With thousands of people travelling far away to pay respect to their religious idol, it becomes a necessity on the part of the government to be able to provide adequate resources to fulfill their travel without any hassle.
Considering the need, Indian Railways has launched a new Tirth special named, ‘Aastha tourist train’ from the land of Bhuwaneswar to various religious attractions in South India.
"For the first time, this type of special dedicated tourist train is being originated from NF Railway. This is a very unique concept where a dedicated tourist train will be originating from Guwahati," an official said.
The duration of the trip will be 6 nights and 7 days and will take the tourists to various religious destinations including Gangasagar, Meenakshi Amman Temple, Shri Swamy Narayan Temple, Kanyakumari Temple, the Konark Temple, Kalighat and the famous Jagannath Temple etc.
The train will pass through several boarding stations including Kamakhya, Alipurduar, New Cooch Behar, New Jalpaiguri, Malda, New Farakka, Pakur, Rampurhat and Bolpur, taking devotees to their religious places.
The train is scheduled to start from 8th September 2017 and would cost around Rs. 6,161/- per person that would include breakfast, dinner, sleeper class accommodation and local transport.
A destination like India, which is loaded with the hundreds of holy places, religious tourism has become one of the leading sectors of the travel and tourism industry.
Seeing this one more train namely, The Rameswaram- Faizabad- Rameswaram Weekly Express via Ayodhya will start from 6th August from Rameswaram and on 9th August from Faizabad. The same train then will leave Rameswaram on Sundays at 11.50pm and reach Faizabad at 8.30am on Wednesday.
Train connectivity to these destinations is obviously good news considering the importance of Rameswaram, Bhuwaneswar and Ayodhya as a famous religious places.
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