It’s time of the year when people transcend to their home from all across India. One can see the enormous rush at every travel options available to people in India. They very atmosphere during this season is believed to kindle the nostalgia among all of us. People love to head over to their ancestral villages and make the most of it.This festival is considered to bring peoples to their roots. It has been considered as the festival which inculcates the feeling of love among the people. We as a humans are wired to find appreciations and love from our near and dear ones. This festival gives true definition to our quest for love.
In order to curb the heavy trafficking during holi season, Indian Railways has made several additional arrangements which include the following:
- The Railways operates additional trains from time to time around periods marked with high demand from passengers.
- Of the four trains announced, the Gorakhpur-Mumbai-Gorakhpur, Ranchi-Anand Vihar Terminal-Ranchi and Ramnagar-Howrah-Ramnagar will be operated on a weekly basis, according to the Northern Railway.
- Train No. 05007/05008 will be run between Ramnagar and Howrah, 02597/02598 between Gorakhpur and Mumbai, 08617/08618 between Ranchi and Anand Vihar, and train No. 02071/02072 between Mumbai and Jammu, it said in a press release dated February 13.
- The Ramnagar-Howrah, Mumbai-Jammu Tawi and Ranchi-Anand Vihar Holi special trains will be operated with AC 2 Tier/3 Tier coaches, among others. The Ramnagar-Howrah Holi special will include six sleeper class coaches, according to the press release. The Gorakhpur-Mumbai Holi special will comprise sixteen general class coaches. The Mumbai-Jammu Tawi-Mumbai Holi special service will comprise AC superfast trains.
- The weekly Holi special train service will depart from Ramnagar to Howrah at 6:15 p.m on four Fridays (from February 16 to March 9). In the return direction, the Howrah-Ramnagar weekly special will depart from Howrah at 8:35 am on four Sundays (from February 18 to March 11).
- From Gorakhpur to Mumbai, the Holi special train will depart at 8:25 am on four Saturdays (from February 17 to March 10). From Mumbai to Gorakhpur, the Holi special train will depart from Mumbai at 2.20 pm on four Sundays (from February 18 to March 11).
- The special train will depart at 1:55 pm from Ranchi to Anand Vihar “every Saturday from 11.02.2018 to 10.03.2018 at 02:05 pm”, the press release noted. The train from Anand Vihar Terminal to Ranchi will depart at 10:50 pm every Sunday from February 18 to March 11.
- The Mumbai-Jammu Tawi-Mumbai AC superfast special train will depart from Mumbai at 6:45 am on March 2. It will depart from Jammu Tawi to Mumbai at 7:25 am on March 4.
- The Lokmanya Tilak Terminus-Barauni Holi special train will leave Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 2:20 pm on four Thursdays from March 8 to March 29. On the return journey, the train will will depart from Barauni at 5:15 pm on four Tuesdays from March 6 to March 27, according to a press release dated by February 14 by the Central Railway.
As we are aware that Holi is primarily associated with making fun and relishing the sweet treats, Railrestro shares some hand-picked Holi festival foods one should check-out during the homecoming train travel trip:
- Gujiyas: Also known as “Star Sweet Of Holi”. Native to Rajasthan, gujiyas are sweet dumplings made of maida or flour and filled with a delightful khoya and dry fruits mixture. The festive favourite in three different avatars – Baked Gujiya, Chocolate Gujiya, Coconut Gujiya. The prime difference that lies among these variants are the fillings that are used inside the Semolina (suji).
- Malpuas: Malpua is a traditional sweet of north India, it is a pancake like Indian dessert, fried in ghee and dipped in sugar syrup. From the traditional recipe to one with a healthy ingredients, we have it all! Some of the healthy variants include Paneer Malpua and Ragi Malpua.
- Bhaang ki Pakori: Bhaang is a popular intoxicating drink prepared during the festival of Holi. According to legend, bhaang is considered to be an auspicious drink which was consumed by Lord Shiva. Give your Holi soiree an extra kick with these high spirited treats.
- Thandai: Holi festival falls in the beginning of summers and this is the time to share something cool and refreshing drinks which can soothe the body. This serves as the best traditional drink during the Holi festival. With rich ingredients like almonds, saffron, milk etc, this serves as the best treat for people who come to celebrate the Holi Milan gathering at your place. If you are ordering food in train, don’t forget to check for cool thandai shakes.
Prepare yourself for an overdose of all this sugar and spice. Even the food coma you’ll be in for days afterwards will be well worth it. After all, you get to use ‘Holi’ as an excuse only once a year. Order food in train and get discounts from Railrestro this Holi festival season.
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