Guwahati, October 03: Started with four buses in 2012, that plied between Guwahati and Pasighat, Rayan Travels has recently made a unique move in the passenger transportation sector of Assam, rather Northeast as a whole. They have brought Assam’s first Full Sleeper (AC) coaches. Yes, you heard it right! These two beauties will soon be doing Shillong-Siliguri via Guwahati, covering a distance of more than 550 kilometres. The coaches have been introduced on a trial basis and more shall be brought if these two coaches run well on the route.
“We plan to start the service by October 06, if everything goes well. Both Shillong and Siliguri counters are positive regarding the service. The fare will be roughly around Rs 200-300 more than the non AC fare, more likely towards the lower end. ” says Adittya Ghosh, owner and CEO of Rayan Travels in a rendezvous with Team UniTreed. On being asked about the 2×2 arrangement of the coach, he said that they would incur heavy loss if they had gone for a 2×1 arrangement. He also informed that six more brand new Prakash built coaches (non AC) are arriving soon for the Aizawl route, by October last or November. “The Aizawl route is given the most preference, Aizawl and Agartala routes are the most important for us” he adds.
Rayan Travels is presently operating with a fleet of around 28 buses in six routes. The Aizawl and Karimganj routes were introduced in 2013. Patharkandi, Silchar and Agartala routes were introduced later. However, service had stopped on the Pasighat route. The Shillong-Siliguri route (of the new sleeper coaches) is the latest addition to routes. Adittya Ghosh also informed us that a Guwahati-Kolkata service is also being planned for next year.
So, before the coaches ply on the roads, here is a sneak peek (including interiors) for our viewers.
She does look mighty
Must feel amazing to drive one
Mild lighting, hence classy
After a test ride (had to be through dirt too)