India is known for its diverse cultures, traditions, festivals, cuisines, lifestyles, thoughts, religions, and whatnot. Our country and its civilization have played a major part in human development. Indians have respect for their origin and have great faith in gods. Indian society is categorized into social ranks or we can say caste system. The specific caste of the person is determined by birth and he/she can’t change it. But the beauty of our country is in its people.
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In this blog, I will discuss the newly launched Dekho Apna Desh Initiative by the Ministry of Tourism, GOI. Let us dive into it by getting to know India first.
India: The Incredible Country
India is called an “Incredible Country ” as it is the perfect example of Unity in Diversity. People from different states, religions, cultures, and castes live together peacefully. In India togetherness, peace, harmony, and brotherhood are all because of “Unity in Diversity. Indian people have great faith in their religion and religious holy books. There is no official religion in our country. According to different sources, it is said that more than 80 percent of Indians are Hindu. Around 13 percent are Muslims and rest are other religions including Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. The best thing about this country is that people with different family backgrounds, religions, and birthplaces live together peacefully.
India is an amazing country and if you travel via train then you will find beautiful landscapes all across the country. From beautiful valleys to large gorgeous mountains and from soothing turquoise beaches to evergreen agricultural lands. Apart from these beautiful landscapes, Our country is also known for its Diversity and spirituality. Indian people have great faith in their spiritual places because the air and atmosphere around the spiritual sites are changed by feelings and the divine power of God. Whenever you visit spiritual places like temples, churches, and mosques you will feel something soothing and divine in your soul.
The Indian government is working day and night to promote religious places in India like the Swadesh Darshan Scheme, Dekho Apna Bharat Scheme, and PRASAD Scheme (Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive). Apart from these schemes, the Indian government is also promoting Yoga and Ayurveda to save their ancient culture. If we talk about spiritual schemes introduced by the Indian government then one of the most popular schemes is the “Dekho Apna Desh Campaign”.
Recently the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman presented the Budget 2023 on 1st February 2023. In this budget, FM focused on the plans to boost India’s tourism. During her speech, she announced the latest “Dekho Apna Desh” scheme to promote India’s tourism and important spiritual places in our country.
Dekho Apna Desh Scheme
In Budget 2023 our honourable union minister of India Nirmala Sitaraman has introduced the “Dekho Apna Desh Scheme” in order to promote tourism and also encourage people to visit and explore the spiritual side of our country and also to see the rich cultural heritage and diversity of India. The Ministry of Tourism is handling this project and the Indian government has set aside a substantial budget for the implementation of the scheme that will be used to promote travel and build out tourist infrastructure and in maintaining the maintenance of spiritual places around the nation.
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On 1st February 2023, Our Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman introduced the advancements and benefits of the “Dekho Apna Desh Scheme “. She mentioned that this scheme primarily targets the people who belong to middle-class families in the country, encouraging them to travel within the country rather than abroad. The growth and development of a country depends on economic growth and this scheme’s goal is to increase domestic travel so that overall economic growth will increase.
Dekho Apna Desh Scheme will not only be helpful in strengthening the economy of the country but also helpful in expanding employment prospects in the tourism industry to provide a boost to the economy that is much needed. Have you ever heard about “Bharat Gaurav Tourist Trains” If not? Then let me tell you that it is an initiative by The Ministry of Railways. The Indian Railways has started operation of Bharat Gaurav Tourist trains from different parts of the country. The main agenda of this train is to promote tourism under the scheme of “Dekho Apna Desh” and promote our country’s rich culture and religious places and evergreen heritage.
Bharat Gaurav Tourism Trains
Bharat Gaurav Tourism Train is a great initiative introduced by the Ministry of Railways and Indian Railways to support Indian tourism under the “Dekho Apna Desh Scheme”. This will be a theme-based tourist circuit train that will run through different spiritual places in India. The aim of this Bharat Gaurav Tourism Train is to showcase India’s rich culture, spiritual places, and evergreen heritage by connecting important historical, religious, and cultural places of the country through rail. As we all know that our country India has a great magnificent history, and our government wants to showcase and promote the evergreen history and heritage of our country.
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On the occasion of the 73rd Independence Day speech, our Honourable Prime Minister of India said that “ I know people travel abroad for holidays but can we think of visiting at least 15 tourist destinations across India before 2022, when we mark 75 years of freedom”. According to the sources of PIB Delhi, a total number of 26 trips of Bharat Gaurav Trains have been operated by covering around 22 states and 4 union territories. IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) has taken the initiative to promote this novel cause by providing holistic services to passengers and taking care of all their travel-related needs.
Bharat Gaurav Trains are a great initiative under the Dekho Apna Desh scheme and the main agenda behind this scheme is to promote domestic tourism and leverage the core strength of the professionals of the tourism sector to run theme-cased tourist circuit trains to promote Indian tourism. IRCTC provides various travel facilities to their passengers like accommodation facilities, catering facilities like morning tea, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, security on trains with CCTV cameras installed in all coaches, well-maintained washroom facilities, etc.
