Thar Express

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Karachi Cantonment Railway Station, the starting point of the railway.[1]

Thar Express (Hindi: थार एक्सप्रेस, Urdu: تهر ایکسپریس‎) is an international train that connects Karachi, Pakistan to Jodhpur, India. Six kilometres apart, Munabao and Zero Point near Khokhrapar are the two last railway stations of the India-Pakistan border. Hyderabad (Pakistan). Mirpur Khas, Barmer and Balotra are some of the other stations. Bhagat ki Kothi is a railway station 5 km from Jodhpur Railway Station.

From India, the train departs Bhagat Ki Kothi in Jodhpur every Saturday 1:00 and arrives Munnabao (India side) at 7:00 in morning. After customs and visa checks, it leaves Zero Point (Khokhrapar, Pakistan) at 14:30 and reaches Karachi at 2:15 Sunday Morning.

From Pakistan, the train departs Karachi every Friday at 23:00 and arrives Zero Point at Khokhrapar in Pakistan at 8:00 on Saturday morning. After custom and visa check, the train arrives at Munnabao (Indian side) around 11:00. The Indian train departs Munnbao at 19:00 and arrives at Bhagat ki Kothi in Jodhpur at 23:50 Saturday.[2]

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Before the independence of Pakistan in 1947, the Sind Mail used to travel to Ahmedabad via the Hyderabad - Mirpur Khas - Khokhrapar - Munabao - Barmer - Luni - Jodhpur - Pali - Marwar - Palanpur - Ahmedabad route.[3]

The link was destroyed during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, but, on 18 February 2006, it was revived after a period of 41 years. The Thar Express is the oldest route, however, because it was damaged in the war it remained closed for 41 years. Upon restoration it became the new train service between the two countries.


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