IRCTC tourism As a subsidiary of the Indian Railways, the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) manages the tourism, online ticketing and catering for the fourth largest rail network in the world. It offers domestic packages as part of the IRCTC tourism. You can book from the various IRCTC packages for your preferred destination while booking train tickets, opting for car rentals or even looking for flights. The Indian Railways conceptualised and built IRCTC to bolster tourism by tying up with travel agents, tour operators, and hotels. Around 14 lakh people book through IRCTC in a day which gives the railways a huge advantage to provide its customers with hospitality services. And it was only judicious of the Railways to introduce IRCTC tour packages to draw on the high traffic that the site receives.
IRCTC is a one-stop portal for everything a traveller needs, be it a hotel reservation, transport, restaurant selection, or information on domestic and even international destinations. You can go through the list of IRCTC tour packages for the destination you want to travel to. Promoting tourism via the railways has been beneficial not only to the passengers but has also helped the local tour agencies. It is an archetypal marketing plan engaging both the customers and public and private stakeholders.
Being the tourism leg of the Indian Railways, IRCTC keeps on coming up with seasonal and festive offers. Not just offers and packages you can also find IRCTC tourist trains which offer the best of hospitality, comfort and service. You can book a week-long or even a short two-day trip from the many IRCTC tourism offers. From Mumbai to Andaman, Vaishno Devi to Tirupati, IRCTC covers the length and breadth of the country. There are special packages for music, dance and other cultural festivals as well like the Odisha-Konark Dance and International Sand Art Festival Special. To book such packages visit IRCTC’s website and go to Holidays and select Packages from the drop down. You can choose air, rail or land packages on the next page. Use your IRCTC tourism log in to avail these offers.
You can explore the vibrant city of Amritsar by booking the Amritsar Rail Tour Package in Swarna Shatabdi Express starting at Rs. 5,545. Visit Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh which are among the most important historical sites in the city. The package also covers Wagah Border in this 1 night/2 days trip.Vaishno Devi Economy Package:
One of the most important shrine in Hinduism is Vaishno Devi dedicated to the Goddess Shakti. Situated at an altitude of 5,200 ft you can visit the temple by choosing the 3 night/4 days train package departing from New Delhi Railway Station in Uttar Sampark Kranti Express, Non AC Sleeper Class to reach Katra station. The package starts at Rs 2,490.Diwali Teerth Yatra:
This package starting at Rs. 10,395 takes 10 nights/11 days to complete its destinations. It covers Allahabad, Varanasi, Gaya, Kolkata, Puri, and Konark. You get an escort who will guide you throughout the tour.Ramayana Yatra:
Starting at 15,830 for 14 nights/15 days this tour originates from Madurai. The journey covers Hampi, Nasik, Chitrakut Dham, Darbhanga, Sitamarhi, Janakpuri (Nepal), Ayodhya, Nandigram, Allahabad, Shringaverpur, Rameswaram, Devipatinam, Thirupullani. You will travel in a sleeper class to cover this tour.Bharat Darshan:
One of the most budget-friendly journeys, this tour package covers all the important tourist places in the country. You can book the special tourist trains of Bharat Darshan on IRCTC’s site. The tour covers Ujjain, Dwarka, Somnath, Shirdi, and Nasik. You are served all three meals on this 13 night/14 days which starts at Rs. 13,230 in a sleeper class.North East Safari:
The package lasts for 7 nights/8 days and costs around Rs. 21,715 and starts from Kolkata. You will spend a night in Guwahati, three nights in Shillong and a night in Kaziranga on this tour. Visit one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries in the country which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will receive breakfast and dinner along with travel insurance as package inclusion.Shirdi Special:
A popular pilgrimage site in the country, Shirdi draws in a number of tourists every year. This tour package covers Shirdi, Shani, and Nasik in a span of three days. You will get to see Sai Baba temple, Shani Singanapur and Muktidham, Panchavati, Triambakeswar in Nasik. Shani Singnapur besides being known for its Shani temple is also popular for its houses with no doors and zero crime rate. The package costs around Rs. 3,000.Shiv Shani Sai Darshan:
Starting its journey from Jabalpur, this tour covers Trimbakeshwar Temple in Nasik, Shani Shingnapur temple and Sai Baba temple in Shirdi. Costing Rs. 8,920 per person this package lasts for 4 nights/5 days. The regional office of IRCTC in Bhopal offers the package with AC 3 Tier train with pre-booked accommodation and meals.Dakshin Bharat Yatra:
One of the most comprehensive South Indian packages by IRCTC, Dakshin Bharat covers the iconic spots in the southern part of the country. The tour starts at Rs. 9,450 and takes 9 days/10 nights. It covers places like Indore, Ujjain, Habibganj, Betul, Nagpur, Trivandrum, Kanyakumari, Madurai, Rameshwaram.
IRCTC operates and manages one of the best luxury trains in India - the Maharajas’ Express. The train celebrates India’s regal past by offering leisurely journeys covering the erstwhile princely states in the country. The train features two fine- dining restaurants, a lounge bar, and a reading area. Out of its journeys the longest are the Indian Splendour and the Indian Panorama. You can also choose the Heritage of India, Treasures of India, Gems of India, Southern Sojourn and Southern Jewels which are all a part of the IRCTC tourism.