The Bharat Gaurav Tourist train tour on Ambedkar Circuit was flagged off yesterday by Shri G. Kishan Reddy, Minister of Tourism, Culture and DONER, & Dr Virendra Kumar, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment yesterday from Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station.
On the occasion, Shri G. Kishan Reddy said that the Bharat Gaurav Tourist train aims to give glimpses of the life of Bharat Ratna Baba Saheb Ambedkar to all the passengers.
The Minister said that the train also aims to promote domestic tourism and the spirit of Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat. He also informed that the government under the leadership of Shri Narendra Modi has developed sites related to Babasaheb Ambedkar not only in India but also in London.
He also said that the government has taken many steps to promote the ideals of Babasaheb Ambedkar in yesterday’s world.
On the occasion, Dr Virendra Kumar, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment said that the Bharat Gaurav train is an effective step to promote Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat under Dekho Apna Desh.
He also said that Babasaheb faced very challenging situations in his life and his life journey to empower the last man in the hierarchy and remove the discrimination based on caste is very inspiring.
The train aims to promote domestic tourism and the spirit of Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat: Shri G. Kishan Reddy
Babasaheb worked all his life for equality and fraternity and yesterday the train is representative of that equality and the passengers travelling will come back with many memories and knowledge about the principles of Babasaheb Ambedkar.
IRCTC in association with the Ministry of Tourism is operating its first tour on the Ambedkar circuit on an 8-day special tour from Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station starting April 14, 2023.
The Yatra will include a Visit to prominent places associated with the life of Baba Saheb Ambedkar like New Delhi, Mhow, Nagpur and sacred Buddhist sites like Sanchi, Sarnath, Gaya and Rajgir and Nalanda in the tour itinerary.
Visit to Baba Saheb Ambedkar Memorial in New Delhi will be a key attraction covered in the tour. The tourist train is fitted with a well-equipped pantry car for rustling up freshly made vegetarian meals for the tourists. The infotainment system, CCTV camera, and security guard services shall also be available on board.
This 07 nights and 08 days Bharat Gaurav Tourist train tour on Ambedkar Circuit started from Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station yesterday. The Tourist train first halted at New Delhi Railway Station from where tourists were taken for the visit to Baba Saheb Ambedkar Memorial by buses in New Delhi. The next stop of the train will be at Dr Ambedkar Nagar (Mhow), the birthplace of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar (Bhim Janam Bhoomi). Then the train moves to Nagpur railway station where tourists proceed to visit Deekshabhoomi, a consecrated monument of Navayana Buddhism. The train departs from Nagpur for Sanchi.
Babasaheb’s life journey to empower the last man in the hierarchy and remove discrimination based on caste is very inspiring.: Dr Virendra Kumar
The sightseeing of Sanchi comprises the eponymous stupa and other Buddhist sites. After Sanchi, Varanasi is the next destination. The visit to Sarnath & Kashi Vishwanath Temple will be a part of the day’s sightseeing. Gaya is the next and the last destination that the train arrives at, on the 6th day of the journey. The holy site of Bodhgaya is where tourists visit the famous Mahabodhi Temple and other monasteries.
The next day the tourists proceed for sightseeing of Rajgir and Nalanda by road. Buddhist sites and the ruins at Nalanda are the key sites at the destination. The train will depart from Gaya for New Delhi as the train tour comes to an end.
Freshly cooked vegetarian meals will be served on board to the guests in their respective seats from the well-equipped modern pantry car. The train has also been fitted with an infotainment system for the entertainment of the passengers as well as for public announcements. From clean toilets to enhanced security features of CCTV Cameras and Security Guards for each coach have also been provided for the tourists.
Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train launch is in line with the Government of India initiative “Dekho Apna Desh” to promote special interest circuits in domestic tourism.
For more details, one can visit the IRCTC website: https://www.irctctourism.com.
A Familiarization trip has been organized by the Ministry of Tourism to promote and popularize this special initiative. A group of stakeholders including Tour Operators, Tour Guides, Journalists, Buddhist Associations, Gautam Buddha University and Members of the Yuva Tourism Club would be part of this FAM Trip that commenced on 14.04.2023.
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