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Indian Railway Trains: Rajdhani Express

What are Rajdhani Express Trains?

In many Indian languages, the word Rajdhani means ‘the capital’. And just as the name suggests, Rajdhani Express is a series of trains that connect New Delhi, India’s national capital, with the capital cities or the largest cities of several states in the country. The first train in this series was introduced in 1969, which ran between New Delhi and Howrah in Kolkata. Currently, there are 24 pairs (48 in total) of Rajdhani trains connecting almost all major cities in India with the national capital. While most of these states have only one Rajdhani train, some states like Maharashtra, West Bengal, Assam, Odisha, etc. have more than one.

Features and Facilities of Rajdhani Trains  

  • Rajdhani is one of the premium trains operated by Indian Railways and also counts among the fastest trains in the country
  • Rajdhani trains get priority over many other trains on the Indian railway network
  • These trains have fully air-conditioned coaches. In fact, Rajdhani is the first fully air-conditioned train introduced by Indian Railways
  • The ticket charges of Rajdhani trains are inclusive of food and you will be served meals on board. Based on the timings and duration of your journey, you will be served morning tea, breakfast, lunch, high tea in the evening, and dinner at night
  • Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food options are available
  • Rajdhani trains have seats in 3 travel classes, namely 1 AC, 2 AC, and 3 AC. The 1 AC coaches are coupes with locking facility while 2 AC coaches have curtains for privacy.
  • These trains have fewer stops compared to many other trains
  • In some Rajdhani Express trains, you can also enjoy free Wi-Fi
  • Additional facilities in Rajdhani trains include power ports and blankets, pillows, and linen

Rajdhani Express Routes

Currently, Rajdhani Express trains are operating to and from almost all Indian states except for Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Rajasthan. Most of these are long-distance trains with over 24 hours of journey duration. The Rajdhani Express connecting Delhi and Jammu Tawi has the shortest route and journey time (582 km/ about 9 hours). The longest Rajdhani route is from Trivandrum Central in Kerala to Hazrat Nizamuddin in South Delhi (3,149 km/ about 46 hours).

List of Rajdhani Trains

Here’s a complete list of Rajdhani trains running across the country, with timings, timetable, other details, as of July 2019:

S.No Train No. From To Departure Arrival Departure Days
1 12301 (via Gaya) Howrah Junction (HWH) New Delhi (NDLS) 16:50 10:00 All days except Sundays
2 12302(via Gaya) New Delhi (NDLS) Howrah Junction (HWH) 15:55 9:55 All days except Sundays
3 12313 Sealdah (SDAH) New Delhi (NDLS) 16:50 10:35 All days
4 12314 New Delhi (NDLS) Sealdah (SDAH) 16:25 10:10 All days
5 12305 (via Patna) Howrah Junction (HWH) New Delhi (NDLS) 14:05 10:00 Sundays
6 12306 (via Patna) New Delhi (NDLS) Howrah Junction (HWH) 16:55 12:15 Fridays
7 12309 Rajendra Nagar T (RJPB), Bihar New Delhi (NDLS) 19:00 7:40 All days of the week
8 12310 New Delhi (NDLS) Rajendra Nagar T (RJPB), Bihar 17:15 5:30 All days of the week
9 12423 (Via Barauni) Dibrugarh Town (DBRT), Assam New Delhi (NDLS) 20:35 10:15 All days of the week
10 12424 (Via Barauni) New Delhi (NDLS) Dibrugarh Town (DBRT), Assam 16:10 7:00 All days of the week
11 20505 (Via Hajipur) Dibrugarh Town (DBRT), Assam New Delhi (NDLS) 19:20 13:55 Thursdays 
12 20506 (Via Hajipur) New Delhi (NDLS) Dibrugarh Town (DBRT), Assam 9:25 6:15 Thursdays and Sundays
13 20503 (Via Muzzafarpur) Dibrugarh (DBRG), Assam New Delhi (NDLS) 19:50 13:55 Thursdays
14 20504 (Via Muzzafarpur) New Delhi (NDLS) Dibrugarh (DBRG), Assam 9:25 5:15 Tuesdays
15 12441 Bilaspur Junction (BSP), Chhattisgarh New Delhi (NDLS) 14:00 10:55 Mondays and Thursdays
16 12442 New Delhi (NDLS) Bilaspur Junction (BSP), Chhattisgarh 15:45 12:00 Tuesdays and Saturdays
17 22413 Madgaon (MAO), Goa H Nizamuddin (NZM) 11:00 16:55 Mondays and Sundays
18 22414 H Nizamuddin (NZM) Madgaon (MAO), Goa 10:55 14:20 Fridays and Saturdays
19 12431 Trivandrum Central (TVC), Kerala H Nizamuddin (NZM) 19:15 16:55 Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
20 12432 H Nizamuddin (NZM) Trivandrum Central (TVC), Kerala 10:55 8:30 Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays
21 12957 Ahmedabad Junction (ADI), Gujarat New Delhi (NDLS) 17:40 7:30 All days of the week
22 12958 New Delhi (NDLS) Ahmedabad Junction (ADI), Gujarat 19:55 9:40 9:40 All days of the week
23 12426 Jammu Tawi (JAT), Jammu and Kashmir New Delhi (NDLS) 19:45 5:00 All days of the week
24 12425 New Delhi (NDLS) Jammu Tawi (JAT), Jammu and Kashmir 20:40 5:45 All days of the week
25 22691 KSR Bengaluru (SBC) H Nizamuddin (NZM) 20:00 5:55 All days of the week
26 22692 H Nizamuddin (NZM) KSR Bengaluru (SBC) 20:45 6:40 All days of the week
27 20839 (Via Bokaro) Ranchi (RNC), Jharkhand New Delhi (NDLS) 18:15 10:55 Wednesdays and Saturdays
28 20840 (Via Bokaro) New Delhi (NDLS) Ranchi (RNC), Jharkhand 16:00 9:00 Mondays and Fridays
29 12453 (Via Daltonganj) Ranchi (RNC), Jharkhand New Delhi (NDLS) 17:10 10:55 Thursdays and Sundays
30 12454 (Via Daltonganj) New Delhi (NDLS) Ranchi (RNC), Jharkhand 16:00 10:30 Wednesdays and Saturdays
31 12951 Mumbai Central (MMCT) New Delhi (NDLS) 17:00 8:35 All days of the week
32 12952 New Delhi (NDLS) Mumbai Central (MMCT) 16:25 8:15 All days of the week
33 12953 Mumbai Central (MMCT) H Nizamuddin (NZM) 17:40 11:00 All days of the week
34 12954 H Nizamuddin (NZM) Mumbai Central (MMCT) 16:50 9:45 All days of the week
35 22221 Mumbai CSMT H Nizamuddin (NZM) 16:10 10:05 Wednesdays and Saturdays
36 22222 H Nizamuddin (NZM) Mumbai CSMT 17:15 11:50 Thursdays and Sundays
37 22811 (Via Adra) Bhubaneswar (BBS), Odisha New Delhi (NDLS) 11:35 10:45 Wednesdays and Sundays
38 22812 (Via Adra) New Delhi (NDLS) Bhubaneswar (BBS), Odisha 17:05 16:00 Mondays and Fridays
39 22823 (Via Bokaro) Bhubaneswar (BBS), Odisha New Delhi (NDLS) 09:30 10:45 Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
40 22824 (Via Bokaro) New Delhi (NDLS) Bhubaneswar (BBS), Odisha 17:05 17:25 Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays
41 20817 (Via Sambalpur) Bhubaneswar (BBS), Odisha New Delhi (NDLS) 07:10 10:45 Saturdays
42 20819 (Via Sambalpur) New Delhi (NDLS) Bhubaneswar (BBS), Odisha 17:05 20:05 Sundays
43 12433 Chennai Central  (MAS), Tamil Nadu H Nizamuddin (NZM) 06:05 10:40 Fridays and Sundays
44 12434 H Nizamuddin (NZM) Chennai Central  (MAS), Tamil Nadu 15:55 20:40 Wednesdays and Fridays
45 12437 Secunderabad Junction (SC), Telangana H Nizamuddin (NZM) 12:45 10:40 Wednesdays
46 12438 H Nizamuddin (NZM) Secunderabad Junction (SC), Telangana 15:55 14:00 Sundays
47 20501 Agartala (AGTL), Tripura Anand Vihar Terminal (ANVT), New Delhi 18:30 11:20 Mondays
48 20502 Anand Vihar Terminal (ANVT), New Delhi Agartala (AGTL), Tripura 19:50 13:30 Wednesdays

