Rajdhani Express

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This article is about the passenger train service in India. For the train-service provider in Sri Lanka, see Rajadhani Express. For the upcoming film, see Rajdhani Express (film).
Rajdhani Express
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Rajdhani Express
Overview
Main Operation(s): India
Fleet size: 24
Parent company: Indian Railways

Rajdhani Express is a series of fast passenger train service in India operated by Indian Railways connecting New Delhi with other important destinations. Rajdhani means "The Capital" in Hindi. The Rajdhanis are among the fastest trains in India along with Shatabdi Express and Duronto Express and get highest priority on the Indian railway network.

History[edit]

Rajdhani Express was introduced in 1969,[1] for providing fast connections (up to 140 km/h or 87 mph, speed variation depending upon the particular track section) from New Delhi to the capital cities of various states in India. The first Rajdhani Express left New Delhi station for Howrah station to cover a distance of 1,445 km in 17 hours 20 mins.[2]

About[edit]

Rajdhanis get highest priority on the Indian railway network.[2] They are fully air-conditioned.[3] Passengers are served complimentary meals during the journey. Depending on the duration and timings of the journey, these could include morning tea, breakfast, lunch, high tea and dinner.[2] All Rajdhani Express trains offer three classes of accommodation: AC First Class with 2-berth and 4-berth lockable bedrooms, AC 2-tier with open berths (bays of 4 berths + 2 berths on the other side of the corridor) with curtains for privacy, and AC 3-tier (bays of 6 berths + 2 berths on the side) with curtains for privacy.[3] Currently there are 24 pairs of trains, connecting New Delhi to important cities across the country. These trains have fewer stops than other express trains and halt only at prominent stations. The Indian Railways has also introduced free wi-fi facility in Rajdhani Express trains.[4]

Routes[edit]

Name Train No. Sector Route Distance
Dibrugarh Rajdhani 12235 DibrugarhNew Delhi New DelhiLucknowVaranasiMuzaffarpurSamastipurGuwahatiDibrugarh 2453 km
12236 New Delhi — Dibrugarh
Howrah Rajdhani
12301 HowrahNew Delhi New DelhiKanpurAllahabadMughalsaraiGayaParasnathDhanbadHowrah 1447 km
12302 New Delhi — Howrah
Howrah Rajdhani
12305 HowrahNew Delhi New DelhiKanpurAllahabadMughalsaraiPatnaJasidihMadhupurBarddhamanHowrah 1530 km
12306 New Delhi — Howrah
Patna Rajdhani 12309 Rajendra NagarNew Delhi New DelhiKanpurAllahabadMughalsaraiPatnaRajendra Nagar Terminal 1001 km
12310 New Delhi — Rajendra Nagar
Sealdah Rajdhani 12313 SealdahNew Delhi New DelhiKanpurMughalsaraiGayaDhanbadAsansolDurgapurSealdah 1454 km
12314 New Delhi — Sealdah
Dibrugarh Town Rajdhani 12423 DibrugarhNew Delhi New DelhiKanpurAllahabadMughalsaraiPatnaBarauniNaugachiaKatiharGuwahatiDibrugarh 2438 km
12424 New Delhi — Dibrugarh
Jammu Tawi Rajdhani 12425 Jammu TawiNew Delhi New DelhiLudhianaChakki BankKathuaJammu Tawi 582 km
12426 New Delhi — Jammu Tawi
Lucknow Rajdhani 12429 LucknowNew Delhi New DelhiGhaziabadMoradabadBareillyLucknow 493 km
12430 New Delhi — Lucknow
Trivandrum Rajdhani 12431 TrivundramHazrat Nizamuddin Hazrat NizamuddinKotaVadodaraVasai RoadPanvelMadgaonMangaloreShornurErnakulamAlappuzhaKollamThiruvananthapuram 3149 km
12432 Hazrat Nizamuddin — Trivundram
Chennai Rajdhani 12433 ChennaiHazrat Nizamuddin Hazrat NizamuddinAgraGwaliorJhansiBhopalNagpurWarangalVijayawadaChennai 2175 km
12434 Hazrat Nizamuddin — Chennai
Dibrugarh Town Rajdhani 12435 DibrugarhNew Delhi New DelhiLucknowVaranasiHajipurGuwahatiDibrugarh 2459 km
12436 New Delhi — Dibrugarh
Secunderabad Rajdhani 12437 Secunderabad-Hazrat Nizamuddin Hazrat NizamuddinJhansiBhopalNagpurSecunderabad 1660 km
12438 Hazrat Nizamuddin–Secunderabad
Ranchi Rajdhani 12439 RanchiNew Delhi New DelhiKanpurMughalsaraiGayaBokaroRanchi 1305 km
12440 New Delhi — Ranchi
Bilaspur Rajdhani 12441 BilaspurNew Delhi New DelhiJhansiBhopalNagpurDurgRaipurBilaspur 1501 km
12442 New Delhi — Bilaspur
Ranchi Rajdhani 12453 RanchiNew Delhi New DelhiKanpurMughalsaraiDaltonganjRanchi 1341 km
12454 New Delhi — Ranchi
Mumbai Rajdhani 12951 MumbaiNew Delhi New DelhiKotaRatlamVadodaraSuratMumbai 1384 km
12952 New Delhi — Mumbai
August Kranti Rajdhani 12953 MumbaiHazrat Nizamuddin Hazrat NizamuddinKotaRatlamVadodaraSuratMumbai 1377 km
12954 Hazrat Nizamuddin — Mumbai
Ahmedabad Rajdhani 12957 AhmedabadNew Delhi New DelhiJaipurAjmerAbu RoadPalanpurAhmedabad 934 km
12958 New Delhi — Ahmedabad
Bangalore Rajdhani 22691 BangaloreHazrat Nizamuddin Hazrat NizamuddinJhansiBhopalNagpurSecunderabadRaichurAnantapurBangalore 2365 km
22692 Hazrat Nizamuddin — Bangalore
Bangalore Rajdhani 22693 BangaloreHazrat Nizamuddin Hazrat NizamuddinJhansiBhopalNagpurSecunderabadDhoneBangalore 2294 km
22694 Hazrat Nizamuddin — Bangalore
Bhubaneswar Rajdhani 22811 BhubaneswarNew Delhi New DelhiKanpurMughalsaraiGayaBokaroAdraBalasoreCuttackBhubaneswar 1723 km
22812 New Delhi — Bhubaneswar
Bhubaneswar Rajdhani 22823 BhubaneswarNew Delhi New DelhiKanpurMughalsaraiGayaBokaroTatanagarBalasoreCuttackBhubaneswar 1800 km
22824 New Delhi — Bhubaneswar

Gallery[edit]

Incidents[edit]

On 26 June 2014,at least four passengers were killed and eight injured when the Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express derailed at Golden Ganj station near Chapra in suspected sabotage by Maoists. The train was heading towards Dibrugarh .[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mumbai-New Delhi Rajdhani Express turns 40". Times of India. 20 May 2012. Retrieved 4 Sep 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Rajdhani Express and Duronto Express Trains". MakeMyTrip.com. Retrieved 4 Sep 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Rajdhani Express". yaatra. Retrieved 4 Sep 2012. 
  4. ^ "Railways launches Free Wi-Fi Service to access Internet in Rajdhani Express". Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  5. ^ http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-06-25/news/50855820_1_goods-train-derailment-east-central-railway-sabotage

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