It is in line with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's focus on removing isolation of northeast areas of the...
country through pro-active 'Act East Policy'. "For the first time, this type of special dedicated tourist train is being originated from NF Railway. This is a very unique concept where a dedicated tourist train will be originating from Guwahati," it said.
The train would take tourists to various religious destinations, covering Gangasagar, Sri Swamy Narayan Temple, Kalighat, Birla Temple, Sri Jagannath Temple, Konark Temple and Lingaraj Temple.
The duration of the tour from Guwahati and back is six nights and seven days, at a very nominal cost of Rs 850 per person per day barring taxes. "The cost per person for the entire trip is Rs 6,161.00 (all inclusive). The trip will start from Guwahati on 17.02.2017 and would end at Guwahati on 23.02.2017," the release added. The train would have various boarding stations including Kamakhya, Alipur Duar, New Cooch Behar, New Jalpaiguri, Malda, New Farakka, Pakur, Rampurhat and Bolpur. Tourists who intend to avail the services may book the same online from www.irctctourism.com or through registered e-ticket agents or from any office of the IRCTC.
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, is a subsidiary of the Indian Railways that handles the catering, tourism and online ticketing operations of the Indian railways. IRCTC clocked a turnover of Rs 1,506 crore in 2015-16 as compared to Rs 1,141 crore in 2014-15, registering a growth of 32 per cent. The PSU's net profit was pegged at Rs 189 crore during FY16 as against Rs 131 crore a year earlier. The internet ticketing contributed 43 per cent of IRCTC income by earning Rs 632.15 crore in FY16 as compared to Rs 308.12 crore in FY15 and emerged as the fastest growing e-commerce portal in India.