Indian Railways Navaratri Special ‘Vrat Thali’ Has Netizens Drooling. They Demand Home Delivery

by Tania Tarafdar
Indian Railways Navaratri Special ‘Vrat Thali’ Has Netizens Drooling. They Demand Home Delivery

Embarking on a train journey in India during Navratri? You won’t need to carry food along as IRCTC is offering a special Navratri menu comprising sabudana tikki, sabudana khichdi, singhadha aloo paratha, paneer makhmali, sitaphal kheer, kofta curry and more. The dishes are prepared without adding onion and garlic. Also, only sendha namak is used in the preparation of the dishes.


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The starting price of Navratri meals by IRCTC is just ₹99. The food will arrive directly at the seats. Passengers can place their orders via IRCTC e-catering website or by calling up on 1323. The passengers can avail of this service from 26 September to 5 October (from the first day of navaratri to Dusshera). IRCTC is accessing this service at 400 stations.

How To Order Vrat Thali?

An important point to remember is that only IRCTC trains offering e-catering facilities will provide the Navratri special ‘Vrat Thali’.

  • Firstly Choose the Outlet. The passengers need to fill in details such as their PNR number and then search for the eateries and restaurants close to their route.
  • After you are done searching the place, select Complete the Order. In this step, passengers need to select their food, place the order, and complete the payment if ordering online. They can choose the cash-on-delivery as well.
  • Follow just these 2 simple steps and you will receive your order delivered to your seat.

Netizens are very impressed with this exciting service of the Indian Railways. They are appreciating this launch of pure vegetarian food for the passengers during the auspicious occasion of Navaratri. Such new launches and initiatives are helping the Indian railways to grow, flourish, and provide better services to passengers.

After Ramayana & Buddha Circuit, IRCTC To Launch Shirdi Special Tourist Trains

Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has launched Ramayana, Buddha & Gurudwara circuit trains to boost spiritual tourism in India. Indian Railways now announces the launch of Shirdi special tourist trains for devotees of Sai Baba. Shirdi Yatra will commence on December 1 from Madurai. The special tour will take pilgrims across Shirdi, Pandharpur, Mantralayam and Shani Shingnapur. The 7-day package shall cost ₹7,060 per person. This includes GST and a train journey in sleeper class.

Indian Railways Launches Affordable Economy 3 AC Tier Coaches With Charging Ports, Reading Lights

Indian Railways has been making headlines in the last few months for its innovations and new installations. Railways rolled out its first air-conditioned three-tier economy class coach which is the cheapest and best AC travel in the world. The economy coach is equipped with world-class amenities with injury-free spaces and video screens. Here are all the new features in this coach.


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The New Coaches Have Charging Ports, Reading Lights And More; Special Arrangements For Differently Abled Passengers

The new coaches are equipped with charging points, reading lights and improved stairs for climbing to upper berths. Arrangements have been made for differently-abled travellers too. A toilet has been provided for those differently-abled. Wide doors will facilitate entry of travellers on wheelchairs into the coaches. For up to 300 kilometres, the fare is ₹440. For 4951 to 5000 kilometres, the fare is ₹3065.

There Are 11 Additional Berths In The New Economy Coach

The first LHB coach was rolled out from Kapurthala to Lucknow for the upcoming trial. With the increased number of berths, the new coach can carry around 72 to 83 people. The coach has many innovations like high-voltage electric switchgear placed below the under-frame. This feature enabled them to introduce 11 additional berths and increase passenger capacity. Indian Railways Also Gets New Glass-Domed Coaches With Rotatable Seats For Nature-Loving Travellers.


Seats & Berths Have A Modular Design With Video Screens

There are several improvements, but the best one is the disabled-friendly door. The AC ducting has been redesigned, and seats and berths have a modular design. There are foldable snack tables, holders for water bottles, mobile phone and magazines and also video screens. Plus, passengers will also have individual reading lights, and mobile charging points. Indian Railways To Serve Tea In Eco-Friendly Kulhad Instead Of Plastic Cup.

The Lavatories Have Improvised Elements

An easy ladder for accessing the middle and upper berths is also a new feature. In addition, the middle and upper berths also have an increased headroom. The Indian and western lavatories also have new and improvised elements. What’s more, the interior has luminescent aisle markers making it look aesthetically pleasing. There is also improved fire safety by ensuring compliance with the world benchmark of EN45545-2 HL3 for materials. Indian Railways Now Lets You Book Or Cancel Train Tickets 5 Minutes Before Boarding.

The new 3-tier air-conditioned economy class will make AC travel access to a larger number of people. Now every train journey will be a pleasant one.

This story was originally published on 5 April 2022 and has been updated on 26 September 2022.

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