Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) introduced Aastha Circuit Special train for passengers of Bihar to have a glimpse of famous religious places of South India. This train was flagged off from Raxaul station of Samastipur Railway division. Aastha Circuit Special train will depart on 10 February return to originated destination on February 13. The entire journey will cover 13 nights and 14 days. Due to the corona epidemic, the brakes on the wheels of trains are now gradually getting relief. Hundreds of trains are running back on the track. Meanwhile, the Railways has introduced the Aastha Circuit Special covering all the important tourist places in the country. Carpets were laid for devotees to board the train.
Also, packets of masks, sanitizers, face shields and gloves were given to all the passengers in view of COVID-19 epidemic. In this Aastha Circuit train, bhajans arrangement have been made for passengers in every coach. The devotees thanked the railways for running the train at a cheaper rate. Aastha Circuit/ Bharat Darshan Special Tourist Train”, is one of the most affordable all inclusive tour package, covering all the important tourist places in the country. Booking of Astha Circuit /Bharat Darshan Special Tourist Trains is available online on our website (https://www.irctctourism.com). Booking can also be done through our Tourist Facilitation Center, Zonal Offices and Regional Offices.
A batch of 650 devotees from Samastipur division left for pilgrimage places by Aastha Circuit Special train. The train departed from Raxaul will reach Tirupati on February 2 via Sitamarhi, Darbhanga-Samastipur, Muzaffarpur-Hajipur, Patna-Bakhtiyarpur, Mokama-Kiul, Asansol. DRM Ashok Maheshwari told that Samastipur division has introduced this train after COVID-19 for the first time. Along with this train, pilgrims can visit various pilgrimage centers at a very low cost. This tour package is 13 nights 14 days. The DRM said that in view of the demand of the passengers, on March 12, another train is running, whose booking has been started. Of that, 250 seats have been booked. Aastha circuit special train of the railway and will take tourists through several famous and important pilgrimage sites of South India within 14 days. In this journey, first of all, devotees will visit the Balaji temple in Tirupati. Similarly, Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, Ramanathaswamy Temple in Rameswaram, Kanyakumari Temple and Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari, Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram and finally Jagannath Temple darshan in Puri.
An isolation coach has been installed in this train due to COVID-19. Along with this, a doctor has also been posted for emergency. In the Aastha Circuit Special train, devotees will travel in sleeper class. At the same time, for the pilgrims traveling by this train, vegetarian food, bus to roam with a water bottle, Dharamshala/Dormitory to stay, security guard (without arms) and tour escort will be available in each coach. Overall, IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) is providing complete tour package of South India to the people of Bihar at very affordable cost.