Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) is offering a ‘Shri Ramayana Express’ special tourist train on the Ramayana circuit covering all prominent places associated with the life of Lord Ram. The special tour package will be covered by train in India and an optional flight from Chennai to Sri Lanka.
The 16 nights, 17 days tour package starts from 3rd November, 2019 and begins from Jaipur. The tour covers Ayodhya, Chitrakoot, Hampi, Janakpur, Madurai, Nandigram, Nasik, Prayag, Rameswaram, Sitamarhi and Varanasi. The price per adult passenger is Rs. 16,065/-. Tourists can board the train from Jaipur, Alwar, Rewari, Safdarjung railway station in Delhi, Ghaziabad, Moradabad, Bareilly and Lucknow. The train departs from Jaipur at 10 am on November 3, 2019 and meals will be provided on board. All reservations will be made for sleeper class.
Tourists booking the Ramayana Express special train can also opt for an added trip to Sri Lanka. The duration of the Sri Lanka trip is 3 nights and 4 days (at the destination). Interested tourists may opt this package by de-boarding Ramayana Express at Chennai on Day 15 (17 November 2019).
The flight details for the Sri Lanka tour are as follows:
|17 Nov 2019||Chennai at 16:05 hours||Colombo at 17:25 hours||UL 128|
|21 Nov 2019||Colombo at 00:35 hours||Delhi at 04:10 hours||UL 191|
The package cost for the Sri Lanka tour, per passenger:
|Single Occupancy||Double Occupancy||Triple Occupancy||Child with separate bed||Child without separate bed|
|Rs. 41,700/-||Rs. 37,800/-||Rs. 36,950/-||Rs. 29,800/-||Rs. 28,050/-|
According to the itinerary, the Ramayana Express special train arrives in Ayodhya on 4th November 2019. Tourists will be able to visit several temples in the city on the same day. A visit to Nandigram is scheduled for the following day. Accommodation for night stay will be provided in Ayodhya. On November 5, 2019, the train departs for Sitamarhi. In Sitamarhi, all pilgrims shall visit the Sita temple and then proceed to Janakpur in Nepal by bus to see the Sita temple and return to Sitamarhi. The tour moves to Varanasi the same evening.
On November 7, tourists will visit Tulsi Manas temple and Sankat Mochan temple in Varanasi and stay for the night. The next morning, pilgrims will visit to Vishwanath Temple and then proceed by road to Allahabad. En-route, all tourists will be able to visit Sita Samahit Sthal at Sitamarhi (on Varanasi–Prayag highway) and stay the night at Prayag. On the morning of November 9, tourists will visit Sangam and Hanuman Mandir followed by a tour of Bhardwaj Ashram. The tour then proceeds for Sringverpur by road (Prayag-Kanpur Highway) and accommodation for night stay will be provided in Chitrakoot from where the tour will move towards Nasik. On November 12, tourists shall visit the Trayambakeshwar Jyotirling and Panchvati in Nasik and depart for Hosapate in the evening. On November 14, tourists shall visit various temples in Hampi and depart for Rameshwaram. On November 16, a trip to Rameshwaram Temple and Dhanushkodi is scheduled followed by departure to Madurai. In Madurai, pilgrims will be able to see the famous Meenakshi Temple and then leave for Chennai.
On 17 November 2019 in Chennai, tourists travelling to Sri Lanka will de-board and halt for the journey by air. Other tourists will proceed for departure for return journey via train.
For passengers travelling by air, the check-in formalities at the Chennai airport will start from 1 pm to catch the Sri Lankan Airlines flight (flight no. UL 128) to Colombo. The flight departs from Chennai at 16.05 hours and lands in Colombo at 17.25 hours. The next morning, tourists will move to Nuwara Elliya and visit Kaleniya Vibhisana temple and palace, Hanuman temple at Ramboda and Gayatri Peedum. On 19th November, a visit to Sita Amma temple, Hakkagala garden (Ashok Vatika), Dhivirampola and Tooth relic temple in Kandy is scheduled. From Kandy, tourists will move towards Colombo on 20th November to see the Elephant orphanage at Pinnawala, Muneeshwaram and Manawari temple en-route. Late at night, the tour proceeds to the Colombo airport for return journey. On 21st November, all passengers will board flight no. UL 191 towards Delhi at 00.35 hours and arrive in Delhi at 04.10 hours.
The package includes train journey by sleeper class train, accommodation in non-AC dormitories/ hall (dharamshala accommodation), comfortable non-AC road transfers (using 55 seater buses), vegetarian food (breakfast, lunch and dinner), one glass of packaged drinking water will be provided to each passenger during lunch and dinner per day. Tour escort and security on train will be provided. At destination, road journeys will be provided to the point up to which bus journeys are permissible.
In Sri Lanka, the package includes three nights accommodation – one each at Colombo, Nuwara Eliya and Kandy, all meals fixed in the buffet menu, AC deluxe bus with push back comfortable seats, water bottles on a daily basis for each of the tourist during sightseeing. All entry tickets for sightseeing monuments will be paid for, and a regular Sri Lankan visa will be required.
The cancellation policy for train travellers is as followers:
|No. of days before commencement of trip||Total Deductions|
|Up to 15 days (excluding departure date)||Rs. 100/- per passenger|
|Up to 8-14 days (excluding departure date)||25% of the package cost|
|Up to 4-7 days (excluding departure date)||50% of the package cost|
|Less than 4 days||100% of the package cost|
The cancellation policy for passengers travelling by air to Sri Lanka are as follows:
|No. of days before commencement of trip||Total Deductions|
|30 days prior to departure date||20% of the package cost|
|30-21 days prior to departure date||30% of the package cost|
|20-15 days prior to the departure date||60% of the package cost|
|14-08 days prior to the departure date||90% of the package cost|
|Less than 07 prior to the departure date/ No Show||100% of the package cost|
For more details about the train journey, contact:
|North Zone||INDIAN RAILWAY CATERING AND TOURISM CORPORATION LTD.Rail Yatri Niwas Building, Ajmeri Gate Side, New Delhi - 110 002 Tel./Fax : 011-23221146, 23234763Mob: 9717648888, 9717641764, 9717640979, 9717649858|
|Lucknow Regional Office|| Paryatan Bhawan, 2nd Floor, |
C-13, Vipin Khand,
Gomti Nagar, Lucknow-226010 Contact No. 9794863619/29/31
|Jaipur Regional Office||707-708, 7th Floor, Crystal Mall,Sawai Jai Singh Highway,Banipark, Jaipur, Rajasthan,Landline - 0141-4020198Mob- Nitin Sharma - 91- 7728894720, Rakesh Kumar - 91- 9001094701,Yogendra Singh Gurjar - 9001094705 ,Email:- firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Chandigarh Regional Office|| INDIAN RAILWAY CATERING & TOURISM CORPORATION LTDRegional Office Chandigarh S.C.O NO.80-82, 3rd FLOOR SECTOR 34-A CHANDIGARH-160022 Landline: 01724645795, 9779240616, 9779240603|
For reservations by air for Sri Lanka, contact:
|Dr Achyut Singh||New Delhi||9717640636|
|Himanshu Bhatt||New Delhi||9717645650|
|Anand Saroj Pandey||Lucknow||9794863634|
|Anand Prakash Nigam||Lucknow||9794863629|
|Yogender Singh Gurjar||Jaipur||9001094705|