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160 words to Review- Contest

 

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Tea, Bamboo, Crude Oil, Brahmaputra, Silk, Natural Gas, Handicrafts, One Horned Rhinoceros, Elephants and the list goes on and on. The states namely Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram and Tripura which together bear the sweet name of ‘Seven sister states of India’ is the abode of all the vital gifts which are mentioned above.

From old times, India’s Seven Sister States has been the meeting point of many communities, faiths and cultures. A place far-famed for its magical beauty and flummoxing diversity, North East India is the home for more than 166 separate tribes speaking a wide range of languages. Some groups have migrated over the centuries from places as far as South East Asia; they retain their cultural traditions and values but are beginning to adapt to contemporary lifestyles. The luxuriance of its landscape, the range of communities and geographical and ecological diversity makes the North East quite different from other parts of the subcontinent. The most fascinating feature one can observe and enjoy in this part is the festivals and celebrations which are a vivid reflection of their lives.

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Arunachal Pradesh
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The 24th state of the Indian Union, Arunachal Pradesh is bounded by Bhutan to the west, Myanmar to the east, China to the north and north-east and the plains of Assam to the south. It is recognized to be one of the most resplendent, motley and multilingual tribal areas of the world. The place is dowered with thick evergreen forests with various streams, rivers and gorges and hundreds and thousands of species of flora and fauna covering more than 60% of the total area. The land of the Dragon gates, hundred pristine lakes and numerous waterfalls, situated high up in the misty-eyed Eastern Himalaya, TAWANG, is a one of the most famous tourist destination.

Tawang Monastery

Tawang Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh

Tawang Monastery, locally called Gumpha, and the world’s second highest pass, Se La Pass, are also among great attractions in the Tawang valley.

Another fine place which is in Arunachal Pradesh is Bomdila, which offers spectacular panoramic views of Himalayan landscapes and snow clad mountains. Bomdila, lies amidst apple orchards, wild orchids, forests and cascading waterfalls. Tipi, Asia’s largest orchidarium and Bhalukpong, a beautiful picnic are not the places to be missed.

The Zoo, Craft Centre, and Polo Park of Ita Nagar; the Pine covered mountains of Ziro; the Akashi ganga in Along; Dr. D. Ering Wildlife Sanctuary in Pasighat are the other mind blowing assets to visit.

 

One Horned Rhinoceros

One Horned Rhinoceros

 A state known for its breath taking scenic beauty, rarest flora and fauna, lofty green hills, vast rolling plain, mighty waterways and a land of fairs and festivals; Assam, is a gateway of north east. It forms part of a global bio-diversity “hotspot”, out of 41 listed endangered species of wildlife are found in Assam, which includes Golden Langur, Hoolock Gibbon, Pygmy Hog, Hispid Hare, White-Winged Woodduck, Tiger, Clouded Leopard, Swamp Deer, Gangetic Dolphins, etc.

The Srimanta Sankardeva kalakshetra, a grand exposition of the life and culture of the people of Assam is a wonderful place to visit in Guwahati. State Zoo cum Botanical garden; Dighalipukhuri, a water body in the heart of the city with boating facilities, cruises on the river Brahmaputra in the ‘Jolporee’, the famous Balaji Temple of Tirupati,Planetarium, the Saraighat Bridge over the Brahmaputra, the Guwahati Oil Refinery, Lachit Barphukan Park and the Guwahati University are places worth visiting.

Chandubi lake with a natural lagoon, Sualkuchi with its silk, Hajo with a meeting point of three religions( Hindu, Muslims, Buddhists), Majuli with the world’s largest river Island, Haflong with its rainbow, and Tezpur with its legends are the highlights of Assam.

The ‘land of gems,’ Manipur, is the land of rich valleys surrounded by beautiful hills and lakes, a land of blue blooded people who like to make merry. Due to geographical isolation and inaccessibility, Manipur remained almost unaffected by political vicissitudes in the subcontinent. The floating mass of vegetation on the Loktak Lake sustains small herds of the most unique ‘Sangai- the dancing deer.’

The largest freshwater lake in the north eastern India, Loktak Lake, rich in bio-diversity has made it the perfect home of avian life. The beauty of the lake has been enhanced by the presence of floating weed. Sendra Island in the middle of the lake, with a tourist cottage offers a spectacular view of the surrounding. Moirang, Langthabal, Kaina, Ulkhrul are some beautiful destinations to visit in Manipur.

