Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off IRCTC's third private train -- Kashi Mahakal Express -- between Varanasi and Indore, as he visited his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi on Sunday. According to the Railway Ministry, the Indian Rail Catering and Tourism Corp's (IRCTC) Kashi Mahakal Express will start its commercial run from February 20.
आईआरसीटीसी द्वारा इंदौर-वाराणसी के बीच 'काशी महाकाल एक्सप्रैस' ट्रेन का 20 फरवरी से शुभारम्भ किया जा रहा है। ट्रेन तीन ज्योर्तिलिंग श्रीओम्कारेश्वर, श्री महाकालेश्वर और काशी विश्वनाथ को आपस में जोड़ेगी।बुकिंग के लिए वेबसाइट https://t.co/e14vjdPrzt या रेल कनेक्ट ऐप पर ब्राउज करें। pic.twitter.com/uzGBzap78C— IRCTC (@IRCTCofficial) February 15, 2020
Kashi-Mahakal Express to be an overnight journey train
The IRCTC said in a statement that it will be a superfast air-conditioned overnight journey train with sleeping berths. The timing of the train has not been announced yet.
Kashi-Mahakal express to connect three pilgrim spots
The Kashi Mahakal Express will connect three places -- Jyotirlinga - Omkareshwar (near Indore in Madhya Pradesh), Mahakaleshwar (Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh) and Kashi Vishwanath (Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh), besides also connecting the industrial and educational hub of Indore, and Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh.
Train to be operated thrice a week
The train will operate thrice a week between Varanasi and Indore via Ujjain, Sant Hiradnagar (Bhopal), Bina, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow/Prayagraj and Sultanpur.
Kashi Mahakal Express to be 3rd corporate passenger train
The Kashi Mahakal Express is the third corporate passenger train being operated by IRCTC, taking forward the initiative of the ministry to operate more such corporate trains in the country.
Kashi Mahakal express to have better facilities
Keeping in mind the overnight journey, the IRCTC has geared up to provide a host of facilities and services to passengers on-board, including high quality vegetarian food, on-board bedrolls and housekeeping services, as well as on-board security services.
Complimentary travel insurance of Rs 10 lakh for passengers
Besides, every passenger travelling in the train will be covered with a complimentary travel insurance of Rs 10 lakh during the journey, the IRCTC said.
The passengers willing to book the ticket for the Kashi Mahakal Express can book their tickets on the IRCTC website and its mobile app 'Irctc Rail Connect'. The IRCTC said that passengers can also get their tickets booked through authorised agents and online travel partners of IRCTC.
Train to have general and foreign tourist quotas
The train will have an advance reservation period of 120 days and will only have the general and foreign tourist quotas.
"The current booking will be available to the passengers on the platform itself after preparation of the first chart, 4 hours to 5 minutes before the scheduled departure of the train," it said.
Keeping in mind the religious sentiments of travelling passengers, the IRCTC is also offering them, with a value addition, travel to various religious places and tourism sites covered by Kashi Mahakal Express.
The IRCTC has prepared tour packages of cities and religious sites covered by the train route such as Kashi, Omkareshwar, Mahakaleshwar, Bhopal, Sanchi, Ujjain, Bhimbetka, Ayodhya and Prayag.
(With inputs from IANS)