New Delhi: The railways is set to flag off the Shri Ramayana Express, a special tourist train, on Wednesday. The train will take passengers on a pilgrimage circuit to four important destinations associated with the Hindu epic Ramayana. The 16-day tour package covers India and Sri Lanka.Also Read - Rail Kaushal Vikas Yojana: 50,000 Candidates to be Selected For Railway Jobs Training, Apply Now

Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted on Tuesday that the special train will retrace the “epic journey of Lord Rama”. The special train named as Shri Ramayana Yatra will first stop in Ayodhya after leaving Delhi, then halts at Hanuman Garhi Ramkot and Kanak Bhawan temple. The package includes important destinations such as Nandigram, Sitamarhi, Janakpur, Varanasi, Prayag, Shringverpur, Chitrakoot, Nasik, Hampi and Rameshwaram. Also Read - IRCTC Latest News: Railways Plans to Discontinue Services of Link Express, Slip Coaches on These Trains

The trip is managed entirely by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). The train has an overall capacity for 800 passengers. The price of the ticket is Rs. 15,120 per person. Bookings can be made on the official website of the Indian Railways – Also Read - IRCTC Latest News: Indian Railways Announces 3 More Special Trains From Sept 20 | Full List Here

The tour package is inclusive of meals, accommodation and other facilities in dharmashalas, and transfers, sight-seeing arrangements and tour manager, stated IRCTC.

The trip to Sri Lanka will be charged separately. The Sri Lankan tour package includes places such as Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Colombo and Negombo. After reaching Rameshwaram, interested tourists can take a flight to Colombo from Chennai. The cost of the 5-night/6-day Sri Lanka tour package is Rs 36,970 per person.

Meanwhile, IRCTC has recently operated 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.

(With Agency inputs)