Circuit Trains by Indian Railway
Details of Circuit Trains by Indian Railway.
- Tourist Circuit Trains : Private players can buy coaches soon
- Indian Railways to introduce ‘Gurudwara Circuit Train’ for Sikh devotees
- Theme-Based ‘Bharat Gaurav Trains’ over Indian Railways
Tourist Circuit Trains : Private players can buy coaches soon
Railways plan to spread Rail based tourism among masses through leasing of coaching stock to interested parties to run them as theme based cultural, religious and other Tourist Circuit train. ED level committee constituted by Ministry of Railways to formulate policy and terms and conditions
Indian Railway annoyed on 11.09.2021 that to tap the potential of tourism sector and to leverage the core strengths of the professionals of tourism sector in tourism activities like marketing, hospitality, integration of services, reach with customer base, expertise in development /identification of tourist circuits etc, Indian Railways is planning to spread Rail based tourism among masses through leasing of coaching stock to interested parties to run them as theme based cultural, religious and other Tourist Circuit train.
Broad features of the Proposed Model :-
- Leasing of coaches as per desired configuration of interested parties. Bare shells may also be taken on lease. Outright purchase of coaches can also be done.
- Minor refurbishment of coaches is permitted.
- Leasing to be done for a minimum period of 5 years and extendable till codal life of coaches.
- Minimum train composition for leasing purpose as per policy guidelines.
- Interested party to develop/decide business model (routes, itinerary, tariff etc).
- Simple registration process for interested parties based on eligibility criteria.
- Indian Railways will levy haulage charges, nominal stabling charges and lease charges. (No lease charges for outright purchase).
Other Features :
- Priority in punctuality.
- Timely approvals for coach refurbishment and itineraries.
- No haulage for maintenance runs.
- Third party advertising allowed inside train, Branding of train permitted.
Indian Railways to introduce ‘Gurudwara Circuit Train’ for Sikh devotees
The Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav said (12.09.2021) that they are ready to launch an exclusive Gurudwara Circuit train for Sikhs and it will take passengers to all the famous pilgrimage sites in the country. As per news, the 11-day journey will commence and end in Amritsar. During this period, the proposed train will cover four prominent gurudwaras, namely Harminder Sahib in Amritsar, Patna Sahib in Patna (Bihar), Hazoor Nanded Sahib in Nanded, Maharashtra & Damdama Sahib in Bhatinda.
If a passenger books a seat in an AC compartment, he/she will have to pay between INR 900-1000. The train will have different halts including Ambala, Saharanpur, Lucknow, Manmad, Surat, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Bathinda and Amritsar. It will feature 16 coaches, and travellers will have a choice of sleeper class and air-conditioned class.
Also the train will run on a leasing model for a minimum of five years which can be extended. As per officials, the lease cost per year will be 7 percent of the depreciated value of the coach.
The train will also feature a pantry car and passengers will have to book the food in advance. Earlier, the railways introduced ‘Ramayana Circuit’ and ‘Buddha Circuit’ special trains for the benefit of Hindu and Buddhist devotees. Now they have launched ‘Sikh Circuit’ for Sikh devotees. In future, the railways is planning to begin the ‘Gandhi Circuit Special Train’ to make people aware of Gandhi’s philosophy.
Theme-Based ‘Bharat Gaurav Trains’ over Indian Railways
For further details, click here :- Bharat Gaurav Trains – Theme based Tourist Circuit Trains
✅What are circuit tourist trains by Indian Railway?
Circuit tourist trains by Indian Railway are trains that are designed to provide passengers with a sightseeing experience of India’s popular tourist destinations. These trains follow a predetermined route and itinerary that covers several popular tourist spots.
✅What are some popular circuit tourist trains by Indian Railway?
Some popular circuit tourist trains by Indian Railway include the Maharajas’ Express, Palace on Wheels, Deccan Odyssey, Golden Chariot, and Royal Rajasthan on Wheels.
✅What amenities do circuit tourist trains by Indian Railway typically offer?
Circuit tourist trains by Indian Railway offer luxury accommodations, fine dining, onboard entertainment, and guided tours of popular tourist attractions.
✅Can you get off the train during the tour?
Yes, passengers can get off the train during the tour at various destinations and explore the surrounding areas. However, passengers are advised to follow the tour itinerary and return to the train on time.
✅How long do circuit tourist train tours by Indian Railway typically last?
The duration of circuit tourist train tours by Indian Railway can vary depending on the train and the itinerary. Some tours may be just a few days, while others may last for a week or more.
✅Are circuit tourist trains by Indian Railway a good option for families with children?
Circuit tourist trains by Indian Railway can be a great option for families with children, especially those who enjoy train travel and sightseeing.
✅How can I book a circuit tourist train tour by Indian Railway?
Booking a circuit tourist train tour by Indian Railway can be done through the Indian Railway Tourism and Catering Corporation (IRCTC) website or through authorized travel agents. It’s recommended to book in advance to secure your preferred date and train, especially during peak travel seasons.