The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation(IRCTC) will operate the Baba Saheb Ambedkar Yatra tour package under the ‘Dekho Apna Desh’ initiative, covering some of the prominent sites associated with the life of the architect of the Indian Constitution.
The first journey of the Baba Saheb Ambedkar Yatra will be from New Delhi in April.
Under the ‘Dekho Apna Desh’ initiative, the Ministry of Railways, along with the IRCTC, is operating Bharat Gaurav Tourist Trains on various theme-based circuits across India.
The proposed seven nights and eight days Bharat Gaurav Tourist train tour starts from Delhi and the first halt is Dr Ambedkar Nagar (Mhow) in Madhya Pradesh, the birthplace of Baba Saheb (Bhim Janam Bhoomi). Then the train moves to Nagpur railway station where tourists proceed to visit Deekshabhoomi, a consecrated monument of Navayana Buddhism. The train departs from Nagpur for Sanchi.
The sightseeing of Sanchi includes visits to the eponymous stupa and other Buddhist sites. Sanchi is followed by Varanasi as the next destination along with a visit to Sarnath and Kashi Vishwanath Temple.
Gaya is the next and final destination where the tourists will be taken to the holy site of Bodhgaya to visit the famous Mahabodhi Temple and other monasteries. Rajgir and Nalanda, the other important Buddhist sites, would also be covered by roads. The tour will finally terminate in New Delhi. Tourists will have the option to board/deboard the train at Delhi, Mathura and Agra Cantonment stations.
Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train launch is in line with the Government of India’s initiative ‘Dekho Apna Desh’ to promote special interest circuits in domestic tourism.