Rajdhani Express Trains FAQ:

Q: Is the food price included in Rajdhani ticket fare?

A: Yes. Rajdhani ticket charges are inclusive of food prices. You don’t have to pay extra for food.

Q: Do I get non-vegetarian food in Rajdhani trains?

A: Yes. Rajdhani trains serve both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food to passengers based on a pre-defined menu.

Q: Can I book Rajdhani train tickets on Tatkal?

A: Yes. You can book 2AC and 3AC seats in Rajdhani trains on Tatkal quota. As a general Tatkal reservation rule, 1 AC seats in Rajdhani or any other trains cannot be booked on Tatkal.

Q: Should I mandatorily opt for food in Rajdhani trains?

A: No. It is not mandatory that you choose food in Rajdhani trains. When you book your tickets, you have the option to choose ‘No Food’.

Q: If I forgo food, do I get a discount on Rajdhani ticket charges?

A: Yes. You’ll get a small discount on the base fare if you choose ‘No Food’ option. For instance, the Rajdhani ticket fare from Bangalore to New Delhi on 3 AC class with food is around ₹ 3820. The fare for the same without food is around ₹ 3355.

Q: Will Rajdhani ticket charges change based on my food choice – that is, vegetarian or non-vegetarian food?

A: No. The ticket prices for passengers who opt for vegetarian food and those who opt for non-vegetarian food are the same.

Q: Is outside food allowed in Rajdhani trains?

A: Yes. Rajdhani trains don’t have any restrictions on bringing your own food or snacks or buying food from stations.

Q: Do I get senior citizen concession in Rajdhani trains?

A: Yes. You can avail senior citizen concession in Rajdhani Express trains.

Q: Are Ladies Quota, Senior Citizen Quota/Lower Berth Quota, etc. are applicable to Rajdhani trains?

A: Yes. Quotas for women, senior citizen, etc. are available in the 3 AC and 2 AC coaches of Rajdhani trains. However, you cannot avail these quotas in the 1 AC coaches.

Q: Will I get blankets, linen, pillows, etc. in Rajdhani trains?

A: Yes.

Q: Are there power ports to charge mobile phones, laptops, etc. in Rajdhani trains?

A: Yes.

Q: Are there curtains for privacy in Rajdhani 3 AC coaches?

A: The 3 AC coaches of Rajdhani trains don’t have curtains for privacy. However, 2 AC coaches have curtains.

Q: Do Rajdhani trains have a special timetable during monsoons?

A: Rajdhani trains that pass through the Konkan route have a special timetable during the monsoon season.

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