Rajdhani Express

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Rajdhani Express
राजधानी एक्सप्रेस
Rajdhani Express with LHB Coaches
Main Operation(s) India
Fleet size 22
Parent company Indian Railways

The Rajdhani Express is a series of express passenger train services in India operated by Indian Railways connecting New Delhi with other important destinations (mostly capital cities of other states). Rajdhani means "The Capital" in many Indian languages. The Rajdhanis are among the fastest trains in India along with Tejas Express, Gatimaan Express, Shatabdi Express and Duronto Express and get the highest priority on the Indian railway network.


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]


Rajdhani express gets the highest priority on the Indian railway network.[2] They are fully air-conditioned. 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) without curtains. Currently there are 22 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.[3] Recently Dynamic pricing has been introduced on all Rajdhani express trains.


There are currently 22 sets of Rajdhani Express operational:[4][5][6]

Name Train No. Sector Route Distance Speed (Average)
Dibrugarh Rajdhani 12235 DibrugarhNew Delhi New DelhiLucknowVaranasiChhapraMuzaffarpurKatiharNew JalpaiguriGuwahatiDimapurDibrugarh 2453 km 55 km/hr
12236 New Delhi — Dibrugarh
Howrah Rajdhani
12301 HowrahNew Delhi New DelhiKanpurAllahabadMughalsaraiGayaParasnathDhanbadHowrah 1447 km 84 km/hr
12302 New Delhi — Howrah
Howrah Rajdhani
12305 HowrahNew Delhi New DelhiKanpurAllahabadMughalsaraiPatnaJasidihMadhupurBarddhamanHowrah 1530 km 76 km/hr
12306 New Delhi — Howrah
Patna Rajdhani 12309 Rajendra NagarNew Delhi New DelhiKanpurAllahabadMughalsaraiPatnaRajendra Nagar Terminal 1001 km 79 km/hr
12310 New Delhi — Rajendra Nagar
Sealdah Rajdhani 12313 SealdahNew Delhi New DelhiKanpurMughalsaraiGayaDhanbadAsansolDurgapurSealdah 1454 km 82 km/hr
12314 New Delhi — Sealdah
Dibrugarh Town Rajdhani 12423 DibrugarhNew Delhi New DelhiKanpurAllahabadMughalsaraiPatnaBarauniKatiharNew JalpaiguriGuwahatiDimapurDibrugarh 2438 km 63 km/hr
12424 New Delhi — Dibrugarh
Jammu Tawi Rajdhani 12425 Jammu TawiNew Delhi New DelhiLudhianaPathankot CanttKathuaJammu Tawi 582 km 64 km/hr
12426 New Delhi — Jammu Tawi
Thiruvananthapuram Rajdhani 12431 ThiruvananthapuramHazrat Nizamuddin Hazrat NizamuddinKotaVadodaraVasai RoadPanvelMadgaonMangaloreKannurKozhikodeShoranurEranakulamAlappuzhaKollamThiruvananthapuram 3149 km 76 km/hr
12432 Hazrat Nizamuddin — Thiruvananthapuram 75 km/hr
Chennai Rajdhani 12433 ChennaiNew Delhi New DelhiAgraGwaliorJhansiBhopalNagpurWarangalVijayawadaChennai 2175 km 77 km/hr
12434 New Delhi — Chennai
Dibrugarh Town Rajdhani 12435 DibrugarhNew Delhi New DelhiLucknowVaranasiHajipurBarauniNew JalpaiguriGuwahatiDimapurDibrugarh 2459 km 58 km/hr
12436 New Delhi — Dibrugarh 55 km/hr
Secunderabad Rajdhani 12437 Secunderabad-Hazrat Nizamuddin Hazrat NizamuddinJhansiBhopalNagpurSecunderabad 1660 km 77 km/hr
12438 Hazrat Nizamuddin–Secunderabad 75 km/hr
