16 Best Tour Packages From IRCTC

Trains are an inevitable part of the Indian Nature. Most socializing, food sharing, recreation on your way to your destination takes place in a train. That is the thing about train journeys, you are sitting in a confined space with people you have never met before but they become a little part of your memory forever. Also, the dreamy nature of gazing at the passing by stations, landscapes is something that would always be one of the most common but unsaid activities undertaken while sitting through the journey. Most of the families in India seem to learn a lot more about travel during their journeys riding by the smallest of stations passing through the mind blowing wilderness of the country. Here is a list of train tours that you should definitely try out to explore India in a completely different manner. Just a way to tell you that going around the country does not necessarily always have to be expensive.

Today in light of the new budget, let us check out the Best Tour Packages form IRCTC:

1) Jyotirlinga along with Shirdi in (Rs. 5775/- )

You can join this journey of seeing "the radiant objects dedicated to Lord Shiva’ known as Jyotirlinga in India. There are 12 of these and you can depart from any city that the train stops at. The only stops that you cannot board the train from are Shirdi and Bareilly. Otherwise you can climb on almost any station given in the itinerary list. It is a 6 night 7 day journey completely dedicated to the magic of Shiva and devotion to Sai Baba.

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Chandigarh-Ambala-Kurukshatra-Karnal-Panipat-Delhi-Safdarjung-Moradabad-Bareilly-Shahjahanpur-Lucknow-Kanpur-Jhansi-Bina-Bhopal-Ujjain-Nasik-Shirdi-Bhopal-Bina-Jhansi-Kanpur-Lucknow-Shahjahanpur-Bareilly-Moradabad-Delhi-Safdarjung-Panipat-Karnal-Kurukshetra-Ambala-Chandigarh

PRICE

Rs 5775/- 

2) Mahatma Gandhi Circuit at (Rs. 7225/-)

The father of the nation has taught us a lot more than moral education books combined with history books could. His fight and love for the nation was so genuine. You can go around North India touring around places he had maximum impact in and learn a lot more about Bapu. To ainah pehen ke, lathi leke, shaan se hop on this tour to get a practical taste of the history you learnt growing up.  You can join the quest of truth from Chandigarh, Ambala, Panipat, Delhi Cantt, Moradabad, Bareilly, Lucknow, Kanpur and Jaipur.

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PRICE

Rs 7225/-

History has it's own charm, but nature beats it all. Check out these 12 Breathtaking Train Routes in India With Scenic Beauty

3) Ganga Darshan Along with Ayodhya and Chitrakoot (Rs. 5775/-)

Ganga is every bhakt’s equivalent to holiness. For every sin we do, we know that having a bath in Ganga Maiyya would clean us of our sins. She passes through the whole of country turning into tributaries and distributaries all along just so that she can bless the whole country, fulfilling her main purpose of coming out of Shiva’s hair. On this tour you can depart from Nangal Dam, Anandpur Sahib, Kiratpur Sahib, Roop Nagar, SahibZada Ajit Singh Nagar and Chandigarh. So even if it is to not wash off your sins, you can get onto this tour just to see the main source of water in the country. Every member aboard this train would happily be joining you for uo;Ganga maiyya ki jai”

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Nangal Dam-Anandpur Sahib-Kiratpur Sahib-Roop Nagar-SahibZada-Ajit Singh Nagar-Chandigarh-Ayodhya-Varanasi-Chitrakutdham-Allahabad-Haridwar-Chandigarh-SahibZada-Ajit Singh Nagar-Roop Nagar-Kiratpur Sahib-Anandpur Sahib-Nangal Dam

PRICE

Rs 5775/-

4) Shakthi Yatra at (Rs. 7425/-)

Perfect for devotees from South India or even the rest of the country who want to see a completely religious side of the Southern and Eastern Central region of India. This is a 6 night 7 day package full of seeing devotion in some of the most beautiful sites in terms of architecture. You can get aboard this train from Madurai, Dindigul, Karur, Erode, Salem, Chennai Central, Vijayawada. 

