New Delhi: Ministry of Railways will run a special tourist train — Shri Ramayana Express — from November 14, covering four important destinations associated with the life of Lord Ram in a 16-days tour package spread over India and Sri Lanka.
Named as Shri Ramayana Yatra-Sri Lanka, the pilgrimage circuit will have two travel components –one each in India and Sri Lanka. After leaving Delhi, the train will make its first stop in Ayodhya followed by Hanuman Garhi Ramkot and Kanak Bhawan temple. The train will then cover the important destinations of Ramayana circuit such as Nandigram, Sitamarhi, Janakpur, Varanasi, Prayag, Shringverpur, Chitrakoot, Nasik, Hampi and Rameshwaram.
According to Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), the tour package will cover all meals, accommodation and wash and change facilities in dharmashalas, all transfers, sight-seeing arrangements and dedicated tour manager of IRCTC who will be travelling with the tourists during the entire tour.
The Ramayana Express train will have an overall capacity for 800 passengers and the tickets have been priced at Rs. 15,120 per person. The Sri Lanka leg of the tour will be charged separately as the passengers opting for Sri Lanka leg of the Ramayana Yatra package can take a flight to Colombo from Chennai. The 5-night/6-day Sri Lanka tour package will cost from Rs 36,970 per person and the tour package will cover destinations like Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Colombo and Negombo.
The IRCTC also recently operated an AC Tourist Train from 28th August to 9th September 2018 on the Ramayana Circuit from Trivandrum covering Panchavati, Chitrakoot, Shringverpur, Tulsi Manas Mandir, Darbhanga, Sita Marhi, Ayodhya and Rameshwaram.