Offering special tours to Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Tripura and Meghalaya, Indian Railways is launching the “North-East Discovery” service, on 16 November.
The specially curated tour on Bharat Gaurav Deluxe AC tourist train will be commencing its journey from Safdarjung Railway Station on 16 November 2023, on a 14 nights/15 days itinerary.
The much sought-after tourist train, with service from the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), is being equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, with AC coaches, to accommodate 204 tourists.
The places covered are Guwahati, Sivasagar, Jorhat and Kaziranga in Assam; Unakoti, Agartala and Udaipur in Tripura; Dimapur and Kohima in Nagaland; and Shillong and Cherrapunji in Meghalaya.
Tourists can also board/deboard at Ghaziabad, Aligarh, Tundla, Kanpur and Lucknow Railway Station on this tourist train.
According to the Railways, North-East Discovery tour is expected to promote the relatively untraversed Northeastern states of India.
The train has a host of modern features including two dining cars or restaurants, a contemporary kitchen (flameless), shower cubicles in AC I and AC II coaches, sensor-based washroom functions, foot massager and a mini-library.
The fully air-conditioned train provides three types of accommodation viz. AC I, AC II and AC III. The train also has enhanced security features like CCTV cameras, electronic safes and dedicated security guards appointed for each coach.
Spanning over 14 nights and 15 days, the first stop of this train is Guwahati, where tourists will visit Kamakhya Temple, followed by the Umananda Temple and a sunset cruise on the Brahmaputra River.
The train will further depart on an overnight journey for Naharlagun Railway Station which is 30 km from the next destination — Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh.
The next city to follow is Sivasagar — the old capital of the Ahom Kingdom in Eastern part of Assam. The famous Shiva temple, Sivadol, is part of the itinerary, besides other heritage sites like Talatal Ghar and Rang Ghar (Colosseum of the East).
Further the tea gardens at Jorhat and an overnight stay at Kaziranga, along with an early morning jungle safari at Kaziranga National Park will be experienced by the tourists.
Later, the train departs for the state of Tripura where the guests cover the famous heritage site of Unakoti in the densely covered Jampui Hills. Afterwards they proceed for the capital city of Agartala, the tour of which includes the famous Ujjayanta Palace, the Neermahal and the Tripura Sundari Mandir at Udaipur.
Post Tripura, the train departs for Dimapur to cover the state of Nagaland. The scenic train journey between Badarpur station to Lumding can be witnessed by the guests in the early hours of the morning from their seats.
From Dimapur station, tourists shall be taken to Kohima by buses, for visiting the local sites, including a tour of the Khonoma village to experience the Naga way of life.
The next halt for the tourist train will be Guwahati from where the sightseers will be taken to Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya, by road, with a pit stop at the majestic Umium Lake enroute.
The next day starts with an excursion to Cherrapunji nestled in the East Khasi Hills. Shillong Peak, Elephant Falls, Nawkhalikai falls and Mawsmai caves are a part of the day’s sightseeing.
From Cherrapunji the tourists travel back to Guwahati Station to board the train for the return train journey back to Delhi. Around 5,800 km will be covered in the course of the entire train tour.
It is pertinent to mention that the Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train launch is in line with the Government of India initiatives “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat” and “Dekho Apna Desh” to encourage domestic tourism.
The IRCTC tourist train will be an all-inclusive tour package with train journey in the respective class, night stay at AC hotels, all meals (vegetarian only), all transfer and sight-seeing in buses, travel insurance, services of tour escort etc.
All necessary health precautionary measures will be taken care of and IRCTC maintains that it aims to provide a safe and memorable experience to the guests.
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