A long-awaited tourist train with a Vistadome coach will start its journey on August 28th, 2021 through the lush green forests and tea gardens of Dooars in north Bengal.
Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) said it will introduce Vistadome tourist special train services in two popular routes — Guwahati-New Haflong in Assam and New Jalpaiguri-Alipurduar Junction in West Bengal from Saturday, August 28th, 2021.
The train between New Jalpaiguri (NJP) and Alipurduar Junction through Dooars has already become an attraction among tourists as well as curious locals with all seats booked for this weekend.
The scenic route passes through the foot of the Darjeeling Himalayas at Sivok, crossing the Teesta river, the tea gardens of Bagrakot, Oodlabari, and Dalgaon to name a few, and the dense forests at Chalsa, Madarihat, and Raja Bhat Khawa.
Train Number 05777 New Jalpaiguri – Alipurduar Junction Tourist Special and Train Number 05778 Alipurduar Junction – New Jalpaiguri Tourist Special will run three days a week- Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The train will depart from New Jalpaiguri at 7:20 am and reach Alipurduar Junction at 1 pm covering a distance of 169 km through the Dooars Hill region of north Bengal.
During the return journey, the train will leave Alipurduar Junction at 2 pm and reach New Jalpaiguri at 7 pm. The train will stop at Siliguri Junction, Sevok, New Mal Junction, Chalsa, Madarihat, Hasimara, and Raja Bhat Khawa stations.
Vistadome tourist special trains: Specifications
The tourist train will have a Vistadome coach, two air-conditioned chair cars, and two non-a/c chair cars, apart from a luggage car and a power coach.
The Vistadome coaches have large glass windows and glass roofs to provide a 360-degree view of the open sky, mountains, tunnels, bridges, hills, and lush green forests to the tourists. It will also have observation lounges for the purpose of site seeing, an NFR official said.
The rotational seats of the coach are designed to provide added comfort to the passengers, the official added.
Vistadome tourist special trains: Ticket Fare
The Vistadome coach in the New Jalpaiguri-Alipurduar train with a 44-seat capacity will have a fare of Rs 770, the a/c chair cars will cost between Rs 300 and 400 per seat and a non-a/c seat will cost only Rs 85.