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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Rajdhani Express

Rajdhani Express
Rajdhani Express  is a passenger train service in India connecting New Delhi with other important destinations, especially state capitals. Rajdhani means "The Capital" in Hindi and other Indian Languages.

History

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


Rajdhani

Rajadhanis get highest priority on the Indian railway network. 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 lunch, high tea, dinner, morning tea and breakfast. Almost 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.

Mumbai Central-New Delhi Rajdhani just before Borivili
 Currently there are 24 pairs of Rajdhani Express trains, connecting New Delhi to Ahmedabad, Bangalore (2), Bhubaneswar(2), Bilaspur, Chennai, Guwahati/Dibrugarh(3), Hyderabad, Ranchi(2), Kolkata (3), Jammu, Mumbai (2), Patna and Thiruvananthapuram. These trains have fewer stops than other express trains. They halt only in state capitals and prominent cities like Vadodara, Bhopal, Ratlam, Nagda, Kota, Jaipur, Allahabad, Jhansi, Lucknow, Kanpur, Gaya, Balasore, Cuttack, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Asansol, Bokaro, Nagpur, Panvel, Kazipet, Surat and Raipur.


Besides Delhi three State Capitals Mumbai, Guwahati and Calcutta are served by more than one Rajdhani Express. For instance 9 pairs of Rajdhani Trains halt at Kanpur Central, as well as 5 pairs of Rajdhani Express trains halt each at Jhansi Junction, Bhopal Junction and Nagpur Junction.

Train No.Train NameJourneyFrequency
12301–12302Howrah RajdhaniNew Delhi → Kanpur Central → Allahabad → Gaya → Parasnath → Dhanbad → HowrahExcept Fri down and except Sunday up
12305–12306Howrah RajdhaniNew Delhi → Kanpur Central → Allahabad → Patna → Madhupur → HowrahOnly Friday down and Sunday up
12309–12310Patna Rajdhani ExpressNew Delhi → Kanpur Central → Allahabad → Patna → Rajendra NagarDaily
12313–12314Sealdah Rajdhani ExpressNew Delhi → Kanpur Central → Gaya → Dhanbad → Asansol → Durgapur → SealdahDaily
12951–12952Mumbai RajdhaniMumbai Central → Surat → Vadodara → Ratlam → Kota → New DelhiDaily
12953–12954August Kranti RajdhaniMumbai Central → Andheri → Borivali → Vapi → Valsad → Surat → Bharuch → Vadodara → Ratlam → Nagda → Kota → Sawai Madhopur → Mathura → Hazrat NizamuddinDaily
22823-22824Bhubaneswar Rajdhani ExpressNew Delhi → Kanpur Central → Gaya → Bokaro → Jamshedpur → Cuttack → Bhubaneswar4 days a week
22811-22812Bhubaneswar Rajdhani ExpressNew Delhi → Kanpur Central → Gaya →Bokaro → Adra → Cuttack → Bhubaneswar3 days a week
12439-12440Ranchi RajdhaniNew Delhi → Kanpur Central → Gaya → Bokaro → Ranchi2 days a week
12453-12454Ranchi RajdhaniNew Delhi → Kanpur Central → Daltonganj → Ranchiweekly
12423-12424Guwahati/Dibrugarh RajdhaniNew Delhi → Kanpur Central → Allahabad → Mughalsarai → Patna → Barauni → Naugachia → Katihar → Guwahati → Dibrugarh Town7 days a week
12235-12236Guwahati/Dibrugarh RajdhaniNew Delhi → Lucknow → Varanasi → Muzaffarpur → Samastipur → Guwahati → DibrugarhWeekly
12435-12436Guwahati/Dibrugarh RajdhaniNew Delhi → Lucknow → Varanasi → Hajipur → Guwahati → Dibrugarh Town2 days a week
12441–12442Bilaspur RajdhaniNew Delhi to Bilaspur → Jhansi, Bhopal, Nagpur, Durg, Raipur2 days a week
12957–12958Ahmedabad Swarna Jayanti RajdhaniNew Delhi to Ahmedabad → Jaipur, Ajmer, Abu Road, Palanpur, AhmedabadDaily
12429–12430Bangalore RajdhaniHazrat Nizamuddin to Bangalore via Raichur, Secunderabad, Nagpur, Bhopal, Jhansi4 days a week
12493–12494Bangalore RajdhaniHazrat Nizamuddin to Bangalore via Kacheguda-kurnool(but no stops) up to Secunderabad, Nagpur, Bhopal, Jhansi3 days a week
12433–12434Chennai RajdhaniHazrat Nizamuddin to Chennai via Vijayawada, Warangal, Nagpur, Bhopal, Jhansi2 days a week
12425–12426Jammu Tawi RajdhaniNew Delhi to Jammu TawiDaily
12437–12438Secunderabad RajdhaniHazrat Nizamuddin to Secunderabad via Kazipet, Nagpur, Bhopal, JhansiOnce a week
12431–12432Thiruvananthapuram RajdhaniHazrat Nizamuddin → Kota → Vadodara → Vasai Road → Panvel → Madgaon Junction → Karwar → Udupi → Mangalore Junction → Cannannore → Calicut → Shornur → Trichur → Ernakulam Junction (South) → Alleppey → Quilon Junction → Trivandrum Central3 days a week