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PRICE

Rs 7425/-

Even though your accommodation is taken care of this time. But for your next trip, check out these best deals on hotels

5) Puri Ganga Sagar Yatra Special at (Rs. 6600/-)

Puri and Ganga coming together is a dream that most devotees dream to live. With this tour you can go from East India to West India exploring the magic of Puri and washing off your sins at Ganga. The tour departs from Pune, Lonavala, Kalyan, Manmad, Jalgaon, Bhusaval, Akola, Badnera, Nagpur.

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PRICE

Rs 6600/-

- The next set of train tours is for people who do not mind spending a little more and soaking the experience that our country has to offer completely.

6) Pancha Dwaraka at (Rs. 9075/-)

Pancha Dwaraka is a perfect opportunity for devotees to go from North to South remembering Gods the entire way. It is a 10 night 11 day trip across some of the most famous religious sites in the country. The train departs from Madurai, Dindigul, Karur, Erode, Salem, Chennai Central, Nellore and Vijayawada. So climb on to see for real the stories that you have read in your history books and mythological story collection.

 

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Madurai-Dindigul-Karur-Erode-Salem-Chennai-Central Nellore-Vijayawada-Dwaraka Bhavnagar(Darshan Nishkalank Mahadev)-Gandhinagar(Akshardham , Sabarmati)-Dakor Dwarka-Ahmedabad-Udaipur(Nathdwara , Kankroli Dwaraka)-Vijayawada-Nellore-Chennai Central-Salem-Erode-Karur-Dindigul-Madurai

PRICE

Rs 9075/-

7) Bharat Darshan (Rs 12,375/-)

This train departs from Pune and takes you around most of the known pilgrim sites in India. This tour departs from the cultural city of Pune. It is a 14 night 15 day package and best for anybody who wants to see all the main worship spots from north to south. It is perfect for anybody who wants to go around exploring how different Gods are followed in different parts of the country and yet the dedication to them remains uniform.

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PRICE- Rs 12,375/- (Including tax)

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8) The Jyotirlinga Darshan (Rs. 8250/-)

Every second devotee in the country considers himself lucky if he gets the chance to witness the magic of Lord Shiva. His pull of devotees is such, that even though people lose their lives but they go that extra mile to witness the magnificence of Amarnath. Jyotirlingas are considered to be a symbol of radiance of Lord Shiva for the mortal being. Join the journey of thousands to discover your religious side on this tour of the Jyotirlingas. In midst of all uo;Har Har Mahadev”, you are sure to be rubbed off even by a little spirituality that Shiva fans are known to possess. You can hop on to the celebrated devotion from Chandigarh, Ambala, Kurukshatra, Karnal, Panipat, Delhi Cantt, Rewari, Jaipur.

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PRICE

Rs 8250/-

9) Heritage Circuit Semi Luxury Tourist Train (from Rs 17,000/- and goes upto Rs 35,000/-)

IRCTC has collaborated with Indian Railways and launched a heritage semi luxury tourist train. It takes you around the three cities with prominent heritage and is a great way to see your history and geography pages come alive. The tour takes you around Varanasi, Khajuraho and Agra. You can board the train from Varanasi and enjoy the marvels of India’s history along with fellow enthusiasts. The tour spans for 4 nights and 5 days.

 

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Varanasi-Khajuraho-Agra

PRICE

Start from Rs 17,000/- and goes upto Rs 35,000/-

God will always bless you here, it is his city. Read 10 Things To do in Varanasi. 

10) Desert Circuit Semi Luxury Tourist Train (from Rs 24,525/- to Rs 36,900/-)

IRCTC along with Indian railways also launched the desert circuit semi luxury tourist train. It covers the nooks and corners of Jaisalmer and Jaipur and spans for 4 nights and 5 days. Not that you get a completely royal treatment, but you experience quite a part of it when you are aboard this train. You also get to see the desert in all its magnificence. You can hop on from Jaisalmer to enjoy the complete magic that the deep golden sands have to offer to you.

