IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) will commence the Divine Maharashtra tourist train service on January 8th to serve the major religious and historical tourist destinations in central India.
Siddharth Singh, spokesman for the IRCTC, said in a statement: “IRCTC, a power supply unit of the Ministry of Railways, will launch the AC Deluxe Tourist Train’s ultra-modern Divine Maharashtra tour from Delhi Safdarjung Station on January 8th.”
He said the five-day trip will start from Delhi on Jan. 8 and end on Jan. 12.
“The Divine Maharashtra tour will cover the prominent religious and heritage tourist destinations in central India. This tour will showcase two important Jyotirlingas i.e. Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple in Maharashtra’s Nasik and Ghrishneshwar in Aurangabad, Shirdi Sai and Shani temples and UNESCO World heritage site Ellora caves in four nights and five days tour,” Singh said.
He said this new luxury tourist train has a variety of features, including two fine dining restaurants, a modern kitchen, shower stalls on tour buses, sensor-based washroom functions, and a foot massager.
The fully air-conditioned train offers two types of accommodation: first air conditioning and second air conditioning.
The train has improved security features in the form of CCTV cameras. The IRCTC has also deployed private security guards on the train, he said.
The cost of the tour package starts at INR 24,120 per person for domestic tourists. All necessary health precautions will be taken during the tour.
He said the package cost, including train fare, all meals on board and off board, hotel stay / arrangements in Shirdi (two nights), guided excursions with English-speaking guides in air-conditioned buses, monument entry fee and travel insurance for all He said government or PSU Employees will be able to use the LTC facility on this tour according to their eligibility according to guidelines issued by the Treasury Department.
Taking into account the Covid pandemic, bookings on this luxury tourist train have been limited to around 120 tourists per trip, with a total capacity of 156 tourists.
“In addition, the IRCTC will provide a safety kit for all tourists with face masks, gloves, disinfectants and face protection. Regular temperature control of all tourists and staff, frequent disinfection of trains at stops etc. and other precautions will be ensured,” said the IRCTC official.
He said the staff was being scrutinized and the kitchen and restaurants were being refurbished after every meal.