Karwa Chauth Train to Be Cancelled as Only Two Couples Sign Up
The idea was to rekindle romance in marriages on a train journey through the deserts of Rajasthan but the Indian Railways’ plan for a special 'Karwa Chauth' train service came a cropper with only two couples signing up, sources said.
The result: the Majestic Rajasthan Deluxe, which was launched to provide a 'dream holiday' to couples for a five-day tour of the state, stands cancelled, officials said.
They said only two couples booked tickets on the train which has 78 seats.
The train, part of the Indian Railway Catering And Tourism Corporation's (IRCTC) promotional offers, was to depart from the Safdarjung station in Delhi on 14 October and visit historical sites in Rajasthan like Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon ki Haveli, Gadisar Lake, Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Amber Fort and City Palace till 18 October.
In its promotional message, the IRCTC said, "This Karwa Chauth, give your wife a special gift which she will remember for ages."
Facilities included a personal digital locker, shower cubicle, foot massage and a seating area with single-seater sofas. Passengers were assured free insurance worth Rs 10 lakh each.
The source said the fares of the two couples will be refunded.
The festival of Karwa Chauth, in which a wife fasts through the day till moonrise for her husband's long life, falls on 17 October this year.
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