Srinagar, Oct 19: In a move to enhance the travel experience of tourists and locals , the recently inaugurated Vistadome coach is set to become a remarkable addition to the Budgam – Banihal – Budgam train route. The coach inaugurated by Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and LG Manoj Sinha promises an unforgettable journey through the breathtaking landscapes of the Kashmir Valley.
Chief Area Manager (CAM) Kashmir, Saqib Yousuf Yatoo (IRTS), told Rising Kashmir that the Vistadome coach's placement has been strategically chosen to optimize passengers' scenic viewing experiences, creating a truly exceptional travel adventure.
He said, "For a one-way journey, ticket prices are set at 940 rupees from Budgam to Banihal. Passengers seeking a round-trip experience need only pay 1880 rupees."
Saqib said passengers embarking on this picturesque journey will depart from Budgam at 9:10 AM, traversing through the stunning route to Banihal. The train will make stops at Srinagar, Awantipora, Anantnag, and Qazigund, eventually arriving at Banihal at 11:05 AM.
“For the return journey in the evening, the train will depart from Banihal at 4:50 PM, reaching Budgam at 6:35 PM. This schedule is thoughtfully designed to accommodate the preferences of tourists traveling to the region's various tourist spots, providing flexibility and convenience,” he added.
The manager said the Vistadome coach is a specially designed railway carriage that offers passengers a panoramic view of the surrounding landscapes. With a seating capacity of 40 passengers, the coach boasts wide windows, revolving chairs, and a glass roof, ensuring that travelers can enjoy uninterrupted views of the breathtaking surroundings throughout the journey.
The enchanting landscapes of Kashmir have long been a magnet for tourists from all over the world, drawn by the region's natural beauty. In response to the increasing number of travelers to the Kashmir Valley in all seasons, Indian Railways has introduced Vistadome services in the Kashmir region.
The Banihal-Baramulla section of the Indian Railways is known for its splendid journey across the Pir-Panjal Himalayan ranges and the Kashmir Valley, making the addition of the Vistadome coach a highly anticipated and exciting development for travelers.
This new Vistadome coach promises to redefine the travel experience for those exploring the stunning vistas of Kashmir, offering an extraordinary way to immerse in the region's natural beauty.