IRCTC Onam-special pilgrimage tour train – The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has launched a pilgrimage tour, ‘Maha Punya – Ganga Snan Yatra’, for the Onam celebrations 2014, through Bharat Darshan Tourist Train from Madurai to North India via Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Podanur, Erode, Salem and Vijayawada.
The tour covers holy pilgrimage places such as Haridwar, Allahabad, Varanasi and Gaya, The New Indian Express reported. The cost-effective tourist train will leave from Madurai, exclusively for tourists from Kerala, on September 2, 2014.
The cost of the package tour is Rs 6,700 (11 days). The cost includes Non-AC Sleeper Class Train journey, Non-AC hall accommodation wherever night stay is planned, Non-AC buses for local sightseeing and vegetarian meals.
The unique tourist train has the following features: The train carries only the Bharat Darshan tourists. Tour escorts and security guard for each coach. 10 coaches, including pantry car. Each coach is fixed with audio system for important announcements and music. On board and off-board catering service (Vegetarian – breakfast, lunch and dinner).