As we discussed earlier, Indian Railways had introduced the concept of operating tourist trains on theme-based circuits under the Bharat Gaurav Trains that were introduced under the scheme of the “Dekho Apna Desh” initiative. Here is the list of some trains that run to cover all holy places in India.
- IRCTC’s Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train
This is one of the important trains because this train has a mixed composition of Sleeper (Non AC), AC II-tier coaches, and AC III-tier coaches. Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train looks very attractive because the external body of this train showcases different pictures of the culture and traditions of our country. Pictures of different monuments, heritage places, different folk dance forms, sculptures, and different landmarks are printed on the body of the train.
This is one of the most popular tourist trains in India having a total number of 600-700 seating capacity with CCTV camera facilities. This train has its own pantry service for preparing fresh food onboard. You will be able to have a vegetarian regional freshly prepared meal on the train.
- IRCTC’s Deluxe AC Tourist Train
If you want to travel in a fully air-conditioned train then this train can be the best for your traveling because this deluxe train provides you all the comfort that you want in your journey. This Deluxe AC train is fully air-conditioned with only AC I and AC II-tier accommodation onboard. This train is fulfilled with all the good facilities like other luxurious trains.
Deluxe AC Tourist Train has a separate modern kitchen car along with two restaurants that will give you a semi-luxury kind of feel. Apart from that this train has single sofas with reading lights, foot massagers, a library for book lovers, washrooms having shower cubicles, shoe shiners, Unarmed security guards for safety purposes on the train, rail restaurants, and CCTV cameras for safety purposes. Thus, it is a semi-luxury train so it can’t offer a large seating capacity like Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train. This Deluxe AC Tourist train has a total capacity of 156 seats.
- Karnataka Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train
This is another special tourist train that runs under the Government of Karnataka (GOK). Karnataka Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train is a Karnataka government initiative to promote tourism in Karnataka. This Special initiative offers heritage tours of Kashi, Puri, and Dwarka by Running the Karnataka Bharat Gaurav Tourist train in association with IRCTC. This train has a fully air-conditioned facility by having 11 AC III-tier coaches to accommodate around 700 passengers onboard. The external body of the train depicts the beautiful and mesmerizing heritage and temples of Karnataka state which makes this train journey mesmerizing.
This beautiful tourist train from Karnataka is filled with all the top-notch facilities for passenger comfort. The main important features of this train include a CCTV camera facility, Unarmed Security guards for safety purposes on the train, a well-maintained separate pantry car for fresh food on board, and a well-cleaned washroom facility for hygienic sanitization. One of the best things about this train is the cost of the ticket will not make a hole in your pocket because the ticket cost has been kept affordable with the government also offering subsidies to the pilgrims.
These three are the most popular tourist trains in India that will cover different pilgrimage tours like Kevadia, Puri, Rameshwaram, Shirdi, Tirupati, Ujjain, Vaishno Devi, Varanasi, etc. IRCTC provides different traveling packages for different places. We will talk about traveling packages in our next blog. Some of the traveling package names are mentioned below;
- Dakshini Bharat Yatra
- Char Dham Yatra
- Punya Kshetra Yatra
- Uttar Bharat Devbhumi Darshan
- Puri Gangasagar Yatra
- Dakshin Bharat Gaurav Yatra
- Shirdi Sai Darshan
- Bharat Gaurav Jyotirlinga Yatra
- Guru Kripa Yatra
- Ganga Pushkarala Yatra
- Shri Ramayana Yatra
IRCTC E-Catering Service
Have you ever heard about food on train? If not, then let me tell you that IRCTC provides an e-catering facility on trains. According to this facility now you can order fresh, delicious, and hygienically prepared food on the train. RailRecipe is an IRCTC officially authorized company that delivers the best food on your train seat. You just need your 10-digit PNR number for placing a food order.
RailRecipe is linked with more than 2500+ FSSAI-approved partner restaurants that deliver the best food on 560+ stations or locations. You can order a variety of cuisines during your train journey including North Indian, South Indian, Chinese, Continental, Vegetarian as well as Non-Vegetarian food items. You can place your food order in three ways here, all three ways are mentioned below:
- Order from Website– You can place your food order directly from the website. For this, all you need to do is just visit our official website, railrecipe.com, and enter your 10-digit PNR number or train number. After mentioning your PNR details the website will show you the available location where services are activated. After choosing the location you will have to choose whether you want Veg or Non-Veg food. RailRecipe provides comfortable payment options you can pay on delivery as well as online. After placing a food order you don’t need to worry because our delivery guy will deliver your hot and fresh food on the train seat with a contactless delivery process.
- Download RailRecipe App– You can also place your order from RailRecipe App. For that, you just need to download our app and log in with your respective details and then enter your 10-digit PNR or train number to find out the available location where you can receive your food order.
- Call on Helpline Number– You can also place your food order by calling our helpline number 8448440386. Our customer care executive will place your food order on your behalf.
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