Railways cancels ‘Karwa Chauth special’ as only 4 couples sign up for 78 seats


Railways cancels ‘Karwa Chauth special’ as only 4 couples sign up for 78 seats

A special train service launched by the Indian Railways for a ‘dream holiday’ this Karwa Chauth season has been cancelled after only four couples signed up for the 78 seats on offer, ThePrint has learnt.

Karwa Chauth is a primarily north Indian festival where wives fast through the day — often without water — for husbands’ long lives. The ritual, which will be observed next Thursday this year, has been romanticised in Bollywood movies and soap operas as the ultimate expression of love and devotion.

It was this fervour that the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) looked to tap when it decided to run the Karwa Chauth special Majestic Rajasthan Deluxe, a repurposed rake, for the first time this year.

It was scheduled to run from 14 to 18 October, starting from Delhi’s Safdarjung station and going on to Agra, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer before returning to the national capital. Read more

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