Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an ardent follower of Hinduism and Lord Rama has decided to run a special train for pilgrimage at the places related to Lord Rama’s story as mentioned in epic Ramayana.
The train will be flagged off on November 14, the birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru and the train has been named Shri Ramayana Express.
For the convenience of the pilgrims, the Indian Railways has laid an elaborate plan to connect the religious places from Ayodhya to Rameshwaram in India and four sites in Sri Lanka. The total trip will be of 16 days starting from the Safdarjung railway station in Delhi.
Named as Shri Ramayana Yatra-Sri Lanka, the pilgrimage circuit will have two travel components – one each in India and Sri Lanka. After starting from Delhi, the first stop comes in Ayodhya followed by Hanuman Garhi Ramkot and Kanak Bhawan temple.
The Ramayana Express train will have a capacity for 800 passengers and the pilgrimage cost has been fixed at Rs 15,120 per person. The Sri Lanka leg of the tour will be charged separately.
The passengers opting for Sri Lanka leg of the Ramayana Yatra package can take a flight to Colombo from Chennai. The IRCTC offers 5-night/6-day Sri Lanka tour package at a cost starting from Rs 47,600 per person. The tour package will cover destinations like Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Colombo, and Negombo.
The passengers of the Sri Ramayana Express will be offered food on the train. The pilgrims will be provided accommodation in Dharmashalas by the IRCTC, which also make arrangements for their sight-seeing. Depending on the success and feedback of the passengers, its frequency will be decided by the Indian Railways next year.
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