Fast-mover advantage: Agra trip in lap of luxury

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New Delhi: If you want to make your next visit to the Taj Mahal a memorable experience, here is an option. Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a subsidiary of the Indian Railways, has come up with two luxurious tour packages offering an overnight stay at a five-star hotel, multi-cuisine meals, visit to the world-heritage monument besides the travel to and from Agra.

The tour packages will be available for passengers of the Gatimaan Express, which is being projected as the fastest train between Delhi and Agra. The inaugural run of the train - from Hazrat Nizamuddin to Agra Cantt - will be flagged off by Union railways minister Suresh Prabhu on April 5. According to officials, the train with 12 AC coaches will complete the journey in 100 minutes as against 117 minutes taken by the Shatabdi Express.

The booking for the tour packages started from Friday and will continue till May 31. There will be two options - single-day tour and an overnight stay. The cost of the packages ranges from Rs 2,100 to Rs 17,000 per head, depending on one's nationality and the kind of accommodation he/she opts for.

Source: TheTimeOfIndia

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