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Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train flagged off on 8-day trip to pilgrimage sites

Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, Ashwini Vaishnaw, and G. Kishan Reddy flagging off IRCTC Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train Shri Jagannath Yatra from Delhi

Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train “Shri Jagannath Yatra” was flagged off on Wednesday from Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station on its auspicious tour.

During the 8-day journey, the 528 tourists on board will visit Jagannath temple of Puri, Varanasi, Baidyanath Dham, Konark and Gaya.

At a price range starting from Rs 17,655 per person, the tourist train will be an all-inclusive tour package covering train journey in 3rd AC, Night stay at hotels,  All meals (veg only), all transfer and sight-seeing in buses, travel insurance and services of guides.  All necessary health precautionary measures are being taken care of, according to a Railway Ministry statement.

The first stop of the train will be at Varanasi, where tourists will visit Kashi Vishwanath temple & Corridor along with the Ganga ghat. After Varanasi, the train will move to Jashidih Railway station in Jharkhand and tourists will proceed to visit Baidyanath dham Jyotirling temple. Further train will depart from Jashidih to Puri where a stay for two nights has been arranged for them in hotels.

While at Puri, tourists will visit Jagannath temple, Golden Puri beach, Sun temple at Konark and temples of Bhubaneshwar. After Puri, Gaya will be the last destination where the visit of Vishnupad temple will be covered in the tour. Train will return to Delhi on 1st Feb.

Coupled with a modern state of the art AC rake, the tourist train has options to board/de-board the train at Ghaziabad, Aligarh, Tundla, Etawah, Kanpur and Lucknow stations on the tour.

Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that the train fulfils the Prime Minister’s vision to enable common citizens of the country to travel within the country, particularly pilgrimage sites. He said that high quality facilities have been provided for the passengers, including accommodation, food and local transportation.

Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train launch is in line with the Government of India initiative “Dekho Apna Desh”  to promote domestic tourism.