Mini-ratna PSU Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) will launch two semi-luxury train services in December which will showcase India’s deserts and heritage. The premium train services, Desert Circuit and Heritage Circuit, will start from New Delhi on a five-day odyssey.
Both semi-luxury trains will depart from New Delhi with an array of deluxe facilities across its five days of round trip dotted with sightseeing facilities. ‘Desert Circuit’ will cover Rajasthan’s famed cities of Jaisalmer and Jaipur, while ‘Heritage Circuit’ will take the passengers to Varanasi, Khajuraho and Agra.
Operated by IRCTC, the mini ratna PSU of the Railways, the two trains will run eight trips individually till summer sets by next April.
Desert Circuit will traverse Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer and Jaipur while Heritage Circuit will touch Varanasi, Khajuraho and Agra. Desert Circuit will start in mid-December and end on April 21, 2016 while Heritage Circuit begins on December 20 with its last trip starting on April 24, 2016. Both train services will run eight trips until summer begins in north India.
As for Heritage Circuit, the rates will be Rs. 35,900, Rs. 32,900, Rs. 31,900 (first AC single, double and triple occupancy respectively), Rs. 26,200, Rs. 23,200, Rs. 22,700 (second AC) and Rs. 21,790, Rs. 18,790, Rs. 18, 290 (third AC).
The package, which includes intercity transfers, also features accommodation in 3-star hotels, all meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner), sightseeing and local transfers by AC deluxe vehicles, entrances at the monuments, service of English and Hindi-speaking guide, travel insurance, 24×7 security and CCTV surveillance onboard the train besides hygienic kitchen-car facility, medical facility, transportation by AC vehicles and wi-fi service.
The Jaisalmer stop of the Desert Circuit will cover the city Fort, sand dunes, Gadisagar lake and Palwaon Ki Haveli. At Jaipur, the sights shown will be City Palace, Jantar Mantar observatory, Chokhi Dhani, Amer Fort and Hawa Mahal.
The Heritage Circuit will stop at Varanasai, take the passengers to Sarnath, besides a boat ride on the Ganges and experiencing the dusk-time Aarti ceremony. The Khajuraho stay features visits to Eastern and Western group of Temples.