Rajdhani express are premium category trains by the Indian Railways that redefines luxury travelling in India. It is a fully air-conditioned train which connects country capital (Delhi) with state capitals. That is why they are called 'Rajdhani' which translates to 'Capital' in English. These train runs at very high speed and therefore it usually takes least time to reach destination compared to other trains on the same route. Mumbai rajdhani is the fastest rajdhani train which attains a maximum speed of 140 kmph on some stretch. Rajdhani Express offers catering facilities inside the train the fare of which is included in ticket fare. Rajdhani trains have 3 classes - First AC (1A), AC II-tier (2A) and AC III-tier (3A) only and they are coupled with LHB coaches that have higher safety features. The ticket fare for Rajdhani is maximum amongst all trains on the same route and has dynamic fare (Flexi Fare) system. Waitlisted passengers are strictly not allowed inside this train. Rajdhani train coaches are usually painted in red with a grey colored strip outside. 1 rajdhani train runs from Delhi to Jasidih Jn - New Delhi Howrah Rajdhani Express ( Via Patna ) (12306).
Delhi to Jasidih Jn New Delhi Howrah Rajdhani Express ( Via Patna ) (12306) departs from New Delhi station (NDLS) at and arrives Jasidih Jn station (JSME) at . Delhi to Jasidih Jn rajdhani fare is Rs.4390 in First AC, Rs.2700 in Third AC and Rs.3785 in Second AC for this train which includes meal charges also. Kolkata Rajdhani is the first Rajdhani express to be introduced in India. It started its operation on March 3, 1969. In its initial stage the train had just 10 coaches in total and used to run non stop between New Delhi and Howrah with technical stoppages at Kanpur, Mughalsarai and Gomoh. Do you know, there used to be lounge cars and chair cars in Rajdhani trains initially. Howrah Rajdhani had only 2 classes that time-AC First Class and AC Chair Car the fares of which were Rs 280 and Rs 90 respectively. Howrah Rajdhani is the only wi-fi enabled Rajdhani train till date. Over the years, the train has seen tremendous changes in its number of coaches (now 18), type of cars (Chair cars are totally replaced by First AC, AC II tier and AC III tier) and is replaced by most modern facilities inside the train now.
Duronto express is a newer premium class of train which runs as fast as Rajdhanis. Duronto word comes from restless in Bengali as these trains had no intermediate commercial stops when they started. But since Indian Railways incurred losses for these trains, some technical stops were converted to commercial stops. On some routes (such as Delhi-Kolkata) they take lesser time than corresponding Rajdhani express. Unlike rajdhani some durontos also have non-air conditioned sleeper class. Thus, Duronto trains have classes First AC (1A), AC II-tier, AC III-tier and Sleeper. Bed-rolls in sleeper class of Mixed Duronto Express trains will be supplied to passengers on demand, on payment of stipulated charges. Duronto trains are distinguished by vibrant and colorful vinyl coating on the outer surface of the coaches. 1 duronto train runs from Delhi to Jasidih Jn - New Delhi Howrah Duronto Express (12274).
Delhi to Jasidih Jn New Delhi Howrah Duronto Express (12274) departs from New Delhi station (NDLS) at and arrives Jasidih Jn station (JSME) at . Delhi to Jasidih Jn duronto fare is Rs.4085 in First AC, Rs.2435 in Third AC, Rs.3520 in Second AC and Rs.885 in Sleeper for this train which includes meal charges also. There are 2 Duronto trains between Kolkata and New Delhi. One connects Howrah Station of Kolkata to New Delhi station of Delhi while the other Duronto 12259/60 connects Sealdah station of Kolkata to New Delhi. Howrah Duronto is slow in speed compared to the Sealdah duronto. It is also a mixed duronto which means it has sleeper class as well as opposed to Sealdah Duronto which only has air conditioned classes. There are other faster trains of the likes of Rajdhani and Express trains too connecting New Delhi and Kolkata hence this is not the best fit but is definitely the best economical option.
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