The winter holidays are just a day away now in many parts of India, which means that most people with travel plans would have set their plans in motion already. Tourism is at its highest in the winter months, with the hottest regions of the country like Rajasthan getting a lot cooler and more accessible and the beaches of the west and east coast getting nice and cool and bustling with actvities and shacks and parties. Goa, Kovalam and, of course, Visakhapatnam, will be teeming with tourists and travelers looking for a winter break. And anticipating demand, East Coast Railway has extended special trains for the holiday season and changed some of their timings. ALSO READ: Indian Railways Is Going to Speed up 500 Trains and Cut down Travel Time
The weekly Visakhapatnam-Tirupati special express train (number 08573) will run from January 1 to February 26, leaving the port city on Mondays at around 11pm every week. The returning train (08574) will leave on Tuesdays at 3.30pm and run from January 2 to February 27. The train will stop at stations like Rajahmundry, Vijayawada and Nellore along the way.
The railways have also extended the Visakhapatnam-Secunderabad special weekly express (08501) from January 2 to February 27, heading out every Tuesday. The return train (08502) will run every Wednesday for an extended period as well, from January 3 to February 27. This train too stops at places like Rajahmundry, Vijayawada, Warangal and Eluru. NOW READ: 9 Signs you absolutely love travelling by trains in India!
The winter holidays will see many people get out and explore the country, especially the warmer regions down south. The beaches of the east and west coast and the desert regions of Rajasthan will be full of travelers. More adventurous explorers will head to the chilly Himalayan mountains, were snowfall has already begun and so have some of the winter snow treks. With the wedding season on a break, you’ll also find newly-wed lovebirds celebrating all across India, warming up their cozy corners in the cold winter.