Special ‘Guru Kirpa Yatra’ to bring ease for Sikh pilgrims from April

AMRITSAR: For the convenience of Sikh Pilgrims, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has planned to run the Bharat Gaurav Tourist train Under the rail tour package – Guru Kirpa Yatra, Sikh devotees will be able to visit five sacred Takht associated with the religion and other important Gurudwaras across the country.The 10 nights and 11 days journey will start on April 05, 2023, The boarding and de-boarding of the journey will be at four stations – Lucknow, Sitapur, Pilibhit, and Bareilly. The tour will conclude in Lucknow on April 15, 2023.
Senior BJP leader and Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency in charge Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina today hailed Centre government of Narendra Modi for initiating special ‘Guru Kripa Yatra Train’ for Sikh devotees to pay obeisance at various historic Gurdwaras. He said the entire Sikh Community is thankful to the Prime Minister for starting the new train from Amritsar and back for pilgrims from April 5 to April 15.

A total of 678 seats are there on the train. The Bharat Gaurav Tourist train will have three classes: Second AC, Third AC, and Sleeper Class. For travelling in 2nd AC, a person needs to pay Rs 48,275 for single occupancy, while Rs 39,999 for double and triple sharing. For the 3rd AC, a person needs to pay Rs 36,196 for single occupancy, while Rs 29,999 for double and triple occupancy. For Sleeper Class, a person needs to pay Rs 24,127 for single sharing, and Rs 19,999 for double and triple sharing.
Terming this to be the gift of the Centre to the community members, he said he along with BJP national general secretary Tarun Chugh had recently met and requested Prime Minister and Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw for this special train. “We are thankful to the Modi.The Sikh community will get an opportunity to visit their historical religious places through this single train”, said Mr. Chhina.
The train will run from Amritsar on April 5, 2023 and passing through Delhi and other states will go to Hazur Sahib in Nader and Bidar in Maharashtra. From here the train will go to Takht Sri Patna Sahib in Bihar and via Delhi will reach Sachkhand Sri Harmandar Sahib (Golden Temple) in Amritsar on April 15, 2023.
The food, stay and sightseeing will be included in the tickets for the pilgrims and the train would offer different categories of travelling in ACs, Sleepers and Non-Ac compartments for the devotees. Thus, the Sikhs from Punjab, Delhi and various other states would get an opportunity to pay obeisance at various historic Sikh shrines, he said. He said it was his efforts and that of Tarun Chugh that the PM, who himself has named the special train as ‘Guru Kripa’, has given the gift to the devotees on the auspicious occasion of Baisakhi. Earlier, the Centre government has started another Guru Kripa train from Lukhnow , connecting all the five holy Sikh Takhts.
He also appealed to the SGPC to take the burden of the tickets or at least help the devotees with the subsidized expenses to help the devotees to take the journey through the special train.

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