Vintage tourist train between Delhi and Alwar

A vintage tourist train by Indian Railways, consisting of two coaches hauled by steam engine ”Akbar”, has commenced in the current season between Delhi and Alwar in Rajasthan from October 27, 2013.

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The 48 year-old steam engine is one of the last surviving vintage steam locomotives in the country. Named after the great Mughal emperor Akbar, the Pacific class broad gauge loco is capable of speeds up to 110 kmph and used to haul prestigious express trains.

After remaining out of service for several years, ‘Akbar’ was restored, overhauled and reclaimed in full working condition. The engine was recently in the news with its use in the famous film ‘Bhag Milkha Bhag’, portraying the life of famed Indian runner Milkha Singh.

The tourist train will start from Delhi Cantonment Station of the capital and travel to Alwar (138 kms) in Rajasthan via Rewari on a tour package which includes a visit to the Sariska National Park near Alwar. This would also give an opportunity to the tourists to sight tigers in Sariska.

The train in its current season will travel between October 2013 and April, 2014 on every second and fourth Saturdays.

Booking can be done on IRCTC’s website http://www.railtourismindia.com.

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Special Train from Bangalore to Rajasthan for Tourists

Rupee depreciation has simply boosted local tourism with more travelers taking interest in visiting Indian tourist destinations and Rajasthan tops the list. Tourism industry is apparently taking extra special care to delight local tourists and travelers in India….

As part of Dasara holidays, IRCTC is flagging off its special Royal Rajasthan Charter Train from Bangalore consisting of four – 3Tier AC Coaches and nine Sleeper Class Coaches on October 09, 2013 on a 12-day tour carrying tourists from Bangalore, Mysore, Hassan, Arsikere, Hubli, Bellary to the magnificent tourist destinations in Rajasthan — Udaipur-Chittaurgarh-Jaipur-Jaisalmer-Jodhpur- Mount Abu.

The unique features of the charter train are that it carries only tourists, has a separate Pantry car to cater South Indian vegetarian food, each coach has a manager and a security; coaches are equipped with Public Announcement system. The charter train also includes accommodation wherever night stays are planned and buses are arranged for sightseeing.

The tourists have been classified into Budget, Standard, Comfort & Deluxe and the rates are: Rs. 19,050, Rs. 21,370, Rs. 27,950 and Rs. 32,550 respectively.

For details contact: Ph: 080-25537772, Mob: 96638-77788, 96638-83323

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Rajasthan is not popular for nothing, its undulating terrains, colorful festivals, tempting cuisines and warm people are just gluing and win your heart at once. So, what stops you now? Go get your holidays booked with Royalty of Rajasthan!!

Special Train to tour Rajasthan!

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The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) will operate an exclusive tourist train to Rajasthan from Chennai via Bangalore, Mysore, Hassan, Hubli, Bellary and Kacheguda with a group of 752 tourists over a period of seven days during the Navarathri holidays. 

The route will cover Udaipur, Chittaurgarh, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and the Mount Abu districts of Rajasthan. The train will pass through Bangalore on October 9. The 12-day package tour has been classified into different categories and offers a comprehensive package which includes vegetarian food, both on and off-board, accommodation in hotels and vehicles for sightseeing.

 

New train from Jaipur to the city of Nawabs; Lucknow

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To clear the extra rush of passengers Railways have decided to run a special train between Jaipur and Lucknow via Bhagalpur, Mathura,Kasganj and Kanpur.

Train will leave from Jaipur at 21.45 hrs on every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. It will reach Lucknow at 10.25 hrs.

The same train will leave from Lucknow at 12.25 hrs on every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday  and will reach Jaipur at 01.45 hrs on the next day.

The Train No. 09707 / 09708 Jaipur  –  Lucknow –  Jaipur  Tri – Weekly special express train 2013  will stop at the following Stations : Gandhinagar Jaipur,Dousa, Bandikui Jn., Kherli, Nadbai,Bharatpur Jn., Achhenera Jn., Mathura Jn., Hathras City, Kasganj Jn., Farrukhabad Jn., Kannauj, Kanpur Anwarganj and Kanpur Central stations in both the directions.

Two luxury trains in Rajasthan to don a new look

The popular luxury trains of Rajasthan – Palace on Wheels and Royal Rajasthan on Wheels are soon going to get a major makeover.  Being sensitive towards the expectations of the travelers, the Indian Railways and RTDC have decided to refurbish the trains with new heritage look adorned by the finest trappings one can expect from a luxe train.

All the facilities  in the trains are being modernized including water purifiers in washrooms aside from superior communication and entertainment devices. Even the dining cart, the bar and lounge will be given a new look. The spa and health club will also get major upgrades.

As for the RROW makeover, the wooden floors would be covered with exquisite carpets to minimize noise. Further, new doors will replace existing ones. Besides, the train speed will also be increased so that guests spend less time on wheels and enjoy more time at the destinations. However, the itinerary and tariffs for the trains will remain same in 2013-14.

Trains to Vaishno Devi shrine up to Katra likely to start in July

Travel to Vaishno Devi shrine is expected to get much easier as several Mail, Express and local trains are expected to go up to Katra, the shrine’s base camp.

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Ongoing project of the construction of 25 km-long Uddhampur-Katra rail link is almost complete, and several mails, express and local trains are likely to go up to Katra, the base camp of Vaishno Devi shrine from July onward.

The new route will let pilgrims to reach the base camp of Vaishno Devi shrine at Katra without having to break their journey at Jammu.

The Udhampur-Katra rail route passes through inhospitable terrain, making it an extremely challenging engineering project.

The route consists of seven tunnels and 30 small and big bridges, including a 185-feet high tunnel. A total of seven tunnels span over 10 km of the 25-km stretch.

The trains, including New Delhi-Uddhampur Uttar Sampark Kranti, Jammu Mail, Chandigarh-Katra Express, Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Uddhampur Express, Ahmedabad-Uddhampur Express, Delhi-Pathankot Express, among others are likely to reach Katra once the line is operational.

Katra station is ready with three platforms and two more platforms will come up later.

Special Trains from Jaipur for Jyotirlingam Pilgimage

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The Ministry of Indian Railway has decided to launch seven Jyotirlring special trains from Jaipur Junction. These trains will run under the authorization of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation. The trains are scheduled for departure from Jaipur Junction on 30th June 2013 and passengers boarding these trains will return back to the Jaipur by 11th July. Trains will cover the various ‘Mahadev’ pilgrim spots in the course of 10 days.

A most revered pilgrimage circuit in India is the visit to the holy places of 12 Jyotirlingas It will be an enthralling experience for any of the Shiva devotee. Pilgrims will have an opportunity to visit the various temples on route. The itinerary of the routes and pilgrim spots covered is as follow:

July, 1 – Mahakaleshwar temple of Ujjain.

July, 2 – Onkareshwar and Dwarika of Indore.

July, 4 –  Naageshwar.

July, 5 – Somnath.

July, 7 – Grhineshwar  of Aurangabaad.

July, 8 – Bheemashanker.

July, 9 – Trimbhakeshwar.

You can get your bookings done from now onwards. Ticket fare per passenger is going to be Rs. 6600.

Spend your vacations differently this summer by visiting all these auspicious pilgrim spots.

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