The Indian Railway Catering and Ticketing Corporation (IRCTC) will launch its maiden Bharat Gaurav Tourist train, with a stop in Nepal’s Janakpur. This train will go around the Ramayana Circuit, which has been identified under the Swadesh Darshan scheme and includes major locations related with Lord Shri Rama’s life, such as the Ram Janaki temple in Janakpur, Nepal. The projected 18-day Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train Tour begins in Ayodhya, Lord Rama’s birthplace, with visits to Shri Ram Janmabhumi temple and Hanuman temple, as well as Bharat Mandir in Nandigram, dedicated to Lord Ram’s younger brother Bharat.
- After Ayodhya, the tourists will travel to Buxar, Bihar, where they will see Maharishi Vishwamitra’s hermitage and the Ramrekha Ghat, where they can take a holy plunge in the Ganga.
- The train then travels to Sitamarhi to see Sita’s birthplace before continuing on to Janakpur by road (Nepal).
- Tourists will spend the night in Janakpur hotels and visit the famed Ram-Janaki Temple.
- After Sitamarhi, the train travels to Varanasi, the world’s oldest living city.
- Tourists visiting Kashi will go about the temples of Varanasi, ‘Sita Samahit Sthal,’ Prayag, Shringverpur, and Chitrakoot. At Varanasi, Prayag, and Chitrakoot, hotel accommodations will be given.
- The train has a well-equipped pantry section where travellers can get freshly prepared vegetarian meals.
- On board, there will be an entertainment system, a CCTV camera, and security guard services.
- The train journey continues to Nasik, where passengers will spend the night in accommodations. Trayambakeshwar and Panchvati temples will be visited.
- After Nasik, the next stop is Hampi, the ancient city of Krishkindha, where you will spend the night.
- Guests will visit the temple on the Anjaneyadri Hills said to be the birthplace of Shri Hanuman, as well as other heritage and religious sites.
- The next stop on this rail excursion is Rameshwaram, where the Ramanathaswamy temple and Dhanushkodi will be seen, as well as an overnight stay at a hotel.
- The train’s next stop is Kanchipuram, where visitors can see the Shiv Kanchi, Vishnu Kanchi, and Kamakhshi temples.
- The train’s final stop on this journey is Bhadrachalam in Telengana state, often known as the Ayodhya of the South.
The train will then return to Delhi on the 18th day of its voyage, having covered nearly 8000 kilometres throughout the full Ramayana tour.