Uttara Bharat Yatra and Mahalaya Pind Daan Tarpan will start on August 27 and September 25 respectively.
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) Ltd. launched tourist packages – Uttara Bharat Yatra with Mata Vaishno Devi and Mahalaya Pind Daan Tarpan – by “special luxury tourist trains for pilgrimage”, starting from August 27 and September 25 respectively.
Announcing this at a press conference here on Thursday, Deputy Director General/Tourism, IRCTC, DSGP Kishore said the Uttara Bharat Yatra will cover Agra, Vaishnodevi, Golden Temple, Wagah border, Manasa Devi Mandir, Ganga Aarti, Red Fort, Akshardam Temple (Delhi), Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple and India Gate. The tour starts in Renigunta. Pilgrims departing on this tour from Visakhapatnam and North Andhra can board the train at Guntur or Vijayawada, which are the nearest embarkation points.
The cost per person is ₹10,400 per Sleeper Class and ₹17,330 per 3 AC for this tour. The duration of this tour is 10 nights and 11 days. The tour will end on September 6. There is no rate for children under 5 years old and those over 5 years old will be charged the full adult price.
The places covered by ‘Mahalaya Pind Daan Tarpan’ are Varanasi, Prayagraj and Gaya. The 6 nights and 7 days tour will start from Secunderabad on September 25th. It will reach Visakhapatnam at 2:45 p.m. the same day. It will also make stops at Vizianagaram and Srikakulam Road stations. The train will return to Visakhapatnam on September 30 at 10:30 p.m. and to Secunderabad at 11:30 a.m. on October 1.
The package includes train ticket, accommodation, tea/coffee, pure vegetarian meals, attendants, security of each coach, non air-conditioned road transfers and travel insurance.
Visakhapatnam Railway Station Manager Rajagopal and IRCTC Area Officer Chandra Mohan Bisa were present at the press conference.
Further details can be obtained from the IRCTC office at gate no. 1, Visakhapatnam station or from Chandan on mobile no. 82879 32318, Gananadha on 82879 32281, Hyma on 76709 08300 or from the office landline number. 0891-2500695.