Bharat Gaurav Trains – UPSC Prelims

Bharat Gaurav Trains:
  • Aim: To showcase India’s rich cultural heritage and magnificent historical places to the people of India and the world.
  • Indian Railways has allocated 190 trains for this initiative.
  • Eligibility: These trains could be taken on a lease by any private player, state government or Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation(IRCTC) and run them on theme-based circuits.
  • Themes: The service provider can decide themes like Guru Kripa trains for covering Sikh culture’s important places, Ramayana trains for destinations connected with Lord Shri Ram among others.
  • Registration Fee: For interested players, the process has been made easy with one-step, transparent online registration. The registration fee will be Rs 1 lakh.
  • The operator has the freedom to decide the route, the halts, the services provided, and most importantly, the tariff.
  • Tenure of Lease: The tenure of right to use is a minimum of two years and a maximum of 10 years.
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