The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, in order to promote 'HeliTourism' - tour and travel by helicopter, has joined hands with Pawan Hans ( one of South East Asia's largest helicopter service provider), and users of IRCTC can now book air tickets for helicopter just as they do booking of train tickets.

Pawan Hans, national helicopter company of India, provides executive helicopters and corporate helicopters

IRCTC, a PSU of Indian Railways and Pawan Hans, a PSU of civil aviation ministry and signed a MOU to implement a project known as 'Heli Project' . Under this project both organizations will make use of each others capabilities and facilities to give a major fillip to tourism in India.

Under the agreement, IRCTC will provide its platform to its large user base to book tickets for helicopter charted services and joy rides.This is believed to be a major step to realize the enormous potential of air tourism in this region.

Apart from ticket booking, both parties will also combine to offer customized travel packages to their customers. What it means is that, you can now login to IRCTC to book a train ticket for a part of journey and may be a helicopter for a place where trains don't go.

IRCTC has already been providing helicopter rides to tourists for an aerial view of Mumbai. The Memorandum of Understanding will give a cutting edge to such an effort.

Pawan Hans also has widespread reach to travelers in country with network of branches and offices facilitating "travel by helicopter" across the country.

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