In a big country like India, trains are one of the most widely used means of transport. The Indian railway runs many services across the country. Trains provide a cheaper yet fast mode for travelling from one part of the country to another. The Indian railway has the longest running railway tracks in the world. Along with the longest railway lines, Indian Railways efficiently handle numerous train services throughout the country connecting almost all parts of the country. Out of many, one of the fastest trains that the Indian railways run is the Rajdhani Express.

Rajdhani Express trains are operated by the Indian Railways with the objective of connecting all the major cities with the capital New Delhi, which includes mostly the capital cities of the states. As the name suggests ‘Rajdhani’ means Capital in many Indian languages. It has the highest priority in the railways and is considered alongside other fast trains like Tejas Express and Gatimaan Express. The Rajdhani Express shares various similarities with Shatabdi Express, although each has a quiet few unique characteristics of their own. Rajdhani Express was first started on March 3, in the year 1969. But before launching, Rajdhani Express had its trial runs between cities of Howrah and Delhi in the year 1967.

Initially, the express faced many protests as many people were against its idea. Even the chairman of the Indian Railways was against this idea. But eventually soon after its launch, Rajdhani Express proved to be a massive success. Today many people consider it a luxury to be able to travel to the Rajdhani Express. Over the time Rajdhani Express trains have proved itself to be an epitome of luxury and comfort in the Indian Railways.

When compared to other rail services, Rajdhani Express runs fastest as it makes very few stops covering only the important stations. At the time when Rajdhani Express was launched, it used to be the fastest trains running in South Asia having a maximum speed of 120km /hr. Apart from providing a fast route, Rajdhani Express also provides various facilities for the travellers which make their journey very comfortable. The timetable for the trains is very flexible. For instance, Trivandrum Rajdhani Express changes its timetable during monsoons as it goes through the region of Konkan. Being one of the top priorities of Indian Railways, Rajdhani trains are continuously upgraded is kept up to date for the passengers. 

It was one of the very first trains to be fully air-conditioned. The train provides its passengers with complimentary meals that generally includes breakfast, lunch and dinner during the journey. It also provides with snacks and tea, and other various update meals depending on the duration of the journey. The Rajdhani Express transfer offers various types of accommodations too. It generally has three types of accommodations 1stAC coach that has 2 and four berth bedrooms.

The1st AC coach has bedroom compartments that can be locked. 2-tier AC compartments with open berths, curtains. 3-tier AC compartments with open berths and no curtains. The Indian railway has provided free Wi-Fi facilities at many stations, but it has recently extended its services to give free Wi-Fi inside trains too. Howrah –New Delhi Rajdhani Express is one of the first Rajdhani Express trains to have an onboard Wi-Fi service provided on it.

The high-quality facilities provided in the Rajdhani Express helps to ensure that all the passengers travelling from this train have a nice, comfortable as well as a luxurious experience throughout the journey even after travelling a long distance.  The benchmark set by Rajdhani Express is the main reason why it is the first choice to travel for many and a lifelong dream for the others. Not only the local populous, but even the tourists coming from outside of India prefer to travel in Rajdhani Express over others.

11 interesting facts about Rajdhani Express that will leave you amazed:

