Around 190 theme-based trains called Bharat Gaurav trains to be launched

Published on : Wednesday, November 24, 2021

After freight and passenger segments, the Indian Railways is preparing a third segment dedicated toward tourism. A set of around 190 theme-based trains called Bharat Gaurav trains will soon be launched, said the Union Minister of Railways AshwiniVaishnaw. The themed trains are expected to boost the tourism sector, which has been harshly affected by the pandemic.

The Railways Minister said that these trains could be run both by the private sector along with the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). “These are not regular trains that will be run on timetables. We have identified 3,033 coaches or 190 trains for these theme-based trains. After passenger and goods segments, we will start the tourism segment to run Bharat Gaurav trains. These trains will showcase India’s culture and heritage. We have invited applications for them from today,”Vaishnawsaid.

He also said that the fare of these trains would be decided by tour operators, and the railways would make sure that there is no anomaly in the prices.

The minister also said that the service providers must offer all-inclusive packages for the tourists, including rail travel, hotel accommodation, sightseeing arrangement, visit to historical/heritage sites, tour guides and other services. The service providers are also free to design the coaches as per the theme, and will be permitted to promote their services both inside and outside the trains.

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