An eighteen-day tour tracing key destinations from the life of Lord Ram will be launched by Indian Railways from 21 June. This is the maiden train launched as part of its Bharat Gaurav scheme that was launched in November 2021. The first destination of this Ramayan Yatra will be Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh and the last would be Dakshina Ayodhya or Ayodhya of the South Bhadrachalam.
Bharat Gaurav trains were launched to facilitate theme-based tourist circuits aimed at promoting cultural tourism and was expected to have 100 trains on different routes. As per earlier reports, this initiative was to have 3,000 coaches allotted for the trains that could be operated both by the IRCTC and private players.
The first of this scheme‘s offering, this Ramayana circuit train will take its passengers across pilgrimage sites under the Swadesh Darshan scheme, as reported. While it departs from New Delhi, the first destination will be Ayodhya on Day 2 and cover various temples as well as Nandigram. Day 3 will have tourists land at Buxar railway station, visit the Ramrekha ghat, and the Rameshwar Nath temple after Ganga snan and head to Sitamarhi station from where they would travel to Janakpur in Nepal by Bus.
Day 4 involves a tour of the land of Sita starting from Ram-Janaki mandir at Janakpur, a visit to Janaki Mandir at Sitamarhi and Punaura and a return to Varanasi.
Through Varanasi, Prayagraj, Chitrakoot, Nasik, Hampi, Rameshwaram, the train, which has a pantry to dish out vegetarian meals, will reach Bhadrachalam on Day 16 and return to Delhi on Day 18 of this pilgrim circuit. Details and booking links are available on the IRCTC site here.
The cost per person for single occupancy is Rs 71,820, double and triple occupancy at Rs 62,370 and for children (5-11years) Rs 56,700.
The various sites the trip will cover are
Ayodhya: Ram janmbhoomi temple, Hanuman garhi, SaryuGhat.
Nandigram: Bharat-Hanuman Temple and Bharat kund
Janakpur: Ram-Janki Mandir.
Sitamarhi: Janaki Mandir at Sitamarhi and Punaura Dham.
Buxar :Ram rekha Ghat, Rameshwar Nath Temple.
Varanasi: Tulsi Manas temple, Sankat Mochan temple, Vishwanath temple & Ganga Aarti.
Sita Samahit sthal, Sitamarhi: Sita Mata temple.
Prayagraj: Bharadwaj Ashram, Ganga-Yamuna Sangam, Hanuman temple.
Shringaverpur: Shringe Rishi Samadhi and Shanta Devi Temple, Ram Chaura.
Chitrakoot: Gupta Godawari, Ramghat, Sati Anusuiya temple.
Nasik:Trayambkeshwar temple, Panchvati, Sitagufa, Kalaram temple.
Hampi:Anjanadri Hill, Virupaksha temple and Vitthal Temple.
Rameshwaram: Ramnathswami temple and Dhanushkodi.
Kanchipuram:Vishnu Kanchi, Shiva Kanchi and Kamakshi Amman temple
Bhadrachalam: Sri Sitaram Swami Temple, Anjani Swami Temple.
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