In line with government’s “Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat” and “DekhoApnaDesh”, another Bharat Gaurav Train “North East Discovery: Beyond Guwahati”, specially designed tour to cover the North eastern states of India was flagged off from Delhi Safdarjung station.
The train tour started its journey from Delhi Safdarjung railway and will cover Guwahati, Sivasagar, Jorhat and Kaziranga in Assam, Unakoti, Agartala and Udaipur in Tripura, Dimapur and Kohima in Nagaland and Shillong and Cherapunji in Meghalaya in 15 days tour. According to the Railways Ministry, the guests will be travelling roughly 5800 kms in this entire tour by train.
“This train holds special significance as it is getting started on the eve of Chaitra Navratri/Gudi Padwa. I extend my greetings to all. It is indeed a gift for all of us,” said Meenakashi Lekhi, Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture, Government of India, while flagging off the train yesterday.
Spanning over 14 nights and 15 days, the first stop of this train is Guwahati where tourists will visit Kamakhya Temple followed by Umananda Temple and a sunset cruise on the Brahmaputra.
This train will further depart on overnight journey for Naharlagun Railway Station which is 30 kms 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 at Sivasagar, Sivadol is a part of the itinerary besides other heritage sites.
Further the tea gardens at Jorhat and an overnight stay at Kaziranga followed by an early morning jungle safari at Kaziranga National Park will be experienced by the tourists.The Tourist Train next departs from the Furkating Railway Station in the state of Tripura where the sightseeing of famous heritage sites of Unakoti and of Agartala including the famous Ujjayanta Palace has been planned.
For the next day, the Neermahal palace and Tripura Sundarimandir at Udaipur will be covered in the itinerary. Post Tripura, the train departs to Dimapur for visiting the state of Nagaland. The scenic train journey between Badarpur station to Lumding Jn 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, Cherrapunji, Shillong Peak, Elephant Falls, Nawkhalikai falls and Mawsmai caves, before the train returns to Delhi.
The modern Deluxe AC Tourist Train has a host of features including two fine dining restaurants, a contemporary kitchen, shower cubicles in coaches, sensor based washroom functions, foot massager and a mini library. The fully air-conditioned train provides two types of accommodation viz. AC I and AC II. The train also has security features like CCTV cameras, electronic safes and dedicated security guards appointed for each coach.
At a price range starting from INR 1,06,990/- per person in AC 2 Tier, the IRCTC tourist train will be a 15 days all inclusive tour package.