IRCTC announces Vaishno Devi tour

By special correspondent  www.thehindu.com

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has announced the introduction of a ‘Mata Vaishno Devi’ Special train – a 10-day ‘Uttara Bharat Yatra’, Temple Tour to North India leaving Secunderabad on October 24 (midnight of Oct. 23) and returning on November 2.

IRCTC Group General Manager, Smita Rawat said the train cover ‘Mata Vaishno Devi’, Amritsar, Haridwar, New Delhi, Mathura and Agra. Originating from here, it will run via Nalgonda, Guntur, Vijayawada, Khammam and Warangal for the benefit of people joining the tour.

She recalled that in the Railway Budget 2014-15, the operation of pilgrim circuit trains by IRCTC was announced.

Overwhelming response

“With overwhelming response for the first tourist special, ‘Holy Ganga Yamuna Yatra’, we have closed bookings and are confident of good response for the second, the ‘Mata Vaishno Devi Special’ too,” she said, at a press conference.

The special will comprise an AC 2 tier, two AC 3 tier and 7 sleeper coaches, categorised as deluxe, comfort and standard, she informed.

The package includes meals on-board and off-board (at sight-seeing locations), accommodation – standard class dharmashala/dormitory for sleeper class and hotels/lodges for comfort and deluxe AC class, road transportation by non AC vehicles for standard class and AC vehicles for the comfort and deluxe tourists. More info

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