Monday, 13 September 2010

Fairy Queen planning special trips for Commonwealth Games

Gearing up for the Commonwealth Games, Railways are planning special trips of the Fairy Queen, the tourist train run by the oldest working engine in the world, during the mega event in October.

"We are planning special trips of Fairy Queen on October 9 and 10," a senior Northern Railway official said today.

Besides Fairy Queen, Railways are also planning to run special chartered trains to Agra and Jaipur for tourists during the Games. It is estimated that a good number of tourists including foreigners will come here during the October 3-14 mega sporting event. Fairy Queen, the prestigious tourist train hauled by the 150-year old steam engine, meanwhile, is scheduled to recommence its journey from October 23.

In order to facilitate foreign tourists, the International Tourist Bureau located at New Delhi Railway Station is being renovated to give it a new look and provide better aesthetics and facilities for tourists.

The foreign tourist quota has been increased and is being provided in all classes and in some of the important trains during the Games period.
Foreign tourists can also obtain Indrail Pass apart from reserved tickets in Indian rupees against encashment certificate and can travel whenever and in whichever train he or she likes within the validity period of the pass.

Two more counters will be added at the ITB and working hours will also be extended with the deployment of more staff during the Games, said the official. Apart from running special tourist trains, Indian Railway, the lead partner of Commonwealth Games, has undertaken a massive exercise of renovating New Delhi station, Nizamuddin station and Old Delhi station.


Orient Express Trips said...

It is good news that queen is planning special trip for commonwealth games so that they can advertise it more. More people come to know about it and Fairy queen is really nice.

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