New Delhi, Jul 11: Indian Railways will introduce a special tourist train in November this year. The train will take the passengers on a tour to places associated with Hindu epic Ramayana. The service will commence in New Delhi from Safdarjung Railway station on November 14 and take 16 days to complete its journey from Ayodhya to Rameshwaram.

Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted on Tuesday that the Shri Ramayana Express train will retrace the “epic journey of Lord Rama”.

Before making halts at Nandigram, Sitamarhi, Janakpur, Varanasi, Prayag, Shringaverpur, Chitrakoot, Hampi, Nasik and Rameshwaram, the train will stop in Ayodhya.

The railway ministry’s tour package is inclusive of a trip to Sri Lanka which will be charged separately. The Sri Lankan tour package includes places such as Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Colombo and Negombo. After reaching Rameshwaram, interested tourists will have to fly to Colombo from Chennai.

The trip is managed entirely by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). There are 800 seats available on the train. Bookings will open shortly on the IRCTC website. Booking can be done at IRCTC’s 27 tourist facilitation centres across the country. The estimated cost of tour is Rs 15,120 per person. The package includes all meals, accommodation and sight-seeing arrangements for the tourists.

Meanwhile, IRCTC is operating an AC Tourist Train on the Ramayana Circuit from Trivandrum. Starting from August 28 to September 9, the tour covers Panchavati, Chitrakoot, Shringverpur, Tulsi Manas Mandir, Darbhanga, Sita Marhi, Ayodhya and Rameshwaram. The cost of the inclusive tour package starts from Rs. 39,800.