India’s government has launched a new initiative to connect major pilgrimage sites through its Vande Bharat Express trains. The initiative, known as “Dham Yatra”, aims to make it easier for people to visit these sites and strengthen the country’s religious tourism sector.
The Vande Bharat Express trains, which were introduced in 2019, are India’s fastest train, capable of traveling at speeds of up to 180 km/h. They were designed to provide passengers with a comfortable and efficient mode of transportation between major cities.
Under the Dham Yatra initiative, the government will operate special Vande Bharat Express trains to connect major pilgrimage sites such as Badrinath, Dwarka, Puri, and Rameswaram. The trains will have dedicated coaches for passengers with disabilities, and will also feature on-board facilities such as WiFi and entertainment systems.
The initiative has been welcomed by religious leaders and tourism officials, who see it as a way to boost religious tourism and promote India’s cultural heritage. The country is home to some of the world’s most important religious sites, and attracts millions of visitors each year.
The Dham Yatra initiative is part of the government’s broader efforts to promote tourism and improve transportation infrastructure in the country. The government has invested heavily in upgrading and expanding India’s transportation network, including railways, highways, and airports.
The Vande Bharat Express trains are a key component of this strategy, as they provide a fast and efficient mode of transportation for people traveling between major cities. They are also designed to be environmentally friendly, with features such as regenerative braking and energy-efficient lighting.