Ayodhya To Colombo: IRCTC To Start ‘Ramayana Express.’

The Indian Railways is planning to launch a tourist train service covering locations linked with the epic Ramayana in a 16-day journey, the Hindustan Times reported. Passengers may also choose to take their journey to Colombo in Sri Lanka, where Ram’s army is said to have fought Ravana in the Indian epic. The train will be called Sri Ramayana Express, an unidentified official of the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation said.

The train will be called Sri Ramayana Express and it will start operations from November 14. The 16 day trip which will start from Safdarjung station of Delhi, will make its first stop in Ayodhya, Hanuman Garhi, Ramkot and the Kanak Bhawan Temple. The train will then move along the circuit, making stops at Nandigram, Sitamarhi, Janakpur, Varanasi, Prayag, Shringverpur, Chitrakoot, Nasik, Hampi and Rameshwaram or at the nearest railway stations.

The train has a seating capacity of 800 passengers and the journey, within India would cost Rs 15,120 per person.

Those passengers opting to visit the Sri Lanka leg of the tour can travel to Colombo from Chennai by flight, which will be charged separately.

This is in addition to the already available tour package IRCTC is offering, which include a 5-night/6-days tour package to Sri Lanka covering destinations like Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Colombo, Negombo starting from Rs 47,600 per person.

Named, “Shri Ramayana Yatra-Sri Lanka” tour the package lets tourists witness the significant places associated with Ramayana, in the island nation.