With the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) offering private luxury trains on demands, enjoying five-star facilities and getting down at chosen destinations have now become a reality. One such train was hired by a group of 40 businessmen from the Gulf to visit Roorkee in Uttarakhand in January for a business deal. “We were approached by a private investor for to hire a luxury train for his Gulf-based businessmen clientele. We provided them with executive class coaches, special food menu, journey timings as part of their requirements,” said a senior IRCTC official.
The group left home satisfied and in turn opened brighter avenues for this subsidiary of Indian Railways. With an eye on increasing revenue by expanding the ambit of its luxury train services, IRCTC has sent a team to Dubai for publicising their customised services. It has already received a request from a China-based tour operator for a luxury train on Buddhist circuit in India. “A meeting was held with the company, in the Ministry of Commerce early this month, to understand their requirements. They want us to provide them with a meditation room and some other specifications. We have no issues customising if they give us a guarantee of Chinese tourists coming in large numbers,” said the official. He added things are progressing and a deal is expected in the coming months. IRCTC runs an ultra luxury Maharajas Express on five routes during winter season and it plans to press it on other routes as part of its charter services during other seasons.