Mahamana Express

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Mahamana Express
महामना एक्सप्रेस
Varanasi Mahamana Express Name Board
Service type Superfast Express
Mahamana Class.
First service 22 January 2016; 2 years ago (2016-01-22)[1]
Current operator(s) Indian Railways
On-board services
Class(es) Air Conditioned &
Non-Air Conditioned.
Seating arrangements Yes. Only In
Bhopal-Khajuraho Mahamana Express
Sleeping arrangements Yes.
Catering facilities Available On-Board Food, Drinks & Snacks.
Rolling stock Indian Railway ModelRake coaches
Track gauge Indian Gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed

Maximum : 110 km/h (62 mph)

Average : 55 km/h

Mahamana Express is a ModelRake based superfast express series trains operated by Indian Railways in India.

This train is named after and in honor to Pt. Shri Madan Mohan Malaviya (Mahamana), a freedom fighter & an educationist who established Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, which is one of the Asia's largest residential universities.

The first Mahamana Express train, Varanasi - New Delhi - Varanasi was flagged off by Shri. Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India on January 22, 2016 from Varanasi Junction through video conferencing.

The purpose of this train service is to provide passengers a much comfortable travel experience and connect metro cities to those small cities & stations under Indian Railways network which have less number of train services.

Model Rake[edit]

The train includes ModelRakes modified by Indian Railways under Make In India scheme. The coaches contain some modern facilities like:

  • Toilet: Bigger mirror, platform wash basin, controlled discharged water tap, odour control system, exhaust fans, LED lights, dustbin inside the toilet, All the toilets are fitted with bio toilets, in line with Indian Railways' vision to make tracks defecation free.
  • Ladder: Ergonomically designed Ladders for climbing up to upper berths provided in all coaches.
  • Side berths: Snack tables provided for side berth passengers also with innovative design side lower berth arrangement.
  • Windows: Windows with powered venetian blinds and roller blind instead of conventional curtains.
  • Lighting: LED based berth indicators for reserved coaches, and all other illumination.
  • Charging Points: Charging points made available for every berth.
  • Safety: Fire extinguishers in all coaches.
  • Pantry Car: Modular pantry with electric chimneys.


On three routes were Mahamana Express are running and one routes the train is running as holiday special.

Train No. Name Service frequency
22417/22418 Varanasi - New Delhi Mahamana Express 5
22163/22164 Bhopal - Khajuraho Mahamana Superfast Express 7
20903/20904 Vadodara - Varanasi Mahamana Express 1
19319/19320 Veraval - Indore Mahamana Express 1


  1. ^ "Shri Narendra Modi Flags Off Mahamana Express". Government of India. Press Information Bureau. 22 January 2016.

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