Muffins and doughnuts for breakfast, a steaming lunch from an upmarket eatery in Allahabad and a five-star dinner from an inn in Kanpur – that is the manner by which the Delhi-Varanasi Train 18, to be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 15, plans to stimulate the taste buds of travelers.
Train 18 Offers Five-Star Level Food for Passengers
The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has chosen to re-appropriate cooking tasks for the train, on the other hand, called the Vande Bharat Express and set to keep running at 160 kmph, with an end goal to enhance the nature of food served to travelers.
“We have tied up with a hotel in Kanpur and dinner will be loaded there. Dinner will be served from Kanpur onwards for passengers coming from Varanasi and going to New Delhi. For travel between New Delhi and Varanasi, we will have lunch at Allahabad. The food outlet has not been finalised yet but it will be of a good brand,” said an IRCTC official on the condition of anonymity.
IRCTC is a backup of Indian Railways and handles providing food, the tourism, and online ticketing tasks.
The authority said the food would be packaged so that it would remain warm until it is served. The serving staff on the train – business activities begin on February 17 – will be prepared to be considerate to travelers and offer hand sanitizers at dinner times.
“For breakfast in the morning, we will not be serving the regular Indian Railway breakfast of cutlet and bread. There will be patties, muffins and donuts for breakfast,” the official quoted above added.
The Delhi-Varanasi Train 18 will total its journey in around eight hours, amid which travelers will be served breakfast, lunch and a bite. Amid a first run toward the end of last year, Train 18 turned into India’s quickest train when it hit a speed of 180 kmph.
The train has two classes of tickets, official class and seat vehicle, which incorporates providing food charges and the goods and sales tax (GST). As indicated by a senior Indian Railway official, a traveler making a trip from New Delhi to Varanasi by official class should pay Rs 3,310; a seat vehicle ticket is priced at Rs 1,760.
An official class ticket from Allahabad to Varanasi costs Rs 905 and a seated vehicle ticket on a similar course Rs 460, the authority included.