The abode of the cloud, Meghalya, is endowed with a rich variety of flora and fauna. Of about 17,000 species of orchids in the world, around 3000 varieties are found in Meghalaya. A botanical wonder, the pitcher plant, an insect eating plant is found in the district of Jaintia hills, West Khasi hills and South Garo hills of the state. The interesting birds found in the state include Hornbills, King Vulture, Crested Serpent, Eagle, Partridges, Teals, Snipes, Quails etc.

One can visit the Shillong peak, Ward’s Lake, Botanical Garden, Lady Hydari Park, Elephant Falls, Spread Eagle Falls and a old 18 hole Golf Course in the “Scotland of East” i.e. Shillong. Jaintia hills, Jowai, and the paradise of Naturalists, Garo Hills fall among most visited tourist attractions.

The land of the highlanders, which celebrates the festivals like Mimkut, Chapchar kut and Pawl, Mizoram, has a beautiful range of colorful wild flowers. The people of Mizoram, Mizos,  are a close- knit society with no class distinction and discrimination on grounds of sex, status or religion. They are hospitable, sociable and love music, singing and dancing. Mizos are agriculturists, practising what is known as “Jhum Cultivation”or slash- and- burn system of cultivation.

One of the most well known enjoyable spots of Mizoram is Tamdil, which is endowed with a scenic lake with some of the most amazing locations of Mizoram in the backdrop. The resort village and the nearby jungles along with the fascinating flora and fauna have transformed this small location into a hustling tourism spot. Another major tourism attraction in Mizoram is Champai which is also known as the ‘fruit bowl of Mizoram’, as it is known for its vineyards

The land of Naga’s, Nagaland, is a hilly state whose hills are a continuation of the Burma Arc being joined with the Sub-Himalayan ranges in the north and stretching into the hills of Manipur. Even when the city is small, the people here speak many languages and differ widely in dress and other cultural traits, as well as in physical features. They belong to Mongoloid stock but yet there are great differences in the details between one tribe and other, as well as between different people of the same tribe.

The Ruins of the Medeival kachari Kingdom, Diezephe Craft Village, Rangapahar Reserve Forest situated in Dimapur are amazing destinations. Some of the alluring and popular places in Nagaland include the scenic Kohima, Mon, Wokha,Phek, Peren and much more.

Girded almost on the three sides by Bangladesh, linked with Assam and Mizoram in the northeast, the ancient home of Bodos, Tripura, has not only people hailing from different regions but also people constituting different ethnic groups. Each ethnic tribe has its own language and distinctive forms of cultural expressions, such as music, dance and festivals.

The Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary, located at a distance of 28 kms from the capital city of Agartala and on the way to Udaipur, the ancient capital of Tripura has an aura of its own. Neer Mahal, the royal summer palace built in the middle of Rudrasagar Lake is a fascinating view as the boat approaches the palace in the middle of the lake. Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya constructed the palace in 1930 perhaps inspired by the Lake Palace of Udaipur in Rajasthan and the palace was christened as Neer Mahal by none other than Rabindranath Tagore. The palace illustrates Mughal school of architecture with copious dome shaped minars. Jampui Hills, Dumboor Lake, and the temples are other soures of attractions in this state.

One must say that the seven states, “Paradise Unexplored,” is beautiful in many aspects and thus, a must-visit place to explore and enjoy

Paradise Unexplored – Seven Sister States of India

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Hyderabad- Blend of Traditions & Modernization

Hyderabad, a vibrant city in the state of Andhra Pradesh boasts to be a correct blend of Culture and Urbanization, of Mughal Cuisine and modern eateries.  A city that has evolved from a city of nizams to cyber city, yet remained grounded, Hyderabad can be soul stirring and colorful to the eyes of tourist.

Hyderabad is famous for a number of reasons, ranging from pearls to haleem, charminar to tech parks to name a few. Major tourist spots include:

The necklace road– One of the most popular boulevard in Hyderabad. The boulevard is complete with restaurants, stalls, recreational activities, and a wonderful view of the city of Hyderabad. Cuisine is also good all around, with the restaurants Eat Street and Water Front leading the charge of popular eating joints.

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Monolith of Lord Budha at Hussain Sagar Lake.

Hussain Sagar Lake– One of the largest man made lakes is situated at Hyderabad. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that it connects the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. A famous monolith of Lord Buddha is installed at the center of the lake.

