Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday flagged off the inaugural run of the Tiger Trail Circuit Train from Delhi’s Safdarjung Station.
Better known as the Tiger Express, this train was launched on World Environment Day to highlight the significance of the environment and hence the train which covers ecological hot spots in the country. The aim of the train is to create awareness about our national animal, the Tiger.
— Northern Railway (@RailwayNorthern) June 5, 2016
Operated by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), the semi-luxury train has an attractive itinerary that will take the guests to the world famous Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks in Madhya Pradesh.
So what is the route like?
The train will take passengers to the heart of India, in Madhya Pradesh, and has an route no unlike the luxury trains which operate on the ‘Heritage Circuit’ in the north and ‘Desert Circuit’ in the west.
Following a five days, six nights schedule that starts on a Sunday, the train will kick off from Delhi’s Safdurjung Railway Station at 3 pm and reach its first stop Katni next day morning. This will be followed by an evening Safari in the Khitauli zone of Bandhavgarh.
The next morning will be at Kanha, where passengers will be taken for an evening safari in the Mukki zone. The next day will have a morning safari in the Mukki zone followed by an evening of leisure.
Day 5 includes a trip to Jabalpur to see the famous Dhuandhar Waterfall and Marble Rocks at Bhedaghat.
This will mark the end leg of the trip with the train returning to Delhi the next day.
How heavy is it on the pocket?
With its all-inclusive package, the semi-luxury Tiger Express, for travelling in AC 1 and AC 2, starts from Rs 38,500 per person and goes up to Rs 49,500. The package cost includes travel, food, hotel reservations, transfers, travel insurance among many other things.
These charges are for Indian nationals. An additional surcharge of Rs. 4,000 per person will be charged from foreigners for the Safari booking at Bandhagarh and Kanha.
Good to go?
While the inaugural trip began on June 5, regular runs of the Tiger Express will commence only in October 2016. Simply log on to irctctourism.com and book your tickets.