Providing an opportunity for devotees to cover all the Panj Sikh Takths at one stretch, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) has lunched Panj Takht special train from March 21 to 31.
The special train can be boarded from Jammu, Khatua, Bharoli, Gurdaspur, Batala, Amrtisar, Beas, Kartarpur, Jallandhar, Phagwada Ludhiana, Dhuri, Bhatinda and Delhi, said IRCTC's chief regional manager RK Sondh here at the regional office in Sector 34, Chandigarh.
He added that the train would reach Hazoor Sahib on March 23 followed by day-long halt at Bidar on March 25, night halt at Patna Saheb on March 27 and another night halt at Bhatinda on March 29 before reaching Amritsar via Anandpur Sahib on March 31.
Sondh also said, on return journey, the train would leave for Jammu via Batala, Gurdaspur, Bhaoli, and Khatua. But those who would board the train from Beas, Kartarpur, Jallandhar, Phagwada Ludhiana, Dhuri, Bhatinda and Delhi, would be given separate tickets of different trains from Amritsar.
According to him, the journey would be in sleeper-class coaches and the passengers would be given both on-board and off-board catering services, including morning tea, breakfast, lunch, evening tea and dinner. Arrangements shall also be made for accommodation of all the passengers at respective Takht Sahibs.
Transportation, security and housekeeping aspects will also be taken care off. "The package cost for the trip is Rs 9,072 per person inclusive of all taxes, which is very economical looking at the services,"he said.
He said, "Booking could be done through our online booking portal www.railtourismindia.com <http://www.railtourismindia.com/>. Counter booking options were also available at Jammu Tawi, Gurdaspur, Amritsar and Ludhiana railway stations and also through our regional office in Sector 34, Chandigarh."
Similar special train would run from Chandigarh on April 18, he informed.