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10-day religious trip on tracks

- Shirdi, Dwarka, Somnath & Ujjain part of IRCTC itinerary across states

IRCTC-Patna is offering a 10-day “religious tour package” for visits to Shirdi, Dwarka, Somnath and Ujjain starting November 7.

The special train will start journey from Rajendra Nagar Terminus and will reach Manmad in Maharashtra on November 9 for Sai Darshan at Shirdi. After darshan there would be an overnight stay.

S.A. Karim, the regional manager of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC)-Patna, said: “It is a single window system where people can book tickets without worrying about food and accommodation. The IRCTC will provide the best possible service.”ť

According to the budget and demand of the passengers, the tour has been divided into two categories — standard and comfort.

Under the standard category, a person has to pay Rs 13,950, which would include food and lodging. The same would go up to Rs 18,950 under the comfort category.

“The difference between the standard and comfort categories is the class of train travel. The standard category would provide sleeper class whereas the comfort class would be three-tier AC. Rest, all the services would be the same. People travelling in both categories will have the same facilities and services. Under the comfort slot, 120 seats are available, while under the standard category, 780 seats are open for booking on first-come-first-served basis,” said Karim.

People can book tickets by visiting the Patna regional office of IRCTC on the 4th floor of Biscomaun Bhavan or from Calcutta zonal office, 3 Koilaghat Street, ground floor. People can also book tickets by visiting the IRCTC website.

After Shirdi, the next trip would be to Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga in Nashik.

On November 12, the train would reach Okha from where passengers would get a chance to visit Dwarka temple and in the evening they would proceed to Somnath.

The next day, the train would arrive at Somnath. The passengers would reach Ujjain on November 15, where they can visit Mahakaleshwar.

“On November 15 evening, the passengers would take the train to Patna’s Rajendra Nagar Terminus. Throughout the journey, non-AC accommodation would be provided and being a religious tour, the food would be vegetarian but unlimited,” said Karim.