A new, cheaper, faster Rajdhani Express this Diwali between Delhi and Mumbai

Henrietta Strickland
October 14, 2017

"The special Rajdhani will initially run for three months - from October 16 to January 16 - for three days a week".

With the introduction of the new frontier train, the passengers will get much more convenient facilities and will be able to save their travel time and the tickets will also be light on their pockets.

Mumbai: Touted as Indian Railways' gift to passengers ahead of Diwali, the journey between Mumbai and Delhi on the Rajdhani Express will be cut down by two hours from October 16. The idea was to reduce the travel time by two hours with the current infrastructure and rolling stock. While the August Kranti Rajdhani takes around 17 hours to traverse the distance between the national capital, the Mumbai Central-Delhi Rajdhani covers it in just under 16 hours. The fare of the train, however, will be 20 per cent more than the base fare of the existing Rajdhanis on the route.

"It will have three stoppages between Delhi and Mumbai at Kota, Surat and Vadodra and will work on two engines", said Mohd Jamshed. It will depart from BDTS on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

The new train would not have flexi fares, where prices of tickets would jump depending on the demand, on booking a ticket. "The concession is between Rs 600-Rs 835", said Jamshed. In about 30 connecting trains which link the two biggest cities of India, the "special" Rajdhani Express will be the fastest and will ply at a speed of 130 kilometers per hour. Similarly, in case of AC three-tier, a passenger travelling in August Kranti Rajdhani is charged the maximum fare of Rs 3270 while Rs 2325 will be charged on this train. The second class AC will increase from Rs 2,367 to Rs 2,840 and the third class AC will cost Rs 1,624 to Rs 1,948. The train will have one first AC, two 2AC and twelve 3ACs. Catering and other services will be optional and will be an additional part of these fares.

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