IRCTC to get 5 new trains! All domestic travel enthusiasts, take note! Soon, you will get many more new IRCTC tourist packages to plan your holidays. The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is all set to add more tourism packages in the future. IRCTC, which runs many special tourist trains is carrying out an augmentation exercise, under which 5 dedicated rakes will be procured for exclusively runninf special tourist trains. The rakes will be procured from Coach Rehabilitation Work Shop in Bhopal, which is a unit of Indian Railways. Each of these rakes will consist of 19 coaches in total, out of which 14 will be sleeper class coaches, 1 AC three-tier coach, 2 pantry cars and 2 seating cum luggage rake. Moreover, in a bid to make these rakes more passenger-friendly for long duration train journeys, the corporation plans to upgrade the facilities in the coaches. In a recent press release, IRCTC stated that the rakes will be equipped with additional passenger amenities for the comfort of travelling passengers. However, the procurement of these 5 dedicated rakes will be done over the next three years, in a phased manner. According to IRCTC, the need for further augmentation of its fleet has grown as the major rail tourism packages such as Bharat Darshan tourist trains, State Pilgrim Special Trains as well as Aastha Special Tourist Trains have been doing very well in the market. These trains have been patronised by nearly 15 lakh tourists from the different corners of the country, IRCTC stated. Considering the popularity and potential of tourist trains as key drivers of domestic tourism in India, IRCTC has been introducing affordable tourist packages regularly. Some of the well known IRCTC tourist packages include - Ramayana Yatra, Ram Sethu Express, Sufi Circuit, Samanta Express, Panj Takht, Unity express etc. Interestingly, with these initiatives by IRCTC, Indian Railways has emerged as the country's largest transport carrier and also one of the largest domestic tour operators. Moreover, the corporation has been awarded for the best domestic tour operator at South Asia Travel and Tourism Exchange (SATTE) Awards 2019.