Ramayan Yatra Express will offer only vegetarian foods to travellers
- The second ‘Shri Ramayana Yatra’ will start on December 12
- The first ‘Shri Ramayana Yatra’ started on November 7
- IRCTC said the latest initiative was taken to ‘encourage vegetarian friendly railway services’
The 'Shri Ramayan Yatra' train will get the "vegetarian certification" on Sunday. The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) issued a statement regarding the same on Saturday. The ‘Shri Ramayana Yatra’ will start on December 12. It is the second tour. The first tour started on November 7.
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The train, which will cover various religious places across India, will get the vegetarian certification from the Sattvik Council of India, a non-profit organisation that has been established to promote the certification of vegetarian food.
"In order to encourage vegetarian friendly railway services, the SCI in association with Bureau Veritas (global audit partner) will provide ‘vegetarian certification’ to ‘Shri Ramayan Yatra’ on Sunday at Safdarjung railway station,” IRCTC said in a statement, PTI reported.
The Indian Railway also said vegetarian-friendly foods on the train are dedicated to the vegetarians and vegans travelling to holy places in the Indian Railways.
"IRCTC base kitchens, executive lounges and platforms will also be vegetarian certified to ensure vegetarian-friendly travel," it added.
According to PTI, the ‘Shri Ramayana Yatra’ rail travel across destinations such as Ayodhya, Nandigram, Janakpur, Sitamarhi and Varanasi. Each journey will be of 16 nights and 17 days, and tourists can board this train at Delhi’s Safdarjung railway station.
On November 13, PTI reported IRCTC will promote "vegetarian-friendly travel" by getting some trains "sattvik certified", especially those running on routes connecting religious sites.
The Sattvik Council of India, in a statement, said it has tied up with the IRCTC to introduce services that fit the requirements of vegetarians and promotes vegan travelling to holy destinations.
In the release, it also said IRCTC has an "understanding" with it and has decided to seek "certification" for some of the trains that go to pilgrimage destinations like the Vande Bharat express to Katra, the end stop for Vaishno Devi temple.
This formula is likely to be replicated in around 18 trains, it said.
The Indian Railways got an overwhelming response for its Ramayana circuit tour. The first tour of ‘Shri Ramayana Yatra’ saw 100 per cent occupancy.