Some good news in the offing for tourists and devotees. The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will be starting a deluxe tourist train tour visiting five destinations in Maharashtra. The journey will commence from Safdarjung Station in New Delhi. This service will start on the 8th of January, 2021.
This exciting journey will cover five ever-popular tourist and spiritual destinations
Shirdi – The abode of Sai Baba, the highly revered fakir saint who suddenly appeared one day and stayed in Shirdi till His last day. He left behind a legacy of love, devotion to God, and brotherhood. Dwarkamai, Khandoba temple, and Chavadi are some of the places connected to Sai Baba.
Shani Shingnapur – The well-known town with houses that have no doors and locks. There has been no theft here ever. The town is protected by Shani Dev and His self appeared Murti is enshrined in an open temple here. This is a ‘Jagrut Devasthan’ where Shani Dev is always present.
Grishneshwar Jyotirling – One of the 12 Jyotirlingas of India, this ancient abode of Mahadev was first built in the 12th century CE. It was destroyed multiple times by invaders. The temple seen today was built by Devi Ahilyabai Holkar in the 18th century CE. Here Mahadev is the Lord of Compassion.
Ellora Caves – Kailash Temple – This is a vast group of cave temples and monasteries carved out of rock between the 7th to the 11th centuries CE. The highlight of this complex is the Kailash Temple carved out of a single rock. The complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Trimbakeshwar Jyotirling – The second Jyotirling to be visited on this trip, Trimbakeshwar is one of the most revered pilgrimages in India and the former site of the Kumbh Mela. The sacred Godavari originates from here. Trimbakeshwar has been a pilgrimage since the Vedi ages.
The four nights/five days itinerary
Days Day 1 Departure from Safdarjung Station Delhi 11:30 AM Day 2 Arrival Manmad station 08:00 AM Day 3 Early morning darshan of Sai Mandir Day 4 Departure for Trimbakeshwar by road 09:00 AM Day 5 Arrival Safdarjung station 06:00 PM
Departure for Shirdi (50km) - Check in Hotel in Shirdi
Departure for Shani Shingnapur 02:00 PM
Return to Shirdi 07:30 PM
Departure for Ellora and Grishneshwar 10:30 AM
Return to Shirdi - 08:00 PM
Return to Nashik Road station 08:00 PM / Reboard train
Departure from Safdarjung Station Delhi 11:30 AM
Arrival Manmad station 08:00 AM
Early morning darshan of Sai Mandir
Departure for Trimbakeshwar by road 09:00 AM
Arrival Safdarjung station 06:00 PM
The train will comprise First AC and 2 Tier AC coaches and will have a capacity of 156 tourists but as of now, bookings will be limited to 120 tourists. The train has features such as two dining restaurants, a modern kitchen, and shower cubicles. Washrooms will have sensor-based functions. All health precautions will be in place and a safety kit will be provided to all passengers.
The package cost starts from INR 24120/ for AC 2 Tier and INR 31120/ for AC first class. The package includes all meals, transfers in AC vehicles, and a two-night stay in deluxe category rooms. It also includes travel insurance and English-speaking guides. IRCTC Tour Managers will travel throughout the tour for necessary assistance.
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