This fully air-conditioned train provides two types of accommodation- First AC and Second AC.
The 'Divine Maharashtra' train, a facility of the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), is all set to run on its tracks from January 8. This tourist train will cover the prominent religious and heritage tourist destinations in central India. In a statement, IRCTC spokesperson Siddharth Singh mentioned, "IRCTC, a Railway Ministry PSU, will start the state-of-art AC Deluxe Tourist Train "Divine Maharashtra" tour from Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station on January 8." He added that the five-day journey of Divine Maharashtra will conclude on January 12.
Divine Maharashtra designed in line with "Dekho Apna Desh" scheme
As per Singh's statements, the Divine Maharashtra tour will showcase two important Jyotirlingas, i.e. Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple in Maharashtra's Nasik and Ghrishneshwar in Aurangabad, Shirdi Sai and Shani temples and also the UNESCO World heritage site, Ellora caves, throughout the course of the tour. He further said that the train has been designed in line with the Government's initiative "Dekho Apna Desh" to promote domestic tourism.
Divine Maharashtra comes with a host of features, including two fine-dining restaurants, a modern kitchen, shower cubicles in coaches, sensor-based washroom functions and a foot massager, amidst others. The fully air-conditioned train provides two types of accommodation- First AC and Second AC and it is also equipped with enhanced security features in the form of CCTV cameras. IRCTC will also deploy private security guards on the train, once it sets off.
Seat bookings restricted to around 120 tourists
The tour package cost starts at ₹24,120 per person, for domestic tourists and all necessary health precautions will be undertaken during the tour. Singh also stated that the package cost is inclusive of train fare, all onboard and off-board meals, hotel stay/ arrangements at Shirdi (two nights), guided excursions with English-speaking tour escorts in air-conditioned buses, monument entry fee and travel insurance for the passengers. Moreover, government or PSU employees can avail LTC facility on this tour as per their eligibility based on the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Finance.
"Besides this, IRCTC will also provide a safety kit to all tourists having a face mask, hand gloves, sanitizer and also a face shield. Regular temperature check of all tourists and staff, frequent train sanitization at halt stations etc and other precautions will be ensured," the IRCTC official said. Singh even assured that the staff will be screened thoroughly and the kitchen and restaurants will be sanitized after every meal. However, keeping in sight the ongoing pandemic, the bookings of this deluxe tourist train have been restricted to around 120 tourists per trip against the total capacity of 156 tourists.