Indian Railways Luxury Coaches Now Open To Public; Check Details Here
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has been a pioneer in so many ways, one of the things the IRCTC is known for is changing the face of railway ticketing in India.
In just a short span of time the official site of IRCTC going online, the site now has become the largest as well as the fastest-growing e-commerce website in the Asia-Pacific region, with about six lakh registered users last recorded in the year 2013.
Apart from conventional tourism, Indian Railways has also been also offering adventure tourism packages that include water sports, adventure and wildlife treks, etc. And now IRCTC has come up with a whole new initiative, the initiative of a privately-occupied saloon coach.
According Press Trust of India, these luxurious saloon coaches which are now open for public, initially were available for some top railway officials only. These top officials used the facility to reach remote areas not connected by road or air.
The first privately-occupied saloon coach has various facilities available in it. The coach has air-conditioned rooms, valet service and attached bathroom to its coaches, the journey was started with six customers last week of a private tour operating company as the Jammu Mail pulled out of the Old Delhi Railway Station. According to IRCTC, the cost of chartering a saloon coach is around Rs. 2 lakh.
These six VIP customers were the first passengers to experience the experience of travelling in a saloon car. The first charter service has been booked by M/s Royal India Train Journeys for its six premium customers who are travelling from Delhi to Jammu. The saloon has a living room, two air-conditioned bedrooms – one twin bedroom and the other similar to an AC First Class coupe with attached baths, dining area and a well-equipped kitchen.
Railway also provides the passengers with at least one AC attendant and one saloon attendant for ensuring hassle-free travel. The Four-day tour of the saloon coach is said to end on 2nd of April.
It was attached to the Jammu Mail at the Old Delhi Railway Station for onward journey to Katra. From now on, the saloons are available for charter for the common people and the details are available on the IRCTC website, it said.
Indian Railways currently has a total of 336 saloon cars across the entire railway zones, among them, 62 are air-conditioned, mentioned PTI.
The decision to make such saloons available to people was taken soon after a meeting of Chairman of the Railway Board, Ashwani Lohani, with travel and trade associations in Delhi in January this year.