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IRCTC tours to Vaishno Devi shrine

After successful launches of several tour packages to Bharat Darshan-Dakshin Yatra and Shirdi Dham in the past, the Indian Rail Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is once again set to launch fresh travel tours to for the devotees to visit Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine in Jammu. A person willing to travel to Vaishno Devi Shrine is just required to pay an amount of Rs 2,580 for getting seat confirmed in the special train which will depart from Varanasi and Lucknow railway station.While the first tour would leave for Vaishno Devi shrine from Varanasi on May 25 and reach Kanpur Central railway station and proceed towards state capital to end journey in Jammu, the second travel tour for the same shrine would depart on May 31 from Varanasi via Lucknow route.

The third tour and the fourth tour packages for Vaishno Devi have been scheduled in the month of June and will leave Varanasi railway station and proceed via Kanpur Central on June 12 and June 18 respectively. The fifth and the last tour package for the cave shrine in Jammu would also proceed through the same route. The tour package has been planned for departure on July 9.Importantly, all the five tour packages for Vaishno Devi are for five-day and four-night tour. The IRCTC has given importance to the industrial city and therefore, out of five tour packages to Vaishno Devi shrine, four would pass through Kanpur Central, giving denizens an opportunity to avail the facility. Not only this, the IRCTC officials have offered cheapest tour package which includes travelling fare, lodging and accommodation, meals, bus fare from Jammu to Katra etc.The officials of IRCTC are excited to have received good response from the passengers in the past. This can also be gauged from the fact that with nearly 20 days to go for the first Vaishno Devi tour package to commence, there is no availability of seats."Any passenger who pays just Rs 2,580 can get a berth booked in the special trains to Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine. Not only the special trains will be well guarded, but also the passengers will be served with meals.

The most important fact being that the ticket required to reach the holy Vaishno Devi cave will also be provided to the passengers. Thus, they will not have to stand in queue in Katra to fetch the 'Darshan' ticket. Passengers' journey would also be insured," said Manoj Sinha, Chief Regional Manager, IRCTC while talking to TOI.Sinha also informed that the passengers would be taken to Jammu railway station from where a bus would take them to Katra. He said that the passengers will be provided with the necessary accommodation and will be handed over the 'Darshan' slip. The conveyance facility would be provided to passengers upto Banganga from where the pilgrims have to climb the height to reach the holy shrine."After doing Darshan of the holy cave, the passengers will have to come back to the base accommodation from where they will be taken to Jammu railway station in the special buses that would be parked there for this purpose. The passengers will be comfortably made to board the special tourist train and would be brought back," said the senior IRCTC official.When asked how passengers can book tickets, Manoj Sinha said that passengers can either visit IRCTC office situated at platform number one of Kanpur Central railway station or by log on to www.railtourismindia.comHe also informed that a tour package to Shirdi Dham would leave Varanasi railway station for Lucknow and proceed towards Shirdi on June 6. It would be a four day journey.