Tourist train launched at Safdarjung Railway Station!

Tourist train launched at Safdarjung Railway Station!

The first Ramayana Express was flagged off at the Safdarjung Railway Station. A traditional welcome of garlands and Tilak, and people dressed as characters from the Ramayana, chanting Jai Shri Ram, greeted passengers. The arrangements made by the railways surprised the travelers and even sought the blessings of “Hanuman, Sita, and Ram”. The Indian Railways has announced the launch of three more Ramayana Express trains from different parts of the country after getting a good response for the first one. This is a good step by the government for many destinations at one go. By this effort of railways, people who are aged can safely visit places associated with Lord Ram. The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will run the train, which will cover Ayodhya, the birthplace of Ram. They will also go to other locations mentioned in the epic, such as Hanuman Garhi, Ramkot and the Kanak Bhawan temple. The trains will make stops at Nandigram, Sitamarhi, Janakpur, Varanasi, Prayag, Shringaverpur, Chitrakoot, Nasik, Hampi, and Rameshwaram or at the railway stations nearest to these locations. The railways will facilitate trips by road from the station to the pilgrimage sites. The trains will have sleeper class coaches for 800 passengers. Those interested in a separate Sri Lanka-leg of the circuit can opt to travel by air to Colombo from Chennai. The IRCTC is targeting religious tourism to generate revenue and has asked the railways board to allow it to buy three trains to be run on the routes identified by it.

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