- The train promotestourism in the country by connecting important historical, cultural and religious places in India.
- It is operated by IRCTC and provides boarding / de-boarding facility to passengers in both Telugu States.
The Ministry of Railways has introduced ‘Bharat Gaurav Trains” to showcase India’s rich cultural heritage by connecting important historical, cultural and religious places of the country through Rail. Till date, 26 trips of Bharat Gaurav Trains have been operated covering around 22 states and 04 Union Territories.
Taking this novel initiative ahead, Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will commence “Punya Kshetra Yatra: Puri – Kasi – Ayodhya” tomorrow from Secunderabad Railway Station. This is the first Originating Bharat Gaurav Train from the two Telugu States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. This Tourist Circuit Train will take rail passengers to some of India’s most ancient and significant places in Eastern & Northern part of the country.
The Yatris in the train will get a unique opportunity to visit Puri, Konark, Gaya, Varanasi, Ayodhya and Prayagraj over a period of 8 nights / 9 days duration. To benefit all the rail passengers, the boarding (& De-boarding) facility has been given at 9 important stations spread across the two Telugu states. The first trip has seen humongous response with all seats being booked for this Yatra, with passengers availing the facility from all the stopping stations.
The train provides holistic service to the rail passengers by taking care of all their travel related needs. The tour package includes all travel facilities (including both rail as well as road transport), accommodation facility, wash and change facilities, catering arrangements (Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner – both On-Board and Off-Board), Services of professional and friendly tour escorts, Security on train – CCTV Cameras installed in all Coaches, Public announcement facility in all coaches, Travel insurance and presence of IRCTC Tour Managers throughout the travel for assistance.
|Destinations and visits covered|
|Puri||Lord Jagannath Temple|
|Konark||Sun Temple & Beach|
|Gaya||Vishnu Pada Temple|
|Varanasi||Kashi Viswanath Temple & Corridor, Kashi Vishalakshi and Annapurna Devi temple. Evening Ganga Aarti|
|Ayodhya||Ram Janma Bhoomi, Hanumangarhi and Aarati at Sarayu River|
|Prayagraj||Triveni Sangam, Hanuman Mandir and Shankar Viman Mandapam|
The next trip of Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train will start from 18th April 2023 with same itinerary and train composition.