A new high-speed train route could soon link up Madrid and Paris, Kashmir’s harshest winter period ‘Chilla-i-Kalan’ starts, Indian Railways to start Sri Jagannath Yatra train from January 25 and more in top stories of the day.
A new high-speed train route could soon link up Madrid and Paris
Italian train operator Trenitalia announced earlier this week that it intends to set up a direct Paris-Madrid high-speed rail route by 2024. The new service would use Trenitalia’s speedy Frecciarossa trains, which it has already rolled out for services between Paris, Lyon, Turin and Milan.
This will be a huge step towards complication-free rail travel across Europe. Trenitalia says its new line would stop in Barcelona and that its eventual plans include train connections between Spain and Italy, via France.
Kashmir’s harshest winter period ‘Chilla-i-Kalan’ starts
Kashmir on Tuesday witnessed temperatures dipping below the freezing point, a day ahead of the Chilla-i-Kalan, the harshest 40-day harshest winter period. It’s during this period that the cold wave grips the region, and when temperature drops considerably leading to freezing of water bodies, including the well-known Dal Lake, as well as the water supply lines.
Reportedly, Srinagar saw minimum temperature going down minus 4.2 degrees Celsius recently, whereas the famous ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district recorded minus 4.6 degrees Celsius. The weather department predicted that there is a possibility of rains or light snowfall in some parts of Kashmir around Christmas. There are also maximum chances of snowfall during this period, while most areas, especially in the higher reaches, will be receiving heavy snowfall. Chillai-Kalan will continue till the end of January, although the cold wave will continue even after that in Kashmir with a 20-day Chillai-Khurd (small cold), and a 10-day Chillai-Bachha (baby cold).
Indian Railways to start Sri Jagannath Yatra train from January 25
Indian Railways will be starting the Shri Jagannath Yatra tourist train that will embark on its maiden journey on January 25. This train has been launched under the Railways’ ambitious Bharat Gaurav initiative that will be covering prominent heritage and pilgrimage destinations of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, and Jharkhand.
The said train, apart from taking visitors to Puri’s Jagannath Temple, will also include a visit to the ancient holy city of Gaya, Varanasi, and the Baidyanath Dham temple in Jharkhand’s Deoghar. The said train will start its journey from Delhi’s Safdarjung railway station on January 25 and return on February 1. Tourists will also have options to board or deboard the train at Aligarh, Ghaziabad, Tundla, Kanpur, Etawah, and Lucknow stations.
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