Railway Reforms

Bharat Gaurav Scheme to promote Tourism

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To tap the huge potential of tourism, the Railways has announced the ‘Bharat Gaurav’ Scheme.

Bharat Gaurav Scheme

  • Under this Scheme, theme-based tourist circuit trains, on the lines of the Ramayana Express, can be run either by private or State-owned operators.
  • Till now, the Railways had passenger segments and goods segments.
  • Now, it will have a third segment for tourism under the Bharat Gaurav.
  • The scheme has been developed after extensive stakeholder discussions and a lot of State Governments, including Odisha, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, have shown interest.

Key features

  • Service providers, who can be an individual, company, society, trust, joint venture or consortium will be free to decide themes/circuits.
  • They will offer an all-inclusive package to tourists including rail travel, hotel accommodation and sightseeing arrangement, visit to historical/heritage sites, tour guides etc.
  • They have full flexibility to decide the package cost.
  • The service providers will also be able to design/furnish the interior of the coaches based on the theme and put branding or advertising inside and outside of the train.

 

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