IRCTC to launch semi-luxury trains for desert and heritage trips

IRCTC to launch semi-luxury trains for desert and heritage trips

Submitted by Subeditor on Fri, 2015-11-20 13:29 New Delhi, Nov 20: Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) will start two premier train services for travelers to enjoy the charm of the country's sprawling deserts and heritage. Both semi-luxury trains will depart from New Delhi with an array of deluxe facilities across its five days of round trip dotted with sightseeing facilities. “Desert Circuit” will cover Rajasthan's famed cities of Jaisalmer and Jaipur, while “Heritage Circuit” will take the passengers to Varanasi, Khajuraho and Agra. Operated by IRCTC, the mini ratna PSU of the Railways, the two trains will run eight trips individually till summer sets by next April. Desert Circuit will begin service from mid-December 2015 and wind up on April 21, while Heritage Circuit will commence from December 20. Its last trip will start on April 24. With the start of the tourist season, we expect good occupancy, said IRCTC Chairman and Managing Director Dr A K Manocha. He further added that the tariff for the journey is competitive as well as all-inclusive. The package prices of Desert Circuit starts from Rs. 36,900, Rs. 33,900, Rs. 32,900 (first AC single, double and triple occupancy respectively), Rs. 28,025, Rs. 25025, Rs. 24,525 (second AC) and Rs. 24,125, Rs. 21,125, Rs. 20,625 (third AC). As for Heritage Circuit, the rates will be Rs. 35,900, Rs. 32,900, Rs. 31,900 (first AC single, double and triple occupancy respectively), Rs. 26,200, Rs. 23,200, Rs. 22,700 (second AC) and Rs. 21,790, Rs. 18,790, Rs. 18, 290 (third AC). The package, which includes intercity transfers, also features accommodation in 3-star hotels, all meals (breakfast, lunch