In a bid to promote tourism in the country and also to emphasize our ‘Unity in Diversity’, the Indian Railways will be launching 16 different circuits of ‘Bharat Tirth’ touching all the important destinations across the country from next month. The objective of Indian Railways in running ‘Bharat Tirth’ Trains is to provide a comfortable, affordable and memorable experience to the customers of different segments.
In her speech, while presenting the Railway Budget 2010-11, the Minister of Railways, Mamata Banerjee has stated that Railways would launch special tourist trains called ‘Bharat Tirth’ connecting popular tourist sites in different parts of the country – from the Himalayas to Kanyakumari, from Dwarka to Vindhya Parbat, from Ajmer Sharief to Gangasagar and from Madurai to Patna Sahib.
The itineraries are so designed that the Bharat Tirth trains would be taken to the rail heads nearest to the tourist destination from where tourists would visit the places of tourist importance. The road journey for sightseeing is organized in comfortable buses and tour escorts accompany them in trains as well as buses.