Connecting South India to Nepal
IRCTC’s new AC Tourist Train connects South India to Allahabad, Varanasi, Ayodhya, Kathmandu, Manakamana, Pokhara and Kushinagar.
Pilgrims in South India can now visit Hindu and Buddhist sites thanks to IRCTC’s latest offering. Tourist can now board the exclusive AC Tourist Train from Chennai and travel to Allahabad, Varanasi, Ayodhya, Kathmandu, Manakamana, Pokhara and Kushinagar.
This new train is in line with IRCTC’s continued effort to provide rail tour packages successfully for the past many years to various places of tourist importance. Tourists can now travel to the popular Hindu and Buddhist pilgrim destinations in India and Nepal, providing an opportunity to visit the Triveni Sangam (confluence of rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati) in Allahabad, visit the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple and Visalakshi temple in Varanasi; The Ministry of Finance, Government of India, has also recognised IRCTC as an outlet for the wide circle of LTC travellers for their ticketing. It also has the recognition of the IATA (International Air Transport Association) to deal with corporate travel services. and visit Pashupathinath Temple, Swayambhunath (a Buddhist Temple) and Budha Nilkantha (Lord Vishnu) temple in Kathmandu. Also included in the package are visits to Lumbini in Nepal, the holy birth place of Lord Buddha and Kushinagar, another principal centre of Buddhism, where Lord Buddha passed away. The visit to Ayodhya and sight- seeing at Pokhara, Nepal, will also be the other attractions in this tour. The tourist train features 4 IAC (Luxury), 3 IIAC (Deluxe) and 1 IIIAC (Comfort) coaches, all of these have been specially renovated. The train has a separate pantry car to cater vegetarian food to the tourists. The PA system on the train will provide discourses and instructions regarding the day-to-day conduct of tour. The Tourist train will be routed through Vijayawada and Warangal for the convenience of pilgrims of Andhra Pradesh so that they can join the tour from there.
The tour includes travel by the ‘AC Tourist Train’, AC hotel accommodation at places of night stays, buses for transfers and sightseeing, on- board and off- board vegetarian catering, services of a tour escort, security, etc. Government Sector/ PSU employees can also avail the LTC facilities for the above tour.