Rath Yatra 2017: Tourism department offers special tour packages

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) has launched special package tour programmes for the Rath Yatra like every year. With great rush for the tickets, most have been sold out but pilgrims can still avail few packages that will help them get a clear view of proceedings of the world famous festival.

The OTDC has developed the packages in three categories; two for pilgrims from Bhubaneswar and Cuttack and another for Sambalpur visitors. The cost of the packages range from Rs 1,999 to Rs 4,999 per head. The packages include AC transport, special guide services, seating arrangement on rooftops and breakfast to afternoon snacks and dinner (only for Sambalpur tourists) and guide services.

Two sites have been selected for the roof-top view of Rath Yatra; one is Grand Central Hotel and the other is the Jagannath Ballav Math in Puri, from where devotees can have a clear view of the Rath Yatra, said an official of the OTDC.

“In view of the huge demand, every year we provide this package service to guide and facilitate the visitors to have a hassle-free darshan of the trinity on Rath Yatra. Tickets of two of the packages have almost been sold out. There are still few seats available for one of the ex-Bhubaneswar packages,” the official added.

The bus will leave Bhubaneswar Panthanivas for Puri at 5.30 am on June 25 and the Panthanivas Sambalpur at 8 pm on June 24.

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