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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,[1] 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.[2] The first Rajdhani Express left New Delhi station for Howrah station to cover a distance of 1,445 km in 17 hours 20 mins.[3]
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Old rake of Howrah-New Delhi Rajdhani Express
Mumbai Central-New Delhi Rajdhani just before Borivili
Mumbai Central-New Delhi Rajdhani Express.
Comfortable interiors of a First Class AC compartment in Rajdhani Express

Rajdhanis get highest priority on the Indian railway network.[3] They are fully air-conditioned.[2] 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.[3] 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.[2] 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, Durgapur, 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.
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

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