Rail package for Shirdi pilgrims
Monday June 16 2008 09:38 IST G Virat Singh for Express News Service
BANGALORE: Indian Rail Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will be introducing a daily rail tour package from Bangalore to Shirdi and Shanisignapur on Monday.
Though the IRCTC has not made any public announcement to the effect, sources at the IRCTC stated that it would be a three-night and four-day package on the Karnataka Express that leaves Bangalore city railway station daily at 7.20 pm. The train will have 10 berths, of the 72 in the train (both sleeper and 3AC) reserved under the package by the South Western Railway.
The IRCTC, besides offering free onboard breakfast and dinner to those who avail of the package, will also provide cab services and accommodation. The cab services are available from Kopargaon station to Shirdi and vice versa.
The pilgrims will be accommodated at Hotel Sai Tulsi and Hotel Sai Garden in Shirdi on twin-sharing and triplesharing basis. The package cost for twinsharing will be Rs 3,100 (sleeper), Rs 5,500 (3AC), Rs 2,960 (sleeper) and Rs 5,320 (3AC) for triple-sharing.
Those who wish to avail this package can book their tickets by logging on to www.railtourismindia.com or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets can also be collected in person from the IRCTC office at 2/2, CB Royal building, Rajajinagar, Bangalore.