Indian Railways introduced the concept of operating tourist trains on theme based circuits under the banner of Bharat Gaurav Tourist Trains. The journeys undertaken on these trains are on the diverse circuits which are offered in the form of tour packages wherein services like off-board travel and excursions by buses, stay at hotels, tour guides, meals, travel insurance etc are provided along with comfortable train journey and allied onboard services.
IRCTC’s Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train has a mixed composition of Sleeper (Non AC), AC III tier and AC II tier coaches. The exterior of these trains showcase popular Indian monuments, sculptures, landmarks, and dance forms etc which are an integral part of the country’s pride. These trains have a total capacity of around 600 - 700 seats and are fitted with infotainment systematic and CCTV cameras in common areas along with unarmed security in each coach. The trains have a well equipped pantry car for preparing fresh meals onboard based on regional cuisines served at the respective passenger seats.
Deluxe AC Tourist Train is a fully air-conditioned with only AC I and AC II tier accommodation onboard. The train has one dedicated modern kitchen car (flameless) and two rail restaurants giving it a very exclusive semi-luxury feel. It has been fitted with washrooms having shower cubicles, electronic safes in each cabin and common areas with single sofas with reading lights, foot massagers, shoe shiners, infotainment systematic and an in-house library. It also has security features like CCTV cameras in common areas with unarmed security deputed against each passenger coach. The total train capacity is 156 seats.
Government of Karnataka (GoK) has taken initiative to offer pilgrimage and heritage tour of Kashi, Puri and Dwarka by running Karnataka Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train in association with IRCTC. The fully air-conditioned tourist train has 11 AC III tier coaches to accommodate around 700 passengers onboard. The exterior of the train depicts prominent heritage and temples of the Karnataka state. The salient features of this train are a well equipped pantry car, security arrangements like CCTV cameras and unarmed security guards. The pricing has been kept affordable with the Government offering a subsidy to the pilgrims.