  • Rajdhani Express was the fastest train the time of its inauguration in the year 1969 with the speed of a whopping 120km/hr. Currently Rajdhani Express is the 3rd fastest train with Mumbai Rajdhani Express. It has an average speed of 90 km/hr and goes up to 140km/hr at its maximum.
  • Rajdhani Express made its maiden journey from New Delhi to Howrah station on March 1969. It covered a distance of 1445 km within a short span of 17 hours and 20 minutes.
  • Trivandrum Rajdhani holds the record of having the longest nonstop run. It runs from Kota to Vadodara without any halts in between. It covers a distance of approximately 527 km between these stations.
  • There are only two states currently from which Multiple Rajdhani Expresses are running. Assam and West Bengal are the only ones that have 3 Rajdhani trains
  • While in other States, Rajdhani Express runs only once every day, Maharashtra and West Bengal are the only two states which run the Rajdhani Express twice daily.
  • One of the first trains to get LHB (Linke Hofmann Busch) coaches was the Mumbai Rajdhani Express. It is also the fastest Rajdhani amongst all.
  • Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express has the maximum Number of halts between and Jammu Rajdhani has the least halts. Dibrugarh Rajdhani takes 20 halts to reach its destination, while Jammu Rajdhani only takes three halts.
  • Introducing a new train in under Rajdhani Express network is a complicated process. As RajdhaniExpress is one of the premier trains, unlike other train services, for a train to be started, a new railway budget has to be passed.
  • The latest addition to the Rajdhani Express series is the Madgaon Rajdhani Express.
  • There are only two trains that end their journey away from the capital cities of the states Bilaspur3 Rajdhani Express ends at Bilaspur and not Raipur which is the capital of Chhattisgarh and Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express halts at Dibrugarh Station instead of Guwahati which is the capital of Assam.
  • At the present date, there are currently 23 Rajdhani Expresses running through the country.

Train Name

Train No.

Sector

Distance

Dibrugarh Rajdhani

12235

Dibrugarh – New Delhi

2453 km

12236

New Delhi – Dibrugarh

Howrah Rajdhani

12301

Howrah – New Delhi

1447 km

12302

New Delhi – Howrah

Howrah Rajdhani

12305

Howrah – New Delhi

1530 km

12306

New Delhi – Howrah

Patna Rajdhani

12309

Rajendra Nagar – New Delhi

1001 km

12310

New Delhi – Rajendra Nagar

Sealdah Rajdhani

12313

Sealdah – New Delhi

1454 km

12314

New Delhi – Sealdah

Dibrugarh Town Rajdhani

12423

Dibrugarh – New Delhi

2438 km

12424

New Delhi – Dibrugarh

Jammu Tawi Rajdhani

12425

Jammu Tawi – New Delhi

582 km

12426

New Delhi – Jammu Tawi

Thiruvananthapuram Rajdhani

12431

Thiruvananthapuram – HazratNizamuddin

3149 km

12432

HazratNizamuddin – Thiruvananthapuram

Chennai Rajdhani

12433

Chennai – New Delhi

2175 km

12434

New Delhi – Chennai

Dibrugarh Town Rajdhani

12435

Dibrugarh – New Delhi

2459 km

12436

New Delhi – Dibrugarh

Secunderabad Rajdhani

12437

Secunderabad – Nizamuddin

1660 km

12438

Nizamuddin – Secunderabad

Ranchi Rajdhani

12439

Ranchi – New Delhi

1305 km

12440

New Delhi – Ranchi

Bilaspur Rajdhani

12441

Bilaspur – New Delhi

1501 km

12442

New Delhi – Bilaspur

Ranchi Rajdhani

12453

Ranchi – New Delhi

1341 km

12454

New Delhi – Ranchi

Mumbai Rajdhani

12951

Mumbai – New Delhi

1384 km

12952

New Delhi – Mumbai

August Kranti Rajdhani

12953

Mumbai – Nizamuddin

1377 km

12954

Nizamuddin – Mumbai

SwarnaJayanti Rajdhani

12957

Ahmedabad – New Delhi

934 km

12958

New Delhi – Ahmedabad

Bangalore Rajdhani

22691

Bangalore – Nizamuddin

2365 km

22692

Nizamuddin – Bangalore

Bhubaneswar Rajdhani

22811

Bhubaneswar – New Delhi

1723 km

22812

New Delhi – Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar Rajdhani

22823

Bhubaneswar – New Delhi

1800 km

22824

New Delhi – Bhubaneswar

Goa Rajdhani

22413

Madgaon – Nizamuddin

2094 km

22414

Nizamuddin – Madgaon

Agartala Rajdhani

20501

Agartala – AnandVihar

2421 km

20502

AnandVihar – Agartala