The Hon. Union Minister of Tourism, Culture and DONER, Shri G. Kishan Reddy, along with the Hon. Minister of Railways, Communications, Electronics and Information Technology, Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, flagged off the Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train on June 21 at 1700 hours, which will for the first time connect India and Nepal on a tourist train. The train was flagged off from the Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station.
The Bharat Gaurav trains (theme-based tourist circuit trains) is an attempt to showcase the rich cultural, spiritual, and historical heritage of the country to the people of India. The unique concept of Bharat Gaurav Trains, as envisaged by the Ministry of Railways, will be helpful in promoting mass tourism across the country and provide an opportunity to people from all parts of the country to explore the architectural, cultural, and historical marvels of the country.
Branded as Bharat Gaurav Tourist Trains, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd. (IRCTC) will operate these special comfort category tourist trains to promote theme-based tourism in the country.
The trains will also promote the various cultural and religious destinations of the country. The first IRCTC Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train on an 18-day Ramayana Circuit will start from Delhi on June 21, 2022.
The coaches of the train have recently undergone refurbishment, and the amenities and services have been upgraded. In association with the Ministry of Tourism, the exterior of the coaches of the trains have been designed as a kaleidoscope of Bharat Gaurav, or Pride of India, highlighting various facets of India such as monuments, dances, Yoga, folk art, etc.
The first trip of the train operating on the Ramayana Circuit will also cover the religious destination of JANAKPUR (in Nepal) for the first time in addition to other popular destinations such as Ayodhya, Nandigram, Sitamarhui, Varanasi, Prayagraj, Chitrakoot, Pancvati (Nasik), Hampi, Rameshwaram, and Bhadrachalam. It will also give a major incentive for the masses to embark on pilgrimage tours.