The Ministry of Railways is promoting the cultural and religious heritage of India through its fleet of Bharat Gaurav Tourist Trains which are being operated by the Railways on various famous theme-based circuits to showcase the cultural heritage of the nation.
With reverence for the believers of Sikhism, the Indian Railways is launching the Guru Kirpa Yatra with its exclusive Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train in the month of April – also celebrated as the month of Baisakhi in entire North India.
After detailed consultations with stakeholders at various levels, the Indian Railways has specially conceived this tour to holy Sikh shrines located in different parts of the country.
The Indian Railways has come up with the 11 Days/10 Nights all-inclusive tour, which will start from Lucknow on 5 April and end on 15 April. During this holy tour, the pilgrims will visit the most prominent revered sites of Sikhism which include the five Holy Takhts.
The tour will include visits to Sri Kesgarh Sahib Gurudwara & Virasat-e-khalsa at Anandpur Sahib, Gurudwara Sri Patalpuri Sahib at Kiratpur Sahib, Gurudwara Sri Fatehgarh Sahib at Sirhind, Sri Akal Takht Sahib and Sri Harmandir Sahib at Amritsar, Sri Damdama Sahib at Bathinda, Takht Sachkhand Sri Hazur Sahib at Nanded, Gurudwara Sri Guru Nanak Jhira Sahib at Bidar and Gurudwara Sri Harmandarji Sahib at Patna.
The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will operate this train with a composition of 9 Sleeper Class Coaches, 1 AC-3 Tier and 1 AC- 2Tier coach. The IRCTC is offering the tour package across three categories namely: Standard, Superior, and Comfort with a total capacity of 678 passengers (with the majority in the budget segment standard category).
This all-inclusive tour package will essentially include a comfortable rail journey in ergonomically designed exclusive coaches, complete on-board & off-board meals, accommodation in quality hotels, complete road transfers along with sightseeing. The services of tour escorts, travel insurance, on-board security and housekeeping will also be available.
The option to take part in ‘Langars’ will also be available at important Gurudwaras as well as during the journey. The IRCTC has priced the tour attractively for the tourists for maximising the occupancy of the train.