Thursday, September 23

IRCTC’s hilsa tourism on monsoon platter

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To usher in unlocking and reopening of the tourism sector, IRCTC is set to launch monsoon ‘Hilsa Tourism’ for individuals and in groups of 20.
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, Eastern Zone, will be uploading its project details on its portal in the next few days, IRCTC (east) group general manager Debashis Chandra said. “For the first time, we are linking hilsa with tourism. Depending on the response we might have bigger plans with ‘ilish’,” quipped Chandra. The project, that will be launched in July-end, will be on till September when the monsoon bids adieu.
The Indian Railways subsidiary, which organizes tours to major destinations across the country, is now foraying into day-trips or tailor-made family bubble trips around the “hilsa” theme. Priced at a moderate Rs 2,500, one can opt for either Kolaghat or Diamond Harbour, the two hilsa fishing destinations. “We are tying up with two leading hotels — one on the banks of Rupnarayan for Kolaghat and another on the banks of the Ganga for Diamond Harbour,” said Chandra.

The day-trip will happen mostly on Sundays, tailored for individual families as well, in case one is reluctant to travel with groups. It will include morning pick-up and evening drop. Clients will be served breakfast, lunch and evening tea.

“The highlights of the package include the stopover at a hotel or resort for a sumptuous lunch, with three hilsa dishes, a trip around the hilsa fishing site and then back to the city. We will ensure that the best quality hilsa is served. Though the lunch will be prepared by the hotel, our staff will be there for support and insight, so that premium hilsa delicacies are dished out,” Chandra said.

Source: Times of India

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