New Delhi: Indian Railways, in addition to regular passenger trains across its network, in association with the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) and select State Tourism Development Corporations, operates special tourist trains like Luxury tourist trains, Buddhist special trains, Semi-luxury trains, Bharat Darshan trains, Aastha Circuits trains, State Special Tourists trains, Steam train, Charter trains etc. connecting various tourist places across the country.
IRCTC has operated State Special Tourist Trains, Bharat Darshan Trains and Rail Tour packages to pilgrim destinations like Guruvayur, Tirupati and Sabarimala from various cities across the country.
Besides, operation of additional train services for tourist to connect various destinations including pilgrim places Guruvayur, Tirupati and Sabrimala is an ongoing process on Indian Railways subject to traffic justification, operational feasibility, availability of resources, competing demands etc.
This information was given by the Minister of State of Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in
a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.