Golconda fort– Golconda was the capital of the Qutb Shahi kings. The inner fort has ruins of palaces, mosques, a hill top pavilion rising about 130 meters high from the surroundings and several other public buildings. A nice way to spend your day, reliving the history and thinking back on how olden days were.

Charminar– The Charminar depicts the Indo-Saracenic tradition – a symbiosis of the Hindu and the Muslim traditions, which has woven the magic of a rich Deccani culture. The nightly illumination of Charminar is spectacular. A beautiful mosque is located at the western end of the open roof and the remaining part of the roof served as a court during the Qutb Shahi times. Charminar will remind you of the times when India was untouched by western culture. Crude and pure to its form.

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Char Minar- Hyderabad
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Shilparamam– Is the the arts, crafts & cultural village at Hyderabad.  Shilparamam is a kaleidoscope of India’s colour, diversity and talent. Shilparamam is conceived as an endless, year-round festival of arts and crafts showcasing ethnic art, crafts and skills of the rural folk from all parts of the country

Ramoji Film City– The classic Film City hosts a number of visitors around the studios on a guided tour. There are several settings in the studios which lead the visitors from streets of the Mauryan Empire or the Mughal Empire or even the American Old West. There’s also the famous Hollywood sign displayed on the hills at the studios.

Hyderabadi Biryani:- Popularly made from Basmati Rice and Lamb meat, The blending of Mughlai and Andhra Pradesh cuisines in the kitchens of the Nizam, resulted in the creation of Hyderabadi Biryani.

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Hyderabad Biryani
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Hyderabad has very strong educational body presence with world class colleges like ISB- Hyderabad, IIIT Hyderabad, Osmania University  and Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University to name a few. The city also boasts of the only  Facebook office in the country and many top IT companies. Along with immense business potential, Hyderabad also flaunts a backdrop in arts.

Visit Hyderabad not because of it is places, but to enjoy the cultural flavor of urbanization and Nizami values. One can enjoy the modernity of present life amidst powerful cultural presence here in Hyderabad.

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The wounds are still fresh -the story of Cellular Jail

Its 15th August the time to celebrate liberation from British. India will complete 66 years of Independence this August, but the joy of being independent has the grief of sufferings hidden behind it.

The British ruled over us and treated us like slaves, they developed superiority over us in the premises of our homeland. There are innumerable experiences of how the British ill-treated the Indians, one of the most ruthless being the practices of Cellular Jail in Port Blair. Visiting this place can arouse the feeling of patriotism in no time, it gives the sense of being the sufferers and the sense of being the fighters.

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Cellular Jail entrance also known as “Kaala Paani”

The Cellular Jail is situated in Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, It was built from 1896 to 1906. It is also called “KAALA PAANI” as it symbolizes darkness and suffering. It serves as a perfect epitome of the torturous practices of the British rulers over the innocent Indians. The Cellular Jail building had seven wings and at the center a tower was situated to act as the intersection, its purpose was to keep watch by the guards, each wing had three stories. There were no dormitories and a total of 693 cells. Each cell was 4.5 metres x 2.7 metres or 13.5×7.5 feet in size with a ventilator located at a height of three metre. No prisoner could see each other or converse with each other, they could only see black walls.

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Inside of Cellular Jail

                 

The prisoners included revolutionaries and activists, the British locked all those who tried to hamper their way in the quest of conquering India. Some popular names in the list are: Babarao Savarkar, Barindra Kumar Ghosh, Vaman Rao Joshi etc. The prisoner were treated inhumanly and were made to work as labourers during the course, many prisoners died while their stay at the prison. The cells were designed in a way that no one could interact or look towards each other, it served as solitary confinement without proper light and food, it was impossible to be out of the prison once sent it. Andaman and Nicobar itself was a place without much population and the prison by the British, made it an avertible place.

 Two out of seven wings were destroyed by earthquake and other two during the World War 2 by Japanese and it is left with 3 wings. Now the Cellular Jail is open for the visitors, it has a museum which shows the rooms, instruments used by torturing by British. It also has a gallery to showcase the pictures of the older times depicting the lives of prisoners. The Gobind Ballav Pant Hospital is now located in the premises of the Jail. The Cellular Jail National Memorial shows the importance of Andaman and Nicobar in the history of Independence. Andaman was named was named as “Swaraj” and “Shaheed” by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, he hoisted the Indian Flag to proclaim independence on 30th December 1943 at near the jail.

