KOCHI: The IRCTC has launched a pilgrimage tour for the Onam celebration ‘Maha Punya - Ganga Snan Yatra’ through Bharat Darshan Tourist Train from Madurai to North India via Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Podanur, Erode, Salem and Vijayawada.
The tour covers holy pilgrimage places such as Haridwar, Allahabad, Varanasi and Gaya. This unique cost-effective tourist train will leave from Madurai, exclusively for tourists from Kerala on September 2.The cost of the package tour is `6,700 (11 days).The cost includes Non-AC Sleeper Class Train journey, Non-AC hall accommodation wherever night stay is planned, Non-AC buses for local sightseeing and vegetarian meals.
The unique tourist train has the following features: The train carries only the Bharat Darshan tourists. Tour escorts and security guard for each coach. 10 coaches, including pantry car. Each coach is fixed with audio system for important announcements and music. On board and off-board catering service (Vegetarian - breakfast, lunch and dinner).
More details are available from the Tourism Information & Facilitation Centres: Ernakulam -9567863241, 9567863242, Thiruvananthapuram - 9567863243, 9746743054, 9567863245, Kozhikode - 9746743047, 9567863244, IRCTC Area Office, Coimbatore - 09003140680, IRCTC Regional Office, Ernakulam - 9746470770, 9476743045, 0484 - 2382991/2.