June 14: The delights of spotting a tiger are set to increase manifold, with the introduction of the semi-luxury train Tiger Express by Indian Railways. The train promises a captivating journey through two of India’s best national parks. Inaugurated on June 5, by Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu, the train will take the passengers through Kanha and Bandhavgarh national parks in Madhya Pradesh, making an additional stop at Dhuadar Waterfalls, in Bedhaghat near Jabalpur. Also Read - Indian Railways Latest News: First of Its Kind 'Bags on Wheels' Service to Begin Soon | All You Need to Know
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Tiger Express has been flagged off with the aim of making tiger spotting an easier and more comfortable experience and attracting more wildlife enthusiasts to the parks. It provides a five-night/six-day tour which includes a visit to the aforementioned national parks and the waterfalls. The journey will begin at 3 pm from Safdarjung Railway Station and the train will reach Katni Railway Station at 5.40 am the next day. The train takes a unique concept and combines it with some state-of-the-art services and facilities. ALSO READ: Delhi-Agra Gatimaan Express: Here are the delectable dishes that will be served on-board India’s fastest train! Also Read - Hike in Rail Fare During Festival Season? Indian Railways Calls Reports 'Misleading', Issues Clarification
It offers two classes for booking- AC First Class and AC Two-tier Sleeper Class. While the First Class has cabins with lockable doors and two or four beds, the Sleeper Class has four beds in an open compartment. The train also has shower cubicles and a separate dining car. But these services will dig a considerable hole in the passenger’s pocket- Tickets start from INR 49,500 for AC first class on single occupancy basis while double occupancy will cost INR 45,500. Triple occupancy is at INR 44,900 while INR 39,500 is for a child and an extra bed. AC 2 tier rates start from INR 33,500 to INR 43,500.
However, these rates are only for Indian nationals. Foreign travellers will have to shell out an extra Rs. 4,000. The trip package includes all three meals and the price will be inclusive of not just the services on the train but also hotel stays and AC transport during the stay. The trip will begin at Katni, after which passengers will leave for Bandhavgarh to check into the hotel. This will be followed by an afternoon safari after which passengers will head back for dinner at the hotel and over night stay. Next morning, passengers will proceed to stay at Kanha, and head for an afternoon safari, followed by another safari next morning.
Next day, the passengers will leave for Jabalpur, for a visit to the Dhaudar waterfalls. The journey will end with a session of high tea, after which passengers will head for the station. The train will reach Delhi at 3.50 pm, the next day. All the expenses during the round trip are included in the price, which makes this a pretty fair deal. The train will begin its services from October 2016 and bookings can be made on IRCTC Tourism website where you can avail of a flat 15 per cent discount currently.