC that will make your summer vacations blissful!

As kids, most of us eagerly looked forward to summer vacations. Besides offering a long break from homework and uniforms, the best and most exciting part was that these trips brought together families from different ends of the world.

We have spent days and nights counting down to the beginning of the break, fervently waiting to meet our cousins and make unforgettable travel memories.

Soon enough, the summer of 2018 will be here too and keeping that in mind, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), the online ticketing handle of Indian Railways, has planned to roll out special tourist trains which will cover important religious and leisure destinations under diverse tour circuits across the country.

Here are the itineraries of some of the ‘Bharat Darshan’ special tourist trains, for which you can book the tickets soon:

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1. Nava Jyotirlinga Yatra

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Beginning the journey from Renigunta in Chittoor district at 00:05 hours on April 3, the places covered in the circuit include Aurangabad, Dwarka, Nanded, Nasik, Parli, Pune, Somnath, and Ujjain. The journey will conclude on April 14 with the end stop being Vijayawada. The standard cost of a ticket for a single person is ₹13,020.

2. Ganga Yamuna Yatra

Commencing from Renigunta at 00:05 hours on April 18, this train will cover Agra, Mathura, New Delhi, Haridwar, Ayodhya, Prayag, Varanasi and Gaya and return to Secunderabad on April 29. The standard cost of a ticket for a single person is ₹11,340.

3. Dakshina Bharat Yatra

The third train will originate from Secunderabad 00:05 hours on May 4 and return to Vijayawada on May 12. Covering popular tourist sites like Guruvayur, Kanyakumari, Madurai, Rameswaram, Thanjavur, Tiruchirappalli, Tirupati, and Thiruvananthapuram, your dreams of travelling through South India might finally be fulfilled through this train. The standard cost of ticket for a single person is ₹8,505.


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The ticket price includes the cost of the night stay, food, transport, tour escort, and train security. Also, no fare is applicable for children below the age of 5 years.

You can book your tickets on the IRCTC website, and can also find out about other special tourist trains by IRCTC here.

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Written by Lekshmi Priya S

Shuttling between existentialist views and Grey's Anatomy, Lekshmi has an insanely disturbing habit of binge reading. An ardent lover of animals and plants, she also specializes in cracking terribly sad jokes.