The Cellular Jail completed its 100 years in 2006, and various Indians who suffered in the jail premises during the British Regime where invited for the celebrations. The celebrations were in tribute to the Indians who served the nation in its dark age under the rule of British. The Cellular Jail is now one of the National Monument glorifying the deeds of rebellious freedom fighters. It speaks for the sacrifices by the Indians and celebrates the spirit of bravery. Now the place is recognized as pilgrim destination from being a torturous cell.

                           

The Memorial attracts many visitors, they want to be acquainted with the tragedies of the nation. There is a Light and Sound show every evening to remind the people of the sufferings and heroic attempts of the freedom fighters, it also gives a glimpse of the time spent by the prisoners with atrocities. There is a well maintained art gallery, garden for the visitors. Every corner of the place is worth exploring it stirs the sense of rising like a phoenix after the hard times.

On this occasion of India’s 66TH Independence Day we salute the freedom fighters who preferred the nation over their domestic lives. We have number of incidents that recall the brutality of the British like; ill-treatment of peasants, Jallianwala Bagh massacre etc. Here we have reviews from some visitors of the Cellular Jail that helps us to know how the place invokes within us the pride of being an INDIAN;

 

My trip to Andaman and Nicobar reminds me of cellular jail that is popularly known as “Kaale Paani ki Saja”. The moment you enter you are just reminded of great patriots Veer Sarvakar and Bahukeshwar Dutt who along with other Indians struggled for our Independence. Today we are moving freely in this independent India because of those patriots who lost their lives because of inhuman tortures some examples being; they were forced to drink urine, treated like animals, made to grind oil for continuous hours at a stretch, forced to sleep in 4-1 room less than the size of an adult human body, no water supply for drinking, no light, no food, and only work and work, these all practices are highlighted in the light and sound show. But still they had a sole aim and motto “ sar katega par jhukega nai”, it’s the freedom fighters who made are life worth living in a free, independent nation. We bow our heads with great reverence.

-Dr.Santokh Kataria

Chief medical officer (N.F.M.C)

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 Feeling after visiting the jail.

Thousands laid down their lives to let our country breathe this day, never forget their sacrifices.

“Azadi ki kabhi sham nai hone denge, shaheedo ki kurbanio ko badnaam na hone denge

Bachi hai jo ek bund garam lahu ki, desh ka anchal nilaam na hone denge”-         Mr.Tilak Raj Kataria, New Delhi

 

 

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Sneak peak into Delhi Metro Museum

Population of the capital Delhi is rising day by day, the population of 1483 sq km land is beyond 20 Million. Being one of the most populated cities, its requirements are reaching the sky; one of the necessity being the transportation facility. Like every expanding city, Delhi has dealt with ever increasing demand of better infrastructure and rapid transport mode available to general public.

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Delhi Metro Coaches

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Passengers traveling on Delhi Metro

Delhi Metro, being one of the first project of rapid transport system has helped to curb carbon footprint of the city as well as traffic problems. Its concept was introduced in 1997 whereas it operated from December 2002. When it comes to environment, Delhi Metro has been ISO 14001 certified by UN for its Eco-friendly construction strategies.

The establishment of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (DMRC) has provided relief and aid to the Delhiites, to travel in an easier way. It has helped the working people and students to a large extent, as they are the regular travelers. We all use the Metro transport services and seek its benefit to the fullest but the history of the Metro is unknown to most of us.

Inspired by the Transport Museum in London, DMRC has provided South Asia’s First “Metro Museum” to display a collection of panels, historic photographs and assorted exhibits at the Patel Chowk metro station premises. The museum helps us to explore the facts about the first modernised transport facility of India. The Metro museum has become a destination that showcases the revolution of Indian Transportation Services. One can easily reach through any means of transport to get answers for their curiosity, the museum is open 6 days a week, it is closed on Mondays. Curator services at the museum can be availed of from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m (Except Mondays).

The Metro Museum exhibits the 32 years long journey of DMRC from its formation, execution to operation. The place gives us details about every minor thing one would want to know about Delhi Metro. The museum shows how the Delhi Metro is a combined product of technology from Korea, Japan, France, Germany etc. The management style of the officials and working strategies of the employees are also put in a very creative way in the museum.  All the systems are automatic from train controlling to fare collection system.

