First semi highspeed Gatimaan Express launched in India

first_imgIndian Railways has launched the Gatimaan Express, the first semi-high speed train with a maximum speed of 160kph. Inaugurated by India’s Minister of Railways, Suresh Prabhu, the train will run between Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Station and Agra.The express train will run every day except Friday departing Delhi at 08:10 and arriving in Agra at 09:50. The return journey will leave Agra at 17:50 and arrive back in Delhi at 19:30.Tickets are priced at Rs 750 (approx $11.30) for the coach class and Rs 1500 for executive class.The onboard catering is organised by Indian Railways Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), which has deployed hostesses on the train. IRCTC has also introduced two comprehensive packages for the fastest train in India – a full-day Agra Guided Tour Package (City of Love and Heritage) and 1N/2 Days Package (with stay in a 5 star hotel).The tariff for the full-day package, which includes guided visit to the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, lunch at a reputed local restaurant, AC vehicle for sightseeing, entry ticket to monuments and time for shopping, has been fixed at Rs 2100 for an Indian adult and Rs 2000 for a child (5-11 years).The tariff for the two-day package is Rs 14,500 (single occupancy), Rs 10,800 (double occupancy) and Rs 10,300 (triple occupancy). For child with bed (5-11 years), the tariff has been fixed at Rs 7000 and for child without bed (5-11 years), it is Rs 3800. Prices for foreign tourists have been kept a little higher.Passengers can choose either of the options while booking tickets on the IRCTC portal. Once payment is confirmed on the gateway for tickets for Gatimaan Express, passengers can see a pop up of the Taj Mahal with a ‘Book Now’ message. Tickets for the Agra packages can be booked by clicking on it. Alternatively, spot purchases for the tour packages can also be made during the 100-minute journey onboard the train. The train will also have complimentary onboard entertainment provided by MyFreeTv.in.last_img

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