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SRI CHITRAKOOT DHAM ki Jai !!!

Chitrakoot, "the hills of many wonders" is indeed a gift of nature and the gods. Located in the Satna district of modern Madhya Pradesh (M.P), on the banks of river Paisuni (Mandakini), Chitrakoot is a tranquil retreat on the northern spur of the Vindhyas. Just 6 km south of Karvi and 72 km south east of Banda district on the road to Allahabad, Chitrakoot Dham is one of the most ancient holy pilgrim places of India. Legends have it that it was the abode of Lord Rama, his wife Sita and brother Lakshman for twelve years of their fourteen years of exile. This is also the place, where they came in contact with sage Atri and sati Anasuya. This abode of the gods is credited to have seen the incarnations of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Chitrakoot ,sacred with the touch of Lord's feet, was where Goswami Tulsidas, the creator of the epic "Shri Ramcharitmanas" spent many years of his life. Tulsidas, the saint-poet of Hindi has spoken very reverently of this place in all his major works.

As a regular feature of IYS, the next IYS yatra will be going to Sri Chitrakoot Dham. More than 700 young boys are expected to benefit from this unique opportunity & get innumerable unforgettable experiences of the beautiful dham.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

Unmarried boys above 18 years of age chanting at least 6 rounds of the Hare Krishna mahamantra since 1-Jan-2015. You should also have an IYS counsellor. If you don't, introduce yourself at retreats@iysmumbai.com

CHARGES:

Rs 2000 for Non-earning participants
Rs 2500 for Earning participants
Rs 3200 if you like AC accommodation (for both earning/non-earning participants). Charges do not include train fare.

REGISTRATIONS:

1. Please ensure with your IYS counsellor that your details (with photograph) are updated in the temple database.
2. Give your name and Rs 1000 advance to your IYS counsellor BEFORE 21-Dec-2014. Balance amount will be collected in last week of Jan 2015.

For any queries, email us at retreats@iysmumbai.com

TRAIN TRAVEL INFORMATION

LIST OF RECOMMENDED TRAINS FOR TRAVELLING FROM MUMBAI TO CHITRAKOOT
BOOKINGS FOR TRAVEL DATE OF 24-Feb-2015 WILL OPEN ON 26-DEC-2014.
Bus pickup facility will be provided on 25-Feb morning at the station for those arriving by the following trains:
Train No. Train Name Station From Departure Time Station To Arrival Time Travel Time Ticket Cost
24-Feb(Tue)25-Feb(Wed)
11069*TULSI EXPRESSLTT5:20CKTD5:2324:03565 (SL)
15017GORAKHPUR EXPLTT6:35STA3:5021:15505 (SL)
11065DARBHANGA EXPLTT12:15STA6:4518:30505 (SL)
11059CHHAPRA EXPLTT10:55STA4:5017:55505 (SL)
12336BHAGALPUR EXPLTT8:05STA2:0518:00535 (SL)
*Recommended First Preference: Book in 11069 Tulsi Express from CSTM to CKTD dated 24-Feb. (460 seats avl)
LIST OF RECOMMENDED TRAINS FOR TRAVELLING BACK FROM CHITRAKOOT TO MUMBAI
BOOKINGS FOR TRAVEL DATE OF 28-Feb-2015 WILL OPEN ON 30-DEC-2014.
Bus drop facility will be provided on 28-Feb evening for the following trains from Chitrakoot to Satna Jn only (not to Manikpur/Allahabad):
Train No. Train Name Station From Departure Time Station To Arrival Time Travel Time Ticket Cost
28-Feb (Sat)01-Mar (Sun)
11094MAHANAGARI EXSTA18:30CSTM14:1519:45520 (SL)
12142**RJPB CSTM EXPSTA20:20CST14:5719:10550 (SL)
15018***GKP LTT EXPSTA20:00LTT18:0522:05515 (SL)
11072KAMAYANI EXPSTA22:50LTT22:5024:00560 (SL)
11060CPR LTT EXPSTA20:40LTT15:5519:15515 (SL)
12742PNBE VSG EXPSTA23:10KYN20:5521:45540 (SL)
12166BSB LTT SUP EXPSTA2:25 (01-Mar)LTT21:30 (01-Mar)19:05545 (SL)
Satna Jn is on a very busy route and trains have very little reservation quota from Satna. You will, therefore, need to plan intelligently to get confirmed return tickets (Eg: Booking from a previous big station & boarding at Satna).

Recommended Preference1: Book from Satna in any of the above trains. (Only 20-30 seats avl in all trains)
**Recommended Preference2: Book in 12142 RJPB CSTM EXP from Mughalsarai (MGS) to CST & boarding at Satna (STA).
(18:37 Hrs/ Rs 630/ 430 Seats avl)
***Recommended Preference3: Book in 15018 GKP LTT EXP from Prayag Jn (PRG) to CST & boarding at Satna (STA).
(22:05 Hrs/ Rs 565/ 250 Seats avl)
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