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

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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.

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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

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.

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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.