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Tuesday, 29 April 2014 - 12:16
Tracing the Ramayana route to Sri Lanka, by air and rail
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The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd has launched a pilgrimage tour to trace the journey of Lord Rama from Ayodhya to Nuwara Eliya, where Sita was held captive in Sri Lanka.

This is the first time that IRCTC, South Zone has embarked on the Lord Sita-Rama temples circuit.

The 2,200-km tour is divided into two parts: the visit to Sri Lanka is by flight for five days and to Ayodhya by train for 11 days.

About 30 pilgrims, aged above 55 years, participated in the maiden Sri Ramayana Yatra tour, in which six historical temples were showcased.

It included Sita temple, Ravanan temple and cave, Gayathri Peedam and Bhakta Hanuman temple among others.

In Nepal, the pilgrims will also visit Pashu-pathinath temple in Kathmandu, the Manakamana temple, and go sightseeing in Pokhara and Kushinagar.

On their way back to India, the pilgrims will get to see Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha.

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