Delhi- The political capital of India, makes up one of the cornerstones of the golden triangle in the country’s north.
Agra, a major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era buildings, most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, all three of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Every tourist of the world has a dream to visit Agra atleast once in a lifetime.
For a tryst with marvelous history and to get a feel for the culture and how royalty lived, Jaipur holds a special place fro world tourists.
All three places of Golden Triangle are well connected via Road, Air and rail network where each leg is almost 4-6 hour drive. Tourist traveling from Delhi-Agra can now enjoy a new era of high-speed rail travel in India with the start of fastest train of India GATIMAAN by Indian Railways.
India’s first semi-high speed train, running at a speed of 160 kmph, finally introduced on the Indian Railways system from April 5., 2016. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu flagged off the Gatimaan Express, which will run between Hazrat Nizamuddin and Agra Cantonment stations. The launch of this train heralds a new era of high-speed rail travel in India.
The train hits a top speed of 160 kmph, easily beating the Bhopal Shatabdi – India’s fastest train thus far at 150 kmph.
Gatimaan covers the 184-kilometre distance between New Delhi and Agra in 100 minutes, as opposed to 110 minutes by the Bhopal Shatabdi.
Gatimaan will operate on all days of the week except Friday, departing from Hazrat Nizamuddin at 8.10 am to reach Agra at 9.50 am. On its return journey, the train will depart from Agra at 5.50 pm to reach New Delhi at 7.30 pm.
The AC chair car fare of Gatimaan for travelling from New Delhi to Agra has been fixed at Rs 750,. The executive class fare of Gatimaan has been fixed at Rs 1,500.
Except from the luxury train like Palace on Wheels, each compartment of Gatimaan will have hosts and hostesses to greet passengers by presenting them with a rose bud. The train has hotspot entertainment options, besides bio-toilets, LED lights and micro-busters for providing good fragrance.
Free WiFi and offline video-on-demand services to passengers will also be given.
The Railways have made a big effort to enhance catering services where passengers will be asked to choose between Indian and continental food, and a health menu option is also on the cards. The food – which will include freshly cut fruits – comes in trolleys.
Gatimaan is a product of the Make in India initiative, the train was indigenously built at the Kapurthala rail coach factory.