Indian Railways‘ Bharat Gaurav Tourist train has embarked for ‘Punya Kshetra Yatra: Puri – Kasi – Ayodhya’ tour package on Saturday.
This is the first tourist train originating from the two Telugu states – Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. It commenced its journey from Secunderabad railway station under the banner of “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat” programme.
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During the journey, the boarding and deboarding facility is available at Secunderabad, Kazipet, Khammam, Vijayawada, Eluru, Rajahmundry, Samalkot, Simachalam, and Vizianagaram.
List of places to visit:-
The 8 nights and nine days journey involves visiting important and historical places in Puri, Konark, Gaya, Varanasi, Ayodhya, and Prayagraj.
- Puri – Lord Jagannath Temple
- Konark – Sun Temple and Beach
- Gaya – Vishnu Pada Temple
- Varanasi – Kashi Vishwanath temple and Corridor, Kashi Vishalakshi temple, Annapurna Devi temple, evening Ganga Aarti
- Ayodhya – Ram Janma Bhoomi, Hanumangarhi and Aarti at Sarayu river
- Prayagraj – Triveni Sangam
, Hanuman Mandir, and Shankar Viman Mandapam
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The tourist train comprises both AC and Sleeper Class coaches. Reflecting the passenger interest to the unique initiative, yatris from all the 9 stopping stations (including Secunderabad) spread across the two Telugu states have come forward to avail the opportunity. All the 700 seats on the train have been completely booked.
In a statement, Arun Kumar Jain, General Manager, South Central Railways (SCR) said, “Bharat Gaurav trains will give major fillip to the growth of Tourism in the country, while also fulfilling the desire of the tourist passengers in the most convenient manner.”
The train is being operated by Indian Railways