Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will run a 'Takht Parkarma Special' train on December 29.The train will run for nine nights and 10 days and will take devotees to Data Bandi Chhor Gurdwara, Gwalior; Nanded Sahib Gurdwara, Nanded; Nanak Jhira Sahib Gurdwara in Bidar; and Patna Sahib Gurdwara in Patna.
The train will have boarding and de-boarding points at Jammu, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Ambala Cantt and Delhi Safdarganj. It is likely to get a good response from Ludhiana as Sachkhand Express, the train that connects the city to Nanded Sahib, remains full all the time and devotees find it difficult to get a ticket.
Anandveer Singh, a local, said, "It is a perfect option to visit Nanded Sahib and major gurdwaras. The tour package is perfect for families and also seems economical, and as it would run during Christmas holidays, feasibility to avail the facilities becomes more."
Kailash Chander, tourism manager, IRCTC, Chandigarh, said, "The train will start its journey from Jammu on December 29 and will return on January 7. The tour package provides all the travel, stay and eating costs. It will include facilities like a travel insurance cover of Rs 2 lakh, doctor on call, security and other things."
He said, "The train can accommodate 749 people and will offer travel in standard (sleeper class), comfort (3AC) and Delux (2AC) classes with a cost of Rs 9,100, Rs 19,700 and Rs 26,500 per person, respectively, including all costs. Around 30 people have already booked their seats and we hope to get it full to capacity."
The reservation for the train will be online only, through the website of IRCTC.