NEW DELHI: Light devotional music, two dedicated private guards in every coach and only vegetarian meals will be some of the new features in the third “private” train that will operate thrice a week between Varanasi and Indore. Named as Kashi Mahakal Express, which will be operated by railway PSU, IRCTC, will connect three Jyotirlingas – Omkareshwar (near Indore), Mahakaleshwar (Ujjain) and Kashi Vishwanath (Varanasi).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the superfast fully air-conditioned passenger train on Sunday and the commercial run will start from February 20. The train will cover 1,131 km between Varanasi and Indore via Lucknow and a distance of 1,102 km between Varanasi and Indore via Prayagraj (Allahabad) in approximately 19 hours. “IRCTC is making tour packages of cities and religious sites covered by the train such as Kashi, Omkareshwar, Mahakaleshwar, Bhopal, Sanchi, Ujjain, Bhimbetka, Ayodhya and Prayag,” an official statement said.
PM also recently suggested railways run trains between Patna Sahib and Amritsar and trains connecting thematic religious destinations such as linking the places visited by devotees of Lord Krishna and Vaishnavites. While chairing a council of ministers meeting recently , PM had suggested that the trains on Patna Sahib and Amritsar route can have on-board devotional activities including shabad kirtan and langar.
Railway board chairman V K Yadav, on Friday, said that the next edition of the Ramayana express, which takes pilgrims to locations associated with Lord Ram, will get Ramayana-themed interiors and bhajans playing on board. The train is likely to be launched after March 10. “The train will originate from different locations north, south, east and west so that people from across the country can avail its services ,” Yadav said.


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