On June 21, IRCTC will run its first Bharat Gaurav tourist train on the Ramayana circuit, as planned under the Swadesh Darshan scheme. The circuit will cover all the major places associated with the life of Lord Rama. The train will also stop at the famous Ram Janaki temple in Janakpur, Nepal.
The proposed 18-day Bharat Gaurav Tourist train tour has its first stop at Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Rama, where tourists will visit Shri Ram Janmabhumi temple and Hanuman temple and additionally Bharat Mandir at Nandigram, dedicated to Lord Ram’s younger brother Bharat.
The train will next stop at Buxar, Bihar, for a visit to the hermitage of Maharishi Vishwamitra and the Ramrekha Ghat. Moving along, the next stop is Sitamarhi, the birthplace of Sita. From here, the group will be taken to Janakpur, Nepal, to visit the Ram Janaki Temple.
The next destination will be Nasik for the Trayambakeshwar Temple and Panchvati. The ancient city of Krishkindha in Hampi comes next on the itinerary. Here, the temple of Hanuman atop the Anjaneyadri Hills will be the main attraction. The train will next move to Rameshwaram where tourists will visit the famous Ramanathaswamy Temple and Dhanushkodi.
Next comes Kanchipuram for the Shiv Kanchi, Vishnu Kanchi, and Kamakshi temples; and finally the last destination – Bhadrachalam in Telangana, also known as ‘Ayodhya of the South’. Covering roughly a distance of around 8000 km, the Ramayana tour will finally return to Delhi.