Ranchi Rajdhani 12439 RanchiNew Delhi New DelhiKanpurMughalsaraiGayaBokaroRanchi 1305 km 74 km/hr
12440 New Delhi — Ranchi
Bilaspur Rajdhani 12441 BilaspurNew Delhi New DelhiGwaliorJhansiBhopalNagpurDurgRaipurBilaspur 1501 km 72 km/hr
12442 New Delhi — Bilaspur 74 km/hr
Ranchi Rajdhani 12453 RanchiNew Delhi New DelhiKanpurMughalsaraiDaltonganjRanchi 1341 km 76 km/hr
12454 New Delhi — Ranchi
Mumbai Rajdhani 12951 MumbaiNew Delhi New DelhiKotaRatlamVadodaraSuratMumbai 1384 km 88 km/hr
12952 New Delhi — Mumbai
August Kranti Rajdhani 12953 MumbaiHazrat Nizamuddin Hazrat NizamuddinKotaRatlamVadodaraSuratMumbai 1377 km 79 km/hr
12954 Hazrat Nizamuddin — Mumbai
Swarna Jayanti Rajdhani 12957 AhmedabadNew Delhi New DelhiJaipurAjmerAbu RoadPalanpurAhmedabad 934 km 68 km/hr
12958 New Delhi — Ahmedabad
Bangalore Rajdhani 22691 BangaloreHazrat Nizamuddin Hazrat NizamuddinJhansiBhopalNagpurSecunderabadRaichurAnantapurBangalore 2365 km 70 km/hr
22692 Hazrat Nizamuddin — Bangalore
Bangalore Rajdhani 22693 BangaloreHazrat Nizamuddin Hazrat NizamuddinJhansiBhopalNagpurSecunderabadDhoneBangalore 2294 km 68 km/hr
22694 Hazrat Nizamuddin — Bangalore
Bhubaneswar Rajdhani 22811 BhubaneswarNew Delhi New DelhiKanpurMughalsaraiGayaBokaroAdraKharagpurBalasoreCuttackBhubaneswar 1723 km 71 km/hr
22812 New Delhi — Bhubaneswar 74 km/hr
Bhubaneswar Rajdhani 22823 BhubaneswarNew Delhi New DelhiKanpurMughalsaraiGayaBokaroTatanagarKharagpurBalasoreCuttackBhubaneswar 1800 km 75 km/hr
22824 New Delhi — Bhubaneswar 76 km/hr
Goa Rajdhani 22413 Madgaon JunctionHazrat Nizamuddin Hazrat NizamuddinKotaVadodaraSuratVasai RoadPanvelRatnagiriKudalThivimMadgaon 2094 km 79 km/hr
22414 Hazrat Nizamuddin — Madgaon 81 km/hr



On 25 June 2014, at least four passengers were killed and eight injured when the New Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express derailed at Goldin Ganj station near Chapra in suspected sabotage by Maoists. The train was heading towards Dibrugarh .[7]

On the morning on 14th Sept, 2017, at around 6.00 a.m. IST, a coach of the Jamu Tawi-New Delhi Rajdhani Express derailed at the New Delhi station. According to a railway spokesperson, no one was injured in the incident.[8]

See also[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. Retrieved 4 Sep 2012. 
  3. ^ "Railways launches Free Wi-Fi Service to access Internet in Rajdhani Express". Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Rajdhani Express trains". Indian Railways. Retrieved 14 Feb 2010. 
  5. ^ "List of all Rajdhani Express trains". etrain.info. Retrieved 4 Sep 2013. 
  6. ^ "12424/New Delhi - Dibrugarh Town Rajdhani Express". indiarailinfo.com. Retrieved 4 Apr 2016. 
  7. ^ "Rajdhani Express derails near Chhapra in Bihar; Railway suspects 'sabotage'". timesofindia-economictimes. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Rajdhani Express coach derails at New Delhi Railway Station". timesofindia-indiatimes. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 

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