Recently a ‘New Year Pondicherry Package with Tirupati Balaji Darshan’ for 4 nights/5 days was announced by The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). This train journey is said to cover Kolkata, Tirupati, Chennai, Kanchipuram, Pondicherry, and Mahabalipuram.
Apparently, only 20 tourists are allowed to be a part of this package. The tour starts on December 29, 2021, and ends on January 2, 2022, as per the IRCTC website.
Reports have it that the tariff for the trip starting from Kolkata will cost INR 45180 per adult; for adults on twin share, it will cost INR 34710 per person.
The Tirupati Balaji Darshan package will include an air ticket for Kolkata-Chennai, Chennai-Kolkata, all sightseeing and transfers by AC Vehicle, deluxe category, breakfast, and dinner, accommodations, sightseeing as per the itinerary, travel insurance, and VIP Darshan ticket of Tirupati Balaji.
COVID-19 related guidelines
IRCTC has issued an advisory to ensure the safety of all travelers amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and new Omicron scare. The advisory states that it is mandatory to get thermal screening for all passengers. It is also required to get the e-registration done. The further rules will be updated from time to time.
Things to remember before starting the trip:
- It is mandatory for all passengers to download the Aarogya Setu App.
- It is mandatory for the travelers to carry an RT-PCR negative test report that has been taken within 48 hours of the journey. Travelers found with a negative RT-PCR report will be sent back to origin on the same day.
- Reports written by hand will not be accepted.