With the increasing attraction towards famous tourist spots of Rajasthan, a royal train on the lines of Palace on Wheels has been started by IRCTC that is specially designed to cater to he middle-class.
The special train-named Desert Circuit that starts from Delhi and goes up o Jaisalmer and Jaipur-of ers a package of four nights and five days. The train made ts maiden trip on December 13, reaching Jaisalmer the next day and left for Jaipur on December 15 evening.
The train has 10 coaches with four first AC, three 2nd AC and three 3rd AC coaches.A total of 275 tourists can ravel in the train.
The semi-luxury train, had 70 tourists in its first trip with most of them being domestic tourists.
The tourists enjoyed pleasant weather at their first halt at Jaisalmer, for two days. On the first day, the tourists visited Sam sand dunes and enjoyed camel safari and sunset. Tourism department made enough arrangements to entertain tourists. Folk artists performed for the tourists as well.
The tourists also visited Sonar Fort, Patwa Haveli, Gadisar Lake among other tourist spots in Jaisalmer.
Tourism department manager Yogendra Gurjar at Jaipur, said, IRCTC, started this semi-luxury train due to the demand of tourists. The train will run every fortnight. He said the objective of arting this train is to pro starting this train is to promote tourism and to make a train like this affordable for the middle-class, for whom Palace on Wheels seems beyond their pocket.
The fare for first AC coaches has been kept at Rs 36,900 per person, while for two passengers the fare will be charged 33,900 per person, which will become Rs 32,900 per person in case of three travelling together.For children aged between 511, the cost per child would be Rs 25,000. Similarly, for 2nd AC, the fare has been kept at Rs 28,025 per passenger, while for two the fare would be Rs 25,025 per person, and in case of three Rs 24,525 per passenger.For children (5-11) cost will be Rs 19,500.
For 3rd AC, the fare will be Rs 24,125 per passenger, for two Rs 21,125 per passenger and for three Rs 20,625 per passenger.
For children (5-11) the cost will be Rs 17,000. For special facilities, the passenger has to pay an additional surcharge. The fare includes train fare, boarding, lodging and entrance fee.
Gurjar said the coming trips of this train will now fall in 2016, on January 3, January 24, February 7, February 28, March 20, April 3 and April 17.
Source: Times of India 21 Dec’2015