Railways to begin Vistadome tourist special trains in Bengal, Assam from Saturday.
Railways to begin Vistadome tourist special trains in Bengal, Assam from Saturday.

Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) in its statement said on Friday that 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.

The charming 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. The GM of the northeast Frontier Railwaym Anshul Gupta said the special trains will be run on the two routes considering the immense tourism potential in the sector. 

The New Jalpaiguri- Alipurduar Junction Vistadome train will initially 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. For the credit of Assam,  the special Vistadome train service between Guwahati and New Haflong will initially run two days a week -- on Wednesdays and Saturdays -- with stops at Manderdisa and Maibong stations. The train will depart from Guwahati at 6:35 am and reach New Haflong at 11:55 am, covering a distance of 269 kms through the North Cachar Hill region. During the return journey, the train will leave New Haflong at 5 pm to reach Guwahati at 10:45 pm.

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