Rajdhani Express

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Rajdhani Express
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Mumbai Rajdhani at Mumbai Central
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Main Operation(s): India 1969 -
Fleet size: 24
Parent company: Indian Railways

Rajdhani Express is a a series of fast (called superfast in India) passenger train service in India operated by Indian Railways connecting New Delhi with other important destinations, especially state capitals. Rajdhani means "The Capital" in Hindi.The Rajdhanis are among the fastest trains in India after Shatabdi Express and Duronto Express to which they 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, dinner,[2] All Rajdhani trains offer three classes of accommodation: First Class AC with 2- or 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 Rajdhani Express trains, connecting New Delhi to Kolkata, Patna, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Ranchi, Jammu, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram. These trains have fewer stops than other express trains and halt only at state capitals and prominent cities. Indian Railways have also introduced Free wi-fi facility in Rajdhani Express Trains.[4] Dibrugarh and Bilaspur are the non - capital cities in India to have the Rajdhani Express originating from and terminating in it.

Routes[edit]

Name Train No. Sector Departure Arrival Arrival day Route Distance Frequency
Dibrugarh Rajdhani 12235 DibrugarhNew Delhi 19:25 13:50 3 New DelhiLucknowVaranasiMuzaffarpurSamastipurGuwahatiDibrugarh 2453 km Weekly
12236 New Delhi — Dibrugarh 09:30 05:30 3
Howrah Rajdhani
(via Gaya)
12301 HowrahNew Delhi 16:55 09:55 2 New DelhiKanpurAllahabadMughalsaraiGayaParasnathDhanbadHowrah 1447 km 6 Days/Week
12302 New Delhi — Howrah 17:00 09:55 2
Howrah Rajdhani
(via Patna)
12305 HowrahNew Delhi 14:05 09:55 2 New DelhiKanpurAllahabadMughalsaraiPatnaJasidihMadhupurHowrah 1530 km Weekly
12306 New Delhi — Howrah 17:00 12:35 2
Patna Rajdhani 12309 Rajendra NagarNew Delhi 19:00 07:35 2 New DelhiKanpurAllahabadMughalsaraiPatnaRajendra Nagar Terminal 1001 km Daily
12310 New Delhi — Rajendra Nagar 17:20 07:10 2
Sealdah Rajdhani 12313 SealdahNew Delhi 16:50 10:20 2 New DelhiKanpurMughalsaraiGayaDhanbadAsansolDurgapurSealdah 1454 km Daily
12314 New Delhi — Sealdah 16:30 10:15 2
Dibrugarh Town Rajdhani 12423 DibrugarhNew Delhi 20:35 10:10 3 New DelhiKanpurAllahabadMughalsaraiPatnaBarauniNaugachiaKatiharGuwahatiDibrugarh 2438 km Daily
12424 New Delhi — Dibrugarh 14:00 04:50 3
Jammu Tawi Rajdhani 12425 Jammu TawiNew Delhi 20:40 05:40 2 New DelhiLudhianaChakki BankKathuaJammu Tawi 582 km Daily
12426 New Delhi — Jammu Tawi 19:40 05:05 2
Trivandrum Rajdhani 12431 TrivundramHazrat Nizamuddin 19:15 12:40 3 Hazrat NizamuddinKotaVadodaraVasai RoadPanvelMadgaonMangaloreShornurErnakulamKollamThiruvananthapuram 3149 km 3 Days/Week
12432 Hazrat Nizamuddin — Trivundram 11:00 04:55 3
Chennai Rajdhani 12433 ChennaiHazrat Nizamuddin 06:10 10:20 2 Hazrat NizamuddinAgraGwaliorJhansiBhopalNagpurWarangalVijayawadaChennai 2175 km 3 Days/Week
12434 Hazrat Nizamuddin — Chennai 16:00 20:15 2
Dibrugarh Town Rajdhani 12435 DibrugarhNew Delhi 19:20 13:50 3 New DelhiLucknowVaranasiHajipurGuwahatiDibrugarh 2459 km 2 Days/Week
12436 New Delhi — Dibrugarh 09:30 06:15 3
Secunderabad Rajdhani 12437 Secunderabad-Hazrat Nizamuddin 12:45 10:20 2 Hazrat NizamuddinJhansiBhopalNagpurSecunderabad 1660 km Weekly
12438 Hazrat Nizamuddin–Secunderabad 16:00 14:00 2
Ranchi Rajdhani 12439 RanchiNew Delhi 17:55 10:50 2 New DelhiKanpurMughalsaraiGayaBokaroRanchi 1305 km 2 Days/Week
12440 New Delhi — Ranchi 16:10 09:10 2
Bilaspur Rajdhani 12441 BilaspurNew Delhi 14:00 10:45 2 New DelhiJhansiBhopalNagpurDurgRaipurBilaspur 1501 km 2 Days/Week
12442 New Delhi — Bilaspur 15:45 12:00 2
Ranchi Rajdhani 12453 RanchiNew Delhi 16:40 10:50 2 New DelhiKanpurMughalsaraiDaltonganjRanchi 1341 km 2 Days/Week
12454 New Delhi — Ranchi 16:10 11:20 2
Mumbai Rajdhani 12951 MumbaiNew Delhi 16:40 08:30 2 New DelhiKotaRatlamVadodaraSuratMumbai 1384 km Daily
12952 New Delhi — Mumbai 16:30 08:35 2
August Kranti Rajdhani 12953 MumbaiHazrat Nizamuddin 17:40 10:55 2 Hazrat NizamuddinKotaRatlamVadodaraSuratMumbai 1377 km Daily
12954 Hazrat Nizamuddin — Mumbai 16:55 10:00 2
Ahmedabad Rajdhani 12957 AhmedabadNew Delhi 17:45 07:30 2 New DelhiJaipurAjmerAbu RoadPalanpurAhmedabad 934 km Daily
12958 New Delhi — Ahmedabad 19:55 09:35 2
Bangalore Rajdhani 22691 BangaloreHazrat Nizamuddin 20:20 05:55 3 Hazrat NizamuddinJhansiBhopalNagpurSecunderabadRaichurAnantapurBangalore 2365 km 4 Days/Week
22692 Hazrat Nizamuddin — Bangalore 20:50 06:40 3
Bangalore Rajdhani 22693 BangaloreHazrat Nizamuddin 20:20 05:55 3 Hazrat NizamuddinJhansiBhopalNagpurSecunderabadDhoneBangalore 2294 km 3 Days/Week
22694 Hazrat Nizamuddin — Bangalore 20:50 06:40 3
Bhubaneswar Rajdhani 22811 BhubaneswarNew Delhi 11:20 10:35 2 New DelhiKanpurMughalsaraiGayaBokaroAdraBalasoreCuttackBhubaneswar 1723 km 3 Days/Week
22812 New Delhi — Bhubaneswar 17:10 16:00 2
Bhubaneswar Rajdhani 22823 BhubaneswarNew Delhi 09:15 10:35 2 New DelhiKanpurMughalsaraiGayaBokaroTatanagarBalasoreCuttackBhubaneswar 1800 km 4 Days/Week
22824 New Delhi — Bhubaneswar 17:10 17:30 2

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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. 

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