Shri Ramayana Express is going to hit the track on November 14. IRCTC has planned to introduce this train which can accommodate approx 800 passengers at a time. This train will cover all the places from Ayodhya to Colombo via Rameshwaram, related to the Hindu epic. The train is going to start from Delhi on November 14 and will take 16 days to cover the Ramayana Circuit.
‘Ramayana’ is an Indian epic story of Lord Rama and his struggle to rescue his wife from King Ravana. This train will cover all the places which were travelled by Lord Rama during his 14 years of exile to rescue his wife, Sita. Hence, the name ‘Shri Ramayana Express’.
According to a report by The Hindustan Times, this train will start from Safdarjung Station of Delhi and make it’s first half at Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. The ‘Shree Ramayana Express’ is reported to cover the entire Ramayana Circuit which includes Nandigram, Sitamarhi, Varanasi, Prayag, Shringaverpur, Chitrakoot, Nasik, Hampi and Rameshwaram. This train has the capacity to accommodate 800 passengers which will allow a mass pilgrims to visit these sacred places at a time. An IRCTC official has said that the cost per person would be around Rs. 15,120.
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This special tourist train will offer a 16-day tour package including one in India and the other in Sri Lanka. The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will manage the whole tour, including road-trips, sightseeing, meals and accommodation in Dharamshalas at different places mentioned above. Those who would wish to complete the full journey have an option of taking a flight from Chennai to Colombo, Sri lanka.
In Sri lanka, tourists can visit places like Ramboda, Chilaw and Nuwara Elliya. The report also quoted Rajni Hasija, Director of Tourism, IRCTC as saying, “We see good revenue on this circuit. Right now date of first train has been announced and after seeing the response, we will decide whether to run the train once or twice in a year.”
Online booking for this special train will be available shortly on IRCTC website. The booking can also be done by IRCTC’s 27 tourist facilitation centres across the country.
The Minister of Union Railways, Piyush Goyal, tweeted on Tuesday that the train will retrace the “epic journey of Lord Rama”