The Ministry of Indian Railways has prepared a draft policy 2017 for promoting tourism. “Tourism will be one of the frontline activities with the railways and the scope will be increased by focusing on domestic and international tourists and by making value-addition to tourism products, especially designed for this segment,” the draft reads.
According to the draft, railway will position the following products for each segment – Luxury Tourist Trains, Semi-Luxury Tourist Trains, Buddhist Special Train, Bharat Darshan Trains, Astha Circuit Trains, State Tirth Trains, Flexi-package Tourist Trains, Ordinary Tourist Trains, Ordinary Tourist Coach, Dedicated Tourist Coaches, Hill Tourist Trains, Steam Tourist Trains, Value-added Tour package, and Foreign Tourist Quota.
IRCTC, the tourism arm of the Indian Railway, will position itself as a onestop shop for all the requirements of both domestic and international tourists. In addition to rail based tourism, IRCTC will strive to work out a link between railways, other infrastructure earning agencies and tour operators.
“Booking of specialized tourism products will be done online through the websites of IRCTC or State Tourism Corporations. The charging principle of tourist trains will be decided separately on case-to-case basis,” reads the draft. The draft toursim policy has been posted on the official website of the Indian Railways. Tour operators, citizens can send in their suggestions on [email protected] till April 24.