New Delhi: The Indian Railways has come up with a special tour plan, Garvi Gujarat, to showcase the cultural & spiritual heritage of vibrant Gujarat by running its Bharat Gaurav deluxe AC tourist train.
This special tourist train, operated by IRCTC, will depart on February 28 from Delhi’s Safdarjung railway station on 8 days tour. Boarding & deboarding facility is provided at Gurugram, Rewari, Ringas, Phullera & Ajmer railway stations for convenience of tourists.
This train tour package has been designed on the lines of the Central government’s ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’ scheme, conceptualized on the life of great freedom fighter Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel. The first stoppage of this train tour package has been kept at Kevadiya, which houses the famous Statue of Unity. The entire train will cover a distance of 3500kms during the course of eight days journey.
The visit of world’s tallest statue – Statue of Unity, Champaner archaeological park, which is a UNESCO world heritage site, Adhlej Step Well, Akshardham Temple at Ahmedabad, Sabarmati Ashram, Modhera Sun Temple and the Rani ki Vao another UNESCO site at Patan are the major heritage treasures included in the tour itinerary. Beside, the visit of Somnath Jyotirlinga, Nageshwar Jyotirlinga, Dwarkadheesh Temple and Beyt Dwarka are the religious sites covered under the tour programme. There will be two night stay in the hotels, one each at Kevadiya and Ahmedabad respectively, while the visit of places at Somnath and Dwarka will be covered in the day halt at the destination.
The state of art deluxe AC tourist train has a host of features including two fine dining restaurants, a modern kitchen, shower cubicles in coaches, sensor based washroom functions, foot massager. The fully air-conditioned train provides two types of accommodation viz. 1st AC and 2nd AC. The train has enhanced security features of CCTV cameras and security guards for each coach and also equipped with infotainment system in the entire train.
Bharat Gaurav tourist train launch has been launched under the ‘Dekho Apna Desh’ scheme to promote domestic tourism. At a price range starting from ₹52250/- per person in AC 2 Tier, ₹67140 per person for AC 1 (cabin) and ₹77400/- per person for AC 1 (coupe) the IRCTC tourist train will be a 8 days all inclusive tour package and the price will cover train journey and other expenses like night stay at AC hotels, all meals (veg only), all transfer & sight-seeing in buses, travel insurance and services of guide etc. All necessary health precautionary measures will be taken care of and IRCTC will make efforts to provide a safe and memorable experience to the guests, said an Indian railways official.
In order to make this package more attractive and affordable to a large population, IRCTC has tied up with payment gateways for providing EMI payment option for breaking the total payment in small amount EMIs.
- The 8-day “Garvi Gujarat” train tour to depart on Feb 28 from Delhi’s Safdarjung Station
- Tour has been planned showcase vibrant Gujarat under Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat scheme
- Tourist train consists of four 1AC coaches, two 2nd AC, pantry and two rail restaurants
- Tour package starts from ₹52,250 and can accommodate 156 tourists onboard
- Statue of Unity, Champaner, Somnath, Dwarka, Nageshwar & Beyt Dwarka are in itinerary
- Gurugram, Rewari, Ringas, Phullera & Ajmer stations are boarding/deboarding points
- IRCTC has also tied up with payment gateways to EMI facility to the tourists