IRCTC offers eight tour packages this summer

By N. Ravi Kumar  www.thehindu.com

Jammu, Gulmarg, Shimla, Darjeeling, Gangtok figure in the list of destinations. A visit to Mata Vaishno Devi mandir, one of the most popular shrines in the country, forms part of a few packages.

Eight tour packages to various, popular cool climes of north and north-eastern India are on offer this summer from the South Central Zone of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC).

The ever enticing, sought after, picturesque Jammu, Gulmarg, Shimla, Kullu, Manali, Darjeeling and Gangtok figure in the list of tourist destinations covered under different packages. A visit to Mata Vaishno Devi mandir, one of the most popular shrines in the country, forms part of a few packages.

The duration range from 5-nights/6-days to 8 night/9 days. Per person tariff is upwards of Rs.10,000 — with that of ‘Discover Amazing Kashmir’ Srinagar-Gulmarg-Pahalgam-Sonmarg-Srinagar 5 nights/6 days package cheapest at Rs.10,910. The ‘North East Delights’ New Jalpaiguri/Bagdogra-Darjeeling-Pelling-Gangtok-Kalimpong-New Jalpaiguri/Bagdogra 6 nights/7 days package, with a tariff of Rs.20,217, is the costliest of the lot.

Giving details, IRCTC SCZ Deputy General Manager (Catering and Tourism) N. Sanjeevaiah highlighted the benefits of patronising the government of India enterprise. Tour packages, an official release said, are available for government employees desirous of availing themselves of leave travel concession (LTC). A package to Guwahati-Shillong will be launched soon. More info

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