The Third private train named as the “Kashi Mahakal Express” will also have a night service, the PSU stated on Wednesday.
Another two private trains served by the IRCTC are the Lucknow-New Delhi Tejas and the Ahmedabad-Mumbai Tejas Expresses. Besides being a superfast air-conditioned train, the IRCTC has also prepared to offer tour packages covering the famous religious sites on the train’s route, a said by the IRCTC.
“Being the first long-distance overnight journey train, IRCTC has geared up to provided a host of facilities and services to passengers, including high-quality vegetarian food, onboard bedrolls and housekeeping services and onboard security services,” the statement read.
“Besides, every passenger travelling on the train will be covered with complimentary travel insurance of Rs 10 lakhs during the journey.” it is stated.
The booking for the train “Kashi Mahakal Express” can be made only on the IRCTC official website and also by its mobile application, ‘IRCTC Rail Connect’.
Moreover, the train will also have a pre-reservation period of 120 days with quotas reserved for general and foreign tourists.
The current booking facility will be open to the passengers at the station after the first reservation chart is ready, four hours to five minutes before scheduled departure. On top of that, passengers will also be automatically refunded the complete fare on cancellation of both waitlisted and confirmed e-tickets.
“The train will connect Jyotirlinga-Omkareshwar (near Indore), Mahakaleshwar (Ujjain) and Kashi Vishwanath (Varanasi), besides connecting the industrial and educational hub of Indore and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh. The train will operate thrice a week between Varanasi and Indore via Ujjain, Sant Hiradnagar (Bhopal), Bina, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow/Prayagraj and Sultanpur,” the IRCTC stated.
The tour packages will cover Kashi, Omkareshwar, Mahakaleshwar, Bhopal, Sanchi, Ujjain, Bhimbetka, Ayodhya and Prayag, as per the statement.