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A visit to Delhi Metro Rail Museum

The Delhi Metro has covered the distance of 65km and 125km through phase I and II respectively, it is expected to cover 140km through the phase III. The construction has already begun and is expected to be completed by 2016, this time the officials have planned to construct ring lines to improve inter-connectivity by creating ring lines to avoid congestion. The Delhi Metro Master plan for phase IV is also ready and has the deadline of 2021. In total the metro will cover 240km by 2021. The aim is extend the existing lines and reduce the disturbance faced to travel from one corner to another. Delhi Metro has made the task of travelling to the outskirts of Delhi and NCR an easy task, it is most comfortable and reliable transportation system.

 When it comes to environment, Delhi Metro has been ISO 14001 by UN for its Eco-friendly construction strategies. One of the special feature about the Delhi Metro is it never sleeps, the maintenance staff is on duty after the last train to provide best services for the next day, the departments assigned work 24×7 according to shifts. By paying a visit to the Delhi Metro Museum we can gather all the information regarding its initialization, concept, technology, laurels and unknown stories behind its grand success.

Delhi Metro was the first rapid transit system in India. Other projects regarding the rapid transit facilities are: Rapid Metro Rail Gurgaon (2013), Jaipur Metro (2013), Chennai Metro (2014), Kochi Metro (2016), Mumbai Metro (2014) and Hyderabad Metro (2014). Ahmadabad, Bhopal, Chandigarh and other 10 cities have started their planning and construction for rapid metro services.

India will soon be a digitalised transport providing nation, providing its citizens with sigh of relief and contentment.

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Another Natural Disaster causing misery : Floods in Kerala

Natural Disasters have caused havoc and misery in South India after the Uttrakhand tragedy. The year 2013 is marked by the disasters caused by floods and ferocious rains, this monsoon turns out be a bad omen for the poor residents of Kochi/Idukki. The region experienced heavy rains and landslides in Cochin and adjoining area to Kerala, 14 deaths have been reported out of which 5 were a part of the relief team. Vehicles and people were trapped under the debris, the rescue volunteers were also stuck under the heavy mass of debris caused by the landslides.

The famous Siva temple near Aluva was flooded and submerged under water. As per the data available 14 lives lost and many more are missing, eight contingents of army and rescue teams have been appointed to clear out the disturbance caused. The increased water level of Periyar River caused the water logging, as the shutters of Idamalayar dams were opened which therefore results in reverse flow through the drainage of airport.

The Cochin International Airport was closed due to water logging on the runway, this was the first time the runway had been closed. Around 20-25 flights were affected due to the closure of airport. After the runway being cleared the taxis and parking is still waterlogged. Many flights were subverted and halted causing delay to widespread passengers. The Airport resumed its operation at the later half of 6th August, 2013.

The district comprises of poor fishermen and farmers and the discrepancy in the weather has changed their lives due to huge crop loss and property loss. The families have lost the ease to sustenance because of heavy rainfall as about 377(approx.) hectares of crop area has been affected. The government will take charge and compensate for the loss the common people have suffered said Mr. Oommen Chandy, the chief minister. The government has decided to grant Rs.2 lakh for the families who have lost their members and cultivated area. In all the government donated Rs.84 crores for the rescue operations and relief strategies.

The India Meteorological Department said in its forecast that heavy rainfall exceeding 7 cm to13 cm will occur over Kerala till the morning of August 7. The fishermen have been instructed not to venture in the sea for the next 2 days as the strong winds 45-55 kmph would accompany the heavy rains near the coastal districts. The IMD also forecasts the heavy rainfall will move toward the north soon.

The heavy rainfall has disturbed the life of the commoners to a large extent , the dis-balance in the climate patterns has been caused due to manmade strategies , the man is harming the environment for his luxuries and is being affected himself in the long run.

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A Glance into IRCTC Traveler’s Executive Lounge at New Delhi Railway Station

We all have traveled through Indian Railways and have faced chaotic environment at the platforms, one of the most chaotic being the capital, New Delhi Railway Station (NDLS). Waiting for delayed trains and wiling way the time because of the duration gap between two different trains has always been a tough task for all of us. Everybody wishes to spend the waiting hours peacefully without any kind of rush and the wish is granted with the inauguration of IRCTC Traveler’s Executive Lounge in the premises of the New Delhi Railway Station. IRCTC and SSP Catering India Pvt. Ltd. have collaborated to provide a five star waiting lounge for the sufferers at NDLS, opposite to platform no.16 towards Ajmeri Gate Side.

The lounge has been constructed like a luxurious hub and serves the passengers 24*7 in its best possible way, as this is the first waiting lounge on railway station in India. Spic and Span washrooms, air-conditioned lounge, mouth watering hygienic food, Wi-Fi connectivity, Luggage Racks, all under one roof that too at a Railway Station in Delhi, is truly a welcome step.

