NEW DELHI, INDIA, July 9, 2018 (Lanka Web): Religious tourism can be a boon not only for the tourism industry but for other industries associated with it too. Keeping this in mind, the Indian Railways has decided to launch a train service that will cover all locations that are linked to the famous Hindu epic Ramayana - a journey that will start from a visit to Ayodhya, the birthplace of Hindu God Ram, and end at Colombo in Sri Lanka, where Sita was held captive by Ravan. With this initiative, the Indian Railways aim to cash in on a huge demand for religious tourism in the country.
The train, which will be called Sri Ramayana Express, would take a total 16 days to cover the Ramayana circuit that includes all the religious places. The first 800-seater train under the service would start its journey from November 14. Those who want to cover the last leg of the religious journey would have to opt for a flight from Chennai to Colombo. The journey within India, which will cover all religious destinations from Ayodhya to Rameshwaram, would cost around US$220 per person. The amount would also cover major expenses of your religious journey, including onboard train meals, night stays, changing and washroom facilities at dharamshalas. And depending upon the response, the authorities would decide whether the train would travel once or twice a year.