BGT trips covered 2,26,489 Kms in 415 days benefitting 24,848 tourists/pilgrims
Southern Railway recorded a revenue of Rs.34 Crores from BGTs
With the objective of showcasing India’s rich cultural heritage and magnificent historical places to the people of India and the world, Indian Railways introduced the “Bharat Gaurav Trains” scheme with effect from 23.11.2021.
InSouthern Railway, the first service of the theme-based Bharat Gaurav roundtrip train service from Coimbatore North to SainagarShirdi was operated on 14.06.2022. So far, Southern Railway has operated a total of 50 tour itineraries till date. The 50th Bharat Gaurav train “Ganga Snana Yatra’ Diwali Special service started from Kochuveli on 09-11-2023 toPrayagraj- Varanasi & back on 9.11.2023.
Significant milestones of SR’s Bharat Gaurav Trains
The 50 Bharat Gaurav Train services operated by Southern Railway covered a distance of 2,26,489 Kms in 415 days. Benefiting 24,848 passengers/tourists/pilgrims, the Bharat Gaurav Trains covered popular tourist and pilgrimage destinations like Sai Nagar Shirdi, Kashi, Prayagraj,New Delhi, Mathura, Agra, TriveniSangam, Varanasi Temple visit(KasiViswanath, KasiVisalatchi, Annapoorani) Darshan of Sri Rama (DivyaDesam), Darshan of Sri DevarajaPerumal), Bathe in Ganges, ManasadeviMandir, Harikipauri, Akshardham, Darshan of Krishna Bhoomi, Govardhan, Gokulam, Parlivaidhyanath, Somnath, Hyderabad, Manthralayam, Kumbakonam, Kochi, Gaya, Ayodhya, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kolkata, Puri, Mysore, Hampi, Ajanta/Ellora caves, Goa, Ekta Nagar, Statue of UnityatKevadia Gujarat, Haridwar, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Rameshwaram, Madurai and Kodaikanal.
Southern Railway recorded a revenue of Rs.34 Crores from the operation of these 50 Bharat Gaurav trains apart from annual charges as was applicable. The Zone had allotted a total of 7 LHB rakes to the registered service providers.
Registered Service Provider
Presently, four Registered Service Providers (RSPs) are actively operating Bharat Gaurav Trains. Including these four RSPs, there are 11 entities whose applications have been accepted as Registered Service Providers (RSPs) through BGT online portal.
‘M’ and ‘C’ Property Development P. Ltd., Coimbatore has operated 12 trips of Bharat Gaurav Trains, M/s. Travel Times (India) P. Ltd., Chennai has run 10 trips, IRCTC/South Zone, Chennai has operated 4 trips while M/s. SRMPR Global Railways Pvt. Ltd., Chennai has operated 2 trips of Bharat Gaurav train services so far.
Value added services:
The Service Provider also provides value added services like Food and beverages, hotel accommodations, transport arrangements for local sightseeing, tour guides etc.
Thus, with the increasing patronage, Bharat Gaurav scheme leverages the core strengths of the tourism sector to run theme-based trains to tap the vast tourist potential of India.