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.

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.

 

Train ticket booking period cut to 60 days!

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The Railways have cut the maximum period for advanced reservation of tickets from 4 months to 60 days with effect from May 1.

However, tickets booked up to April 30 under the 120-day reservation period would be valid, says a railway circular. Foreign tourists would continue to enjoy the facility of booking ticket 360 days in advance.

The Railways have retained the lower time limit for reservation for certain trains such as the Taj Express and the Gomti Express. It was in March 2012 that the Railways increased the advance reservation period from 90 to 120 days.

 

The reduction of advance reservation period to 60 days will be a deterrent for touts who book bulk tickets in advance. We hope the reduction of booking period will help genuine travellers.

Indeed, a welcome move by the Railways. Otherwise, how difficult it has been to plan well ahead!!

New Special Train between Jaipur and Secundrabad

The Railways have decided to run special trains between Secundrabad and Jaipur via Narkher to clear the extra rush of passengers this summer.

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Accordingly, train number 09736 Jaipur-Secundrabad special will leave Jaipur at 9.10 pm on March 23 (Saturday) and arrive Secundrabad at 7.30 am on third day (Monday).

This train will leave from Betul at 1.55 pm, Amla-2.26 pm, Narkher-3.50 pm, Chandur Bazar-5.40 pm, New Amravati-6.20 pm and Badnera-6.40 pm on March 24.

In its return journey, train number 09735 Secundrabad-Jaipur special will leave Secundrabad at 10.00 pm on March 25 (Monday) and arrive Jaipur at 06.15 am on third day (Wednesday).

This train will leave Badnera at 9.35 am, New Amravati at 9.50 am, Chandur Bazar at 10.35 am, Narkhed at 12.00 noon, Amla at 12.39 pm and Betul at 2.15 pm on March 26.

It will halt at Durgapura, Bhanasthali Niwai, Sawai Modhopur, Kota Junction, Ramganj Mandi, Nagda Junction, Ujjain, Barchha, Shujalpur, Sehore, Bhopal, Habibganj, Itarsi, Betul, Amla, Narkher, Chandur Bazar, New Amravati, Badnera, Murtajapur, Akola, Washim, Hingoli Deccan, Purna, H.Sahib Nanded, Mudkhed, Nizamabad, Kamareddy and Medchal in both directions.

The composition will be a total 20 coaches including One First-cum-2 Tier AC, One AC-2-tier, Four AC-3-tier, 10 Sleeper Class, 2 General Second Class and 2 General Second Class cum brake vans, according to a release from Public Relations department of Central Railway, Nagpur.

Ajmer-Ahmedabad Holiday Special set to run from November 26

The Indian railways have started a new weekly holiday special train between Ajmer and Ahmedabad in view of the vacation rush. This train would start its first journey from November 26, 2012 and carry the passengers til December 26, 2012.

The North Western Railway official has confirmed that the Ajmer-Ahmedabad Holiday special train is scheduled to depart from Ajmer from November 26 to December 24 on Mondays at 09.20am with an arrival time of 07.00pm at Ahmedabad. It would return from Ahmedabad on Wednesdays at 06.05 in the morning from November 28 to December 26 and would reach Ajmer at 03.55pm.

This train would at Byawar, Marwar Junction, Phalna, Sirohi Road, Abu Road, Palanpur, Siddhpur, Uunjha, Mehsana, and Sabarmati Stations.

Apart from the Ajmer-Ahmedabad Holiday Special,  Agra-Jaipur Shatabdi Express and Bikaner-Delhi Sarai Rohilla would run from November 28 and December01, respectively.

Jaipur Agra Shatabdi Express to hit the tracks

The pink city is all set to receive the gift of Shatabdi express soon. Announcement about the train was made in the union rail budget 2011. As per the Railway officials, Coaches of the luxury train have now reached Jaipur and the train would come down on track from November30, 2012.

The Jaipur-Agra fort Shatabdi express is scheduled to depart from Jaipur at 7:05 in the morning with an arrival time of 10:35 at Agra. It would return from Agra fort at 4:20 in the evening and would reach Jaipur at 7:50 pm. The train would only halt at Bharatpur station during its journey.

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