Coming February ride in a semi luxury train ‘Assam Safari Express’ and enjoy the wilderness and nature’s beauty of Assam
Comfort of a semi luxury train and thrill of safaris into the wilderness of Assam will be up for grabs for tourists from next February as the Assam Safari Express would starts its two trips, back to back, for the first time in the State.
A dream project for development of Assam tourism, the initiative of the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) and Assam Tourism Development Corporation along with the Railways is getting its final shape in terms of cost-component and marketing, to make the ‘land and railway’ package more appealing and cost effective for the tourists.
The package will offer three types of exotic safaris in Assam, including elephant safari and jeep safari in Kaziranga National Park and boat safari in Dibru-Saikhowa National Park. The itinerary has already been finalised by both the organisations, which includes a six-night package covering places like Guwahati, Kaziranga, Sivasagar, Tinsukia and Dibru-Saikhowa.
‘Though it will be a semi-luxury train, our team is working to bring down the cost as much as possible before going into aggressive marketing for the package within the country as well as through our embassies to attract foreign tourists to Assam. The idea is to showcase the beautiful Assam with an irresistible package clubbing comfort and adventure,’ Debashish Chandra, Group General Manager IRCTC, East Zone told The Assam Tribune.
Reconnaissance on some aspects of the project is on after which the cost of the packages would be announced, and February 2, 2017 is the tentative date for rolling out the wheels.
‘IRCTC will be responsible for the train part of luxury that will offer lodging and transport, whereas the ATDC will look after the land package in Assam. The package also includes one-day Shillong and Cherrapunjee visit for the visitors,’ said ATDC managing director Anurag Singh.
‘However, it will be a unique package focusing on Assam’s famous wildlife and forests, tea and tea gardens, archeological heritage of the Ahom kingdom, Assamese cuisine, cruise on the Brahmaputra and most importantly, Assam’s hospitality,’ he added. The trip would start with a darshan of Kamakhya temple in Guwahati.
Some more inter-state routes and packages are being worked on, involving Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, etc.
Memorandum of Understanding
With the State promoting tourism through several new initiatives hence eyeing big ticket investment through public-private participation (PPP) mode, the ATDC and IRCTC have inked an MoU for collaborative ventures.
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