 

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Jaipur- Jaisalmer

PRICE

Starting from Rs 24,525/- to Rs 36,900/-

This one is for people who add a luxurious tinge to everything they do

11) Jewels of the Deccan

Deccan Odyssey is considered to be luxury confined in a moving space. Jewels of the Deccan is a tour that spans for about 7 nights and 8 days and goes around Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. You can explore breath-taking sites hidden behind the blanket of Deccan plateaus and enjoy a completely King like experience when on board the Deccan Odyssey. You have to get on board from CST in Mumbai at around 3:30 pm and right from the first stop your magical journey begins.

 

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Mumbai Bijapur Aihole - Pattadakal-Hampi-Hyderabad-Aurangabad-Ellora - Ajanta-Mumbai

PRICE

Starting from Rs 3,71,900/- to Rs 4,02,530/-

Mumbai has so much to offer to everyone that wants to explore it. Check out these other awesome things to do in Mumbai

12) Hidden treasures of Gujarat

Imaging landing onto the magical white sands of Rann of Kutch. Imagine enjoying delicacies full of sweet flavor served to you in the sweetest manner possible. Imagine just riding through the whole experience of one of the friendliest states in a jiffy. Jiffy is exactly what 7 nights and 8 days would feel like when aboard this train. Starting from Mumbai, you will pass through sites that will be etched in your memory forever.

 

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Mumbai - Vadodara - Palitana - Sasan Gir - Somnath- Little Rann of Kutch Modhera - Patan - Nashik - Mumbai

PRICE

Starting from Rs 3,71,900/- to Rs 4,02,530/-

Also check out these Luxury Trains in India

13) Splendor of the South

Want to explore the much talked about devotional side of South India? Want to ride through the magic of backwaters? Want to explore the fun urban touch that Bangalore offers to India? Also want to witness the famous architectural heritage of South? Well then this 7 night 8 day package is simply perfect for you. OFfering all the above mentioned, this week starting and ending in Bangalore would make you devotional and enchanted at the same time.

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Bangalore - Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Thanjavur - Madurai - Thiruvananthapuram - Alleppey - Kochi - Bangalore

PRICE

Starting from Rs 31,000/- to Rs Rs 1,40,000/-

14) Maharashtra Wild Trail

This is the best melange of exploring the wild side of Maharashtra while on board one of the most luxurious trains in the country. This 7 nights and 8 days are filled pure with breath taking sights of wilderness and sides of Maharashtra that you might witness only once in a lifetime. A complete heaven in terms of greenery and unseen wildlife, this tour is definitely a must take for all wildlife lovers.

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Mumbai - Ellora Caves - Aurangabad - Pench -Tadoba - Ajanta - Nashik - Mumbai

PRICE

Starting from Rs 3,04,500/- to Rs 3,30,750/-

15) The Indian Splendor

Maharaja Express is really true to it’s name. It makes you feel like a complete King as it takes you to all the places that Kings have ruled at in the past. More importantly, it makes you feel like one. This 7 nights and 8 days are one of the closest that you can get to royalty. Everything inclusive, this tour takes you around Rajasthan, Delhi and Agra in a completely unparalleled manner. Hop on at Delhi to enjoy an experience of a lifetime.

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Delhi - Agra - Ranthambore - Jaipur - Bikaner - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Balasinor - Mumbai

PRICE

Starting from Rs 4,11,528/- to Rs 16,30,973/-

And the best of them all

16) Palace on wheels

We have all grown up being in awe of Palace on wheels. Every kid has wanted to hop on to this magnificent train to enjoy a royal experience. The services offered inside are of another level and it is an experience worth having for sure. This 7 night 8 day journey is the kinds you will never forget. The royalty will rub on to you in such a manner that it will take forever to fade off.

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Delhi - Jaipur - Sawai Madhopur - Chittorgarh - Udaipur - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Bharatpur - Agra - Delhi

PRICE

Starting from Rs 59,527/- to Rs 2,76,990/-

*All the images except for the accredited ones are taken from wikimedia.

*All the prices are subject to change. Please check the official websites to plan your itineraries as well as to know the exact prices.

Train journeys will always remain our favorite type of journeys. Do let us know your favorite experience in a train or even otherwise, we would love to hear from you.

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