Interior of Bharat Gaurav train. Image Source: ABPLive

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation’s (IRCTC) started approximately 8000 kms long railway journey with its new tourist train from New Dehli on Wednesday. The train will traverse through various locations in India and Nepal that are closely or indirectly relates with the religious story of Ramanayana.

The Bharat Gaurav train is supposed to open up a new era in tourism development and promotion in the region of India and Nepal. With 500 on board, train left for the historic place of Nepal, Janakpurdham and is expected to reach by Thursday according to officials.

G Kishan Reddy, Union Minister for Culture, Tourism and Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Government of India says on Twitter: ‘Shri Ramayana Yatra’, the 18-day pilgrimage tour by Bharat Gaurav Train will cover important & sacred places associated with the life of Prabhu Shri Rama.

Lots of tweets from respected Indian Government officials are coming on the row. Indian Railway Minister Hon Ashwini Vaishnaw emphasized Ramayan Circuit Train as a precious effort to cherish the Indian cultural heritage.

In a recent tweet, Railway Ministry of India says, “Shri Ram represents the soul of Bharat! Embark on a journey to the places associated with the life of भगवान श्री राम with Shri Ramayana Yatra, a Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train.”

For Indian citizen, the Swodesh Darshan Scheme is open now with the cost of 62370 INR per person with Ramayana Circuit train inauguration.

According to financial express, with total capacity of 600 people, Ramayan Circuit prices are as below:
Single occupancy: INR 71,820
Double occupancy: INR 62,370
Triple occupancy: INR 62,370
Child with bed (5-11 years): INR 56,700

It is sure that this pilgrimage package covers various locations in Nepal and India which includes but not limited to places like Janaki temple in Nepal where Sita was born, Ayodhya where lord Shri Ram was born, Buxar, Kashi, Bhadrachalam, Chitrakoot, Hampi, Kanchipuram, Nandigram, Nashik, Prayagraj, Rameshwaram, Shringaverpur, Sitamarhi and Varanasi etc.

Let’s be hopeful that this cross border multi-destination railway journey brings Nepal and India even closer and strengthen religious connection and our century long relationship as well.

Some of the promotional flyers realesed officially by Indian Government are as below:

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