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Saturday, July 2, 2022

Bharat Gaurav Tourist Trains - Desh Apna Dekho


Bharat Gaurav Tourist Trains

  • An initiative under “Dekho Apna Desh” to promote domestic tourism

  • Policy from 01.04.2022

  • Theme-based tourist circuit Trains

  • To showcase India’s rich cultural heritage and magnificent historical places to the People of India and the World.  

  • At present, IRCTC is already running several tourist circuit trains on Railways.

  • Now, Railways Invited professional private tour operators to run the above trains 

  • Themes like Ramayana - covering places connected with Lord Shri Ram, Guru Kripa - Cover important places of Sikh culture, etc.  

  •  The first phase - Allocated 180 Trains with 3033 coaches like Vande Bharat, Vista Dome, and LHB Coaches. 

Salient features: 

  • Private Tourist service provider - free to decide the theme

  • Offer all-inclusive package including travel, accommodation, sightseeing arrangement, tour guides, etc. 

  • Full flexibility to decide package cost based on the services provided by them. 

  • Choice of Coaches like AC and Non AC and Accommodation like  Luxury, Budget, etc. 

  • Free to design/furnish interior and exterior of Coaches. 

  • Branding and advertisement are permitted both inside and outside of the Train. 

  • Train composition - 14 to 20 Coaches 

Process of selecting Tour operators:

  • Online registration 

  • Registration fees - Rs. One Lakh. 

  • Security Deposit - Rs 1 (one) Crore per rake.

  • Individual, Partnership Firm, Company, Society, trust, JV/Consortium (Unincorporated/Incorporated) are eligible.

  • Right to Use charges and Haulage charges are notified in the policy for Service Provider to work out his business model.

  • Right to Use Period: 2-10 years.

First / Maiden Bharat Gaurav Train 

  • Between Coimbatore to Sai Nagar Shirdi round trip with tourist places of Mantralayam  on 14.06.2022

  • 5 days trip

  • Southern Railway gets an annual fixed revenue of Rs. 3.34 Crores.

  • Registered Service provider - South Star Rail, Coimbatore-based part of the conglomerate group - Future Gaming & Hotel Services Pvt Ltd. 

  • Security Deposit - Rs. 1 Crore per 20 coaches rake, Annual right to use charges - Rs. 27.79 Lakhs and Quarterly Fixed haulage charges - Rs. 76.77 lakhs  

  • Variable haulage charge of Rs.38.22 Lakhs (excl: GST) for 5 days trip 

  • 1100 tourists traveled

  • Composition : First AC Coach -1, 2-tier AC coaches – 3, 3-tier AC coaches-8, Sleeper Class coaches-5 , Pantry car-1 and Luggage-cum-brake Vans-2. (Total – 20 coaches)

  •  All coaches - refurbished the interiors

  • Public Address system - provided for all coaches - for regular communication, playing devotional songs and mantras 

  • Doctor on board to attend any emergency

  • Private security in Train

  • On board AC Mechanic and electrician 

  • Maintained by branded housekeeping service providers 

  • Catering facility - traditional vegetarian menus

  • Radio jockey to entertain the passengers during the journey.  

Shri Ramayana Yatra

  •  18 days trip - started from New Delhi on 21st June 2022 

  • Operated by IRCTC as Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train

  • Cover approximately 8,000 KMs

  • IRCTC is the first Indian agency to connect India and Nepal through a tourist train. 

  •  Covers Janakpur (Nepal), Ayodhya, Janakpur, Buxar, Kashi, Sitamarhi, Chitrakoot, Prayagraj, Hampi, Nasik, Kanchipuram, Rameshwaram, and Bhadrachalam. 

  • The capacity of 600 tourists. 

  • AC 3 Tier Coaches

  • Single occupance - Rs. 71,820, Double occupancy - Rs. 62,370, Child with bed (5-11 years group) - Rs. 56,700 (Ticket is uniform irrespective of boarding point) 

  • All-inclusive package of Travel, Food, Accommodation, Guide, etc

  • Boarding points: Aligarh, Kanpur, Tundla & Lucknow 

 Key Takeaways for MCQ

  1. Branded as Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train

  2. Initiative under “Dekho Apna Desh”

  3. Policy w.e.f:  01.04.2022

  4. First / Maiden Bharat Gaurav Train - Coimbatore to Sai Nagar Shirdi

  5. First Registered Service provider under Bharat Gaurav Scheme - South India Star, Coimbatore-based firm

  6. Right to use period - 2 to 10 years

  7. Online Registration fees - Rs.1 Lakh

  8. Security Deposit for each Rake - Rs. 1 Crore

  9. Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train between India and Nepal  - Operated by IRCTC