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IRCTC to launch special 7-day tour to Kathmandu

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is mulling to run a special train from Indore to Nepal to facilitate the people from the state to visit famous Pashupatinath temple. The train will start from Indore and halt at Raxaul in Bihar from where the passengers would be taken by road to Kathmandu by private operators.

Achyut Singh, regional manager IRCTC talking to TOI said, "The special train to Nepal would be flagged off from Indore tentatively around Independence Day. From Raxaul, which is about 100 kms from Kathmandu, private bus operators would take care of the passengers till Kathmandu."

"There is a huge interest in the Pashupatinath Temple among the tourists from the state. Passengers while booking for our Jyotirlinga package which focuses on religious tourism came back with suggestions that they would also like to visit the Pashupatinath shrine. This prompted us to plan the package," says Singh.

The train, which would be flagged off from Indore will have two halts at Bhopal and Jabalpur. Once it leaves the state, it would only stop directly at Raxaul. It would be a seven-day tour package with three nights in Kathmandu, informed Singh.

The railways are working out the cost of the journey before the project is given a go ahead in May. The bookings for the package would be thrown open within a week of the launch of the package. The train may be called Nepal Special.

The special train would have a capacity for 1,000 passengers plus a pantry car. The month of August was chosen for the package, as reservations were hard to come by in the hotels at Kathmandu during the summer holidays.

"We thought of launching the package only when we would fully meet all the demands of the inventory required for the package. August would see the end of the summer holidays and there would be a less pressure for hotel bookings."

The bus operators taking the tourists from Raxaul would be Nepal based as they are economical, he said.