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    By: Rang7 Team November 5, 2011
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For people in North India who wish to visit the religious place of Shirdi in Maharashtra, the Indian Rail Catering and Tourism Corporation (“IRCTC”) will launch a special train from Chandigarh to Shirdi on December 14.

The IRCTC had launched a similar special train in August this year. Based on the positive response on that tour, the special train episode is being repeated again.

The train will leave from Chandigarh railway station on December 14 and reach Shirdi railway station on December 23. On the way the train will halt at Ambala, Saharanpur, Bareily, Shahjadpur, Lucknow and Kanpur railway stations.

The per person passenger cost for this special train will be Rs. 4617/- and this includes a number of amenities and facilities such as served meals, including bed tea, stay, excursions on the way and the return fare and Local sightseeing.

Shirdi is the abode of one of Maharashtra’s most famous religious saint, Shri Sai Baba and a vast temple complex has been built here dedicated to him. Thursdays are days of special darshan and pujas at the temple. Other important religious places to visit there are Dwarkamani Mosque where the Baba meditated and slept on alternate nights,  Gurusthan, the Kandoba Temple, Shani Mandir, Narsimha Mandir, Changdev Maharaj Samadhi and the Sakori Ashram.

Passengers will also get a chance to visit and stay for one day near the Ajanta and Ellora Caves enroute to Aurangabad.  Several other places enroute to Shirdi will also be visited.

The nine day tour also includes trips to Bodhgaya, the Buddhist pilgrimage town in Bihar famous for the Mahabodhi Temple, the Jagannath puri Temple situated in coastal town of Puri in Orissa and the Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara Temple in Madurai in the state of Tamil Nadu.

Station superintendent Praveen Kumar said, "We are expecting a 100 percent booking as the offer is very reasonable for a middle class family. The passengers in this train would get a chance to visit all three 'Jyotirlingas' during the Bharat Darshan".

Complete details of the tour are available on the website of IRCTC as well as the booking counters, from where one can also confirm and reserve their train tickets. Mahesh Sharma, manager tour, IRCTC said, “People will find the trip economical and we are expecting around 500 devotees boarding the train from the city.”

Situated in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, Shirdi is close to Nashik, Igatpuri and Dahanu.

 

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