Your next visit to Taj Mahal, the icon of love in Taj Mahal can now be an unforgettable experience. Here is an option to make a high-speed luxury trip. Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a subsidiary of the Indian Railways, has come up with an extravagance.
Creating a new history in the pages of Indian Railways, Gatimaan Express is the projected fastest luxury train between Delhi and Agra. The inaugural run of the train, from Hazrat Nizamuddin to Agra Cantt will be flagged off by Union railways minister Suresh Prabhu on April 5.
According to reports, the train with 12 AC coaches will complete the journey in 100 minutes as against the Shatabdi Express which takes 117 minutes. The travelers of the train are offered two luxurious tour packages. These packages offer an overnight stay at five-star accommodation, multi-cuisine meals, visit to the UNESCO world-heritage monument besides the travel to and from Agra.
According to IRCTC officials, the luxury train package will offer people a cheaper alternative to traveling on the ‘Palace on Wheels’ category of trains, which are synonymous with luxury and comfort.
The booking for the tour packages started from April 1 and will continue till May 31. There are two options available, single-day tour and an overnight stay. The cost of the packages ranges from 2,100 to 17,000 INR per head Costs vary according to the travelers’ nationality and the kind of accommodation he/she opts for.
A K Manocha, chairman and managing director, IRCTC says “It will be an entirely different experience.” The packages at present are providing accommodation at a five-star hotel, JP Palace. The package includes your stay, meals, site-seeing and the commuting. Passengers will also get a wide selection of food, including Indian and Italian.
Priority is given to cleanliness and the best quality of food. Plans are made to introduce television and other entertainment facilities on board on the basis of feedback received from passengers. A multi-lingual audio guide is also being planned for the benefit of tourists.
A senior railway official said that the Gatimaan Express are fitted with automatic doors. It will also offer free Wi-Fi to travelers. The train’s fare will be a little more than that of Shatabadi Express. It will run six days a week except for Friday, the day when the Taj Mahal is closed for visitors.