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Indian Railways in the Quest of Boosting Tourism…!

Indian railways have their own style of coming up new trains to attract the tourists. Every time they came up with something new, the revenue of the tourism department increased significantly. You might have heard about the luxurious trains like “Palace on Wheels,” which is a major foreign tourist’s attraction. The only disadvantage in its case is that they are too expensive. Aiming to target the budget concerned tourists, IRCTC announced it new trains. Check out more about them here:

Bharat Darshan:

“Bharat Darshan”, the train, which sets its journey from Delhi to Chandigarh is another plan executed by IRCTC to attract the tourists in large numbers. The schedule, fares and rest other aspects are all directly aimed to encourage tourism in India. This train will show the might of south India to the travelers. As of now, the authorities have announced two distinct packages for this train. They are detailed below:

First package:

  • The schedule for this package is made for 13 days and 14 nights. It is all set to start on February 14th and gets concluded on 27th of the same month.
  • Major tourists’ attractions of this journey are Ernakulam, Goa, Padmanabhan temple in Thiruvananthapuram, Tirupati balaji, Rameswaram-Ramnath temple and Kanyakumari.
  • Starting from Safdarjung station, it travels through the places like Moradabad, Shahjahanpur, Lucknow, Kanpur, Jhansi, Bina and Bhopal.

Second package:

  • This trip is scheduled to be carried from March 16th to 28th. Spot ur train before the time runs away. It has an entire duration of 12 nights and 13 days.
  • There are many places in common between the first and second trips. In this trip, notable places visited by tourists are Mysore, Bangalore and Meenakshi temple.

The two scheduled packages between Delhi and Chandigarh have an attractive price of 830 rupees per day per person. Any of the trips by this train will include confirmed tickets, accommodation, sightseeing, food and other housekeeping services.indian railways

Semi-Luxury Trains:

To help the tourists in exploring the desert beauty of west India, IRCTC came up with a scheme of implementing two premier train services. The key points about these trains are listed here under:

  • These semi-luxury trains with deluxe facilities will set its journey from New Delhi. The whole trip is named as “Desert Circuit” and is scheduled for 5 days.
  • The Desert Circuit covers the places like Jaipur and Jaisalmer. The trip of other semi-luxury train is termed as “Heritage Circuit,” and it takes around the places like Varanasi, Kajuraho and Agra.
  • On a whole, these two trains will make 8 trips in a year.
  • Talking about the package prices, they are truly convincing. One can choose from a large variety of packages, and it is all set to attract tourists in a very large number.
  • The package prices for the Desert Circuit range from Rs 20,000 to Rs 36, 000. The range for the Heritage Circuit is from Rs 18,000 to Rs 35,000.
  • At Varanasi, the Heritage Circuit takes its passengers to Sarnath. Don’t forget to miss out the boat riding when you visit there.

IRCTC officials hope that these new initiatives could boost the tourism industry in India. The future of its plans in this context is largely based on the success of further such trains.

The latest initiatives made by the Indian Railways

The Indian Railways is constantly improving and developing. It has come up with quite a few new innovations in the recent past and has proposed many more. They want to ensure their passengers not just a comfortable but also a reliable travel experience.

Here are the latest initiatives by the Indian Railways for a ‘happy journey’

As per the reports, this scheme has been launched on pilot basis and the service will be available in more than 200 cities initially. Customers can book a ticket 5 days prior to commencement of journey and can get it delivered at home where the payment can be made.

  1. The cash on delivery payment method for booking tickets

For customers, who do not have access to the net banking facilities and for those who do not prefer using their credit or debit cards for online transactions, the Indian Railways introduced the COD–Cash on Delivery payment system. You can book online but pay in cash. If the reports are to be trusted, the COD scheme has been launched on the basis of the pilots and initially, the service will be available in not more than 200 cities. The passenger can book the ticket online before six days of the journey’s commencement and can have the ticket delivered on their address for the payment.

  1. Eco-friendly vacuum toilets on the train

The Railway Minister, in the Rail budget 2015-2016 announced that the Indian Railways would install 100 vacuum toilets in Shatabdi Express on the Delhi-Chandigarh route. However, this is for trial basis and if the initiative turns out well, each train in India will have vacuum toilets.

Vacuum or the eco-friendly toilets are very important since they prevent any kind of corrosion on railway tracks when the train is stopped for discharging all the waste on the tracks.

There are also plans of swapping the toilets with bio-friendly ones.driverless_metro

  1. Free wifi at stations and in trains

There are quite a few luxury trains, which have already been providing wifi connectivity since quite some time, but Prime Minister Modi wants that at least ten more long express trains get wifi. It is likely that priority will be extended to Rajdhani, Duronto and the Shatabdi express.

Also, the railways are looking forward to offer free Wi-Fi facilities to a total of 400 railway stations in the country, but it can be used for only 30 minutes.

Bangalore railway station became the foremost station in India to get Wi-Fi facility for offering high-speed connectivity to the passengers. This service began in October 2014. Later, the service started at Ahmadabad railway station on 31st January, 2015.

  1. Bullet trains – Indian Railways came up with a proposal of high-speed bullet trains in the country on the 2015 Republic Day Parade. Bullets trains will run only on three routes by the end of this year.

With such a lot of emancipation in the railway sector, from the facility to spot ur train to the availability of nutritious food to vacuum toilets, our country sure is moving ahead on the tracks of development.