We explored The IRCTC lounge by interviewing the Sale Executive of the lounge by inquiring about the facilities available.

The excerpts of QnA session with Mr.Rohit Kumar:

Q. What is IRCTC Executive Lounge and what is its basic aim?

A. IRTC Lounge is an executive waiting lounge for the public who are the victims of the delays in train and a destination to spend the time gap between two different zones trains. It is an initiative by SSP catering India Pvt Ltd, a company that has constructed over 50 waiting lounges all over the country at the airport premises, and for the first time in India it has constructed at a railway station. It accommodates 125 persons at a time. The aim is to provide comfort to the passengers in way a hotel suite does.

 

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Inside of IRCTC traveler’s Executive Lounge at NDLS

 

Q. What are the charges for the entry in IRTC Lounge and what all services are included in it?

A. The entry is through a smart card and its charges are very affordable for all, just Rs.300 for three hours, which includes one main course buffet meal and snacks with unlimited beverages. It offers facility for shower by charging Rs.175 that includes a proper bathing kit comprising of a soap, shampoo, moisturizer, towel and shower cap. If u wish to stay more than 3 hrs, you are charged Rs.125 additional per hour which includes snacks and unlimited beverage.

Facilities available at IRCTC traveler's Lounge.

Facilities available at IRCTC traveler’s Lounge- Train Timing Display on LCD’s available.

 

Q. What are the other luxurious facilities provided?

A. The lounge is fully air-conditioned with comfortable chairs and sofas; It also provides recliners to relax. It provides Wi-Fi facilities free of cost to the ones carrying their devices, for those who are not can access the mini cyber-cafe by paying Rs.30 per half an hour. There is a convenience store which provides basic confectionery items, eatables, books by eminent writers (English and Hindi) these facilities are chargeable according to the MRP, the products can be bought by recharging the entry card. Magazines and Newspapers are also available to wile away the time. The lounge also offers entertainment facilities as each floor has its 42”inches LED television. Facilities such as fax, Photostat, scanning are also available with additional minimal charges.

Bird eye view of the Lounge.
Bird eye view of the Lounge.

 

Q. How is the luggage of the passenger taken care of?

A. Each floor has a separate section for keeping the bulky luggage safely with token number assigned to each passenger.

Q. What kind of catering services are provided and is the food prepared in safe and hygienic conditions?

A. The buffet includes a proper five course meal which comprises of vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian. The main course meal comprises of soup, rice, chapatti, 2 kind of vegetables, curd, salad, desert and snacks include cutlets, sandwiches etc. are served. Proper cutlery set is provided by the steward in exchange. The food is provided according to timings:

Breakfast – 6:30 AM TO 10:00 AM
Lunch-12:30 PM TO 3:30 PM
Dinner-7:30 PM TO 11:30 PM

The preparation area is hygienic and under the supervision of chef’s team, the entire kitchen is digital in nature including dish washing machine, refrigerator, induction cooking without any use of fire by keeping in mind the safety of the railway station.

Food section of the Lounge

Food section of the Lounge

Q. Are there any special facilities for senior citizens or physically challenged people?

A. There are wheelchairs available to assist senior citizens and physically challenged people.

Q. Does the lounge offer a different section for V.I.P’s or for group or families?

A. The lounge has two sections for group gathering one on ground floor another on 1st floor, it provides a separate television for the group, the condition is the group or family should comprise of at least 8 members. The charges remain standard Rs.300 per person.

Q. Does the executive lounge have its booking online?

A. Yes, people can book their stay for the waiting timings online by logging on to the official site, all the facilities are available for 24*7

Q. How are the employees available round the clock?

A. There are different shifts for different departments to enhance efficiency in the working of the lounge; the services are not hampered during the late hours.

Welcome Desk at Lounge

Welcome Desk at Lounge

The IRCTC Executive lounge has its tie-up with hotels like Leela Palace, and other hotels and travel booking sites as well as Travel agents. These tie-ups help the travelers to spend their free time before the train’s arrival or the time after checking out from hotels in the lounge.  The IRCTC Executive offers home like comfort and hotel like luxuries in a very minimal charge, it has served 30,000 guests by now. The authorities have got the permission to construct similar lounge at Old Delhi Nizamuddin Railway Station, as the first one has received positive feedback.

 

 

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