A special train has been launched for Char Dham Yatra by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) on Saturday. Char Dham Yatra is a pilgrimage to four Hindu shrines of Badrinath, Jagannath Puri, Rameshwaram, and Dwarkadhish.
According to a report by Mint, it is a 16-day tour and pilgrims will travel around 8,500 km on this tour. It starts from Delhi’s Safdarjung Railway Station and will cover the visit to Haridwar, including Ganga ghat, temples and Ganga aarti. The train is air-conditioned and provides two types of accommodation—1st AC and 2nd AC. It has also other features like two fine dining restaurants, a modern kitchen, shower cubicles in coaches, sensor-based washroom functions, foot massager.
Pilgrims will visit a total of six districts and will offer their prayers to more than eight temples during their Char Dham Yatra. It includes the following places: In Rishikesh, they will visit Lakshman Jhulla and Triveni ghat whereas in Ayodhaya they will visit Ramjanam Bhoomi, Hanuman Garhi, Saryu Aarti and Nandigram.
While in Varanasi, there will be visits to Ganga Ghat aarti and the Kashi Vishwanath Temple and according to the visit in Puri, pilgrims will see the Jagannath temple, Golden Beach of Puri, Konark Sun Temple and Chandrabhaga Beach. The Rameshwaram visit will include Ramnathswami temple and Dhanushkodi, while in Dwarka, pilgrims will visit Dwarkadhish Temple, Nageshwar Jyotirlinga, Shivrajpur beach and Bet Dwarka.
However, the cost of this tour is Rs 78,585 per person. This package will cover train journey in AC class, accommodation in deluxe hotels, all meals, all transfer and sightseeing in AC vehicles except hilly areas, travel insurance and services of IRCTC Tour Managers.