Now UP govt to take pilgrims to Rameshwaram

Now UP govt to take pilgrims to Rameshwaram

RameshwaramLucknow, Jul 26 -(UNI) After the success of the communal harmony pilgrim tour organised by the Uttar Pradesh government to Pushkar and Ajmer Sharif, now the Akhilesh Yadav government has planned to take the pilgrims to Rameshwaram in extreme south under the ongoing Samajwadi Shravan Yatra. Official sources here today said that on the directives of the CM, now the state religious endowment department was gearing up to take the pilgrims to Rameshwaram and some other religious places in sourthern India within next 2-3 months time. Meanwhile, a group of 1,044 Hindus and Muslims, who were on a joint pilgrimage to Pushkar and Amjer Sharif in Rajasthan returned yesterday. The pilgrims were accorded a warm welcome at the Charbagh station yesterday afternoon by state relgious Endowment Minister Rajesh Mishra along with other senior officials. A special train of the IRTC had taken the pilgrims to Pushkar and Ajmer Shariff on July 23 and they returned after 48 hours. Around 10 Hindu and Muslims pilgrim each were selected from each of the 75 districts of the state for the Pushkar- Ahmer trip and similar process would be adopted for the south Indian trip slated next. The tour will be conducted by the state government, under the ongoing Samajwadi Shravan Yatra - a state sponsored pilgrimage started in March, with help of the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). In the first round, 900 devotees were taken to Haridwar and Rishikesh in Uttarakhand in March past. In the trip to Ajmer Sharif and Pushkar Teerth Raj in Rajasthan, the pilgrims got air-conditioned luxury buses after the train journey to travel to their destinations.The pilgrims were provided budget lodging and given a travel kit. Other than this, the pilgrims were also given morning tea, breakfast, lunch, evening tea - only on the train journey - and a nutritious dinner.

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