With 80 exhibitors from eight countries offering interesting holiday packages with discounts at the CII International Tourism fest,the IRCTC stall seemed to be a crowd puller with its offers of international tours,customised holiday packages,corporate,educational and spiritual tours,all under one roof.
From Himachal Pradesh,to Kashmir and to Vaishno Devi and from Goa to Port Blair,IRCTC has lots to offer its customers. While a three nights and four days package to Vaishno Devi will cost Rs 2,285 per head,including two meals and pick and drop service from the main destination of BanGanga,a five nights and 6 days package to Kashmir by bus,train or flight is also available.
The bus and the train are expected to cost around Rs 7,800 per head and will include accommodation,meals and sight seeing.
Also,Leave Travel Concession (LTC) facilities are available under the packages.
IRCTC also has a North Zone Bharat Darshan (NZBD) tour package to Mahakaleshwar,Somnath and Jyotirling for 5-10 days at a cost of just Rs 500 per person.
An IRCTC representative,Shubham Arya,said,The proposal to start with a rail tour package to Goa for three nights and four days is in the pipeline. We will declare it soon. We are also planning to start with a tour package to Rajasthan this month,under which visitors will be taken across the state for sight seeing. We are yet to fix the prices though.
Another tour package under IRCTC is a three nights and four days package to Port Blair from Chandigarh in just Rs 6,850. It includes accommodation at a 2-star resort,breakfast and dinner,welcome drinks,snacks and sight seeing. While the air fare in December will be Rs 34,000,after February the fare will drop to Rs 25,000. Going by train is another option where one could go from Chandigarh to Chennai by train and from Chennai take a steamer ship to Port Blair. This option will cost Rs 1,800-5,000.
IRCTC will also launch an education tour package for the city schools next year in January. The package will include activities like camp fire,mountaineering and adventure courses like sand dune camping,riverside forest camping,para gliding,rappelling,tent pitching,night drills and jungle hiking. The trips will be organised either during the summer or winter vacations in schools.
At the first edition of the CII Tourism fest,13 states and eight countries have participated. Jammu and Kashmir is promoting the upcoming Jammu winter festival,Uttarakhand is promoting the Winterline carnival and Gujarat is promoting the Rann Utsav,while the Maharashtra Tourism Development corporation is coming up with a project worth of Rs 5,000 crore to establish a Sea World that will be functional by 2020.