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India has many reasons to fetch Indian Americans this summer. “Cozy Pilgrimage” in AC tourist trains is one of the reasons. We coined the phrase “Cozy Pilgrimage” because journey by an AC train through the diverse geography of India is an exclusive experience. Pilgrimage by a new AC tourist train to a few popular Hindu and Buddhist religious destinations in India and Nepal is worth flights from America.
The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has proposed to run a pilgrimage special AC tourist train from May 11 this year. IRCTC has taken the move to lure both tourists and pilgrims equally. The train will journey from Chennai to Nepal through Ayodha, Allahabad, Varanasi, Pokhara, Kathmandu, Manakamana, Lumbini and Kushinagar. The tour is a round trip spanning from May 11 to May 23.
Pilgrims from Andhra Pradesh can board the train at Vijayawada and Warangal. The tour is a complete package including AC hotel accommodation for vegetarian food, night stay at different places, and AC buses for transfer and sightseeing. The travelers will be served exclusive vegetarian dishes both on board and off board. The AC train pilgrimage tour is available as a package in three different categories – “Luxury”, “Deluxe”, and “Comfort”.
The tour is a good opportunity for pilgrim cum tourists to take a holy bath at Triveni Sangam in Allahabad. They can visit the Vishwanath Temple and the Visalakshi Temple in Varanasi. A visit to the Pashupatinath Temple, the Swayambhunath Temple and the Budha Nilkantha Temple in Kathmandu is a great advantage of the itinerary. Moreover, the itinerary includes two precious destinations – Lumbini where Lord Buddha was born, and Kushinagar where he left his mortal body.
The train consists of four 1AC coaches, three 2AC coaches and one 3AC coach. Tours by this AC train can be booked online at Railtourismindia.com.
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