The Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC) is set to offer tours to Singapore and Malaysia in the second week of February next year. The five-night / six-day Mumbai to Singapore-Malaysia trip will be offered for Rs 69,000, as per a Hindustan Times report.
“Following the successful Dubai and Thailand packages, we are looking forward to the Singapore-Malaysia trip. We are also working on tours to European countries. Our efforts will be to cover all expenses such as visa, transportation, accommodation and meals in the same amount,” said Virendra Singh, Group General Manager, IRCTC.
By the next financial year, IRCTC plans to offer packages to explore European and Mediterranean destinations such as Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, Malta, Montenegro, Greece, Turkey and Egypt. Furthermore, IRCTC is also planning Mumbai-Dubai and Mumbai-Thailand tours in March next year for which the tour prices are yet to be decided.
In 2012, its Mumbai-Dubai tour was offered for Rs 36,479, while Mumbai-Thailand was for Rs 32,144. “In our plan, we try to cover maximum itineraries and control costs compared to the private operators. Generally, our fare is fixed, but it varies in case there is a wide fluctuation in the foreign currency or airport taxes. But these factors are common to all tour operators,” said Rahul Himalayan, Additional General Manager, IRCTC.