The eagerly anticipated and first "Swadesh Darshan" tourist train from IRCTC has departed from the station in Kolkata. The Indian Railways has taken this action to encourage religious travel around the nation. The "Jyotirlinga Tourist Train-Swadesh Darshan" pilgrimage special train will be bringing visitors to numerous jyotirlinga (Lord Shiva) temples around the nation.
Popular religious sites like Omkareshwar, Ujjain, Dwarka, the Statue of Unity, Somnath, Nageshwar, Trimbakeshwar, Shirdi, and Shani-Singapur will be covered by this latest incarnation of the holy train. In reference to this, Zafar Azam, Group General Manager for IRCTC's Eastern Zone, said that the package's duration is 12 days and 11 nights.
750 pilgrims will be travelling on this train, which will depart from Kolkata and collect up passengers from Dumka, Bhagalpur, and Jamalpur. He stated that the return of the train was scheduled for November 17. The Railway Board decided to end the "Bharat Darshan" package, which IRCTC had offered and which had been extremely successful earlier, approximately a year ago.
Over the next months, IRCTC would be adding short- and long-haul trips to this package. According to reports, a train would also depart from Kolkata on January 4 for Southern states, while a different train will depart on March 23 for Bhutan and the Northeastern states.