Vintage tourist train between Delhi and Alwar

A vintage tourist train by Indian Railways, consisting of two coaches hauled by steam engine ”Akbar”, has commenced in the current season between Delhi and Alwar in Rajasthan from October 27, 2013.


The 48 year-old steam engine is one of the last surviving vintage steam locomotives in the country. Named after the great Mughal emperor Akbar, the Pacific class broad gauge loco is capable of speeds up to 110 kmph and used to haul prestigious express trains.

After remaining out of service for several years, ‘Akbar’ was restored, overhauled and reclaimed in full working condition. The engine was recently in the news with its use in the famous film ‘Bhag Milkha Bhag’, portraying the life of famed Indian runner Milkha Singh.

The tourist train will start from Delhi Cantonment Station of the capital and travel to Alwar (138 kms) in Rajasthan via Rewari on a tour package which includes a visit to the Sariska National Park near Alwar. This would also give an opportunity to the tourists to sight tigers in Sariska.

The train in its current season will travel between October 2013 and April, 2014 on every second and fourth Saturdays.

Booking can be done on IRCTC’s website

Special Train to tour Rajasthan!


The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) will operate an exclusive tourist train to Rajasthan from Chennai via Bangalore, Mysore, Hassan, Hubli, Bellary and Kacheguda with a group of 752 tourists over a period of seven days during the Navarathri holidays. 

The route will cover Udaipur, Chittaurgarh, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and the Mount Abu districts of Rajasthan. The train will pass through Bangalore on October 9. The 12-day package tour has been classified into different categories and offers a comprehensive package which includes vegetarian food, both on and off-board, accommodation in hotels and vehicles for sightseeing.


Jaipur Agra Shatabdi Express to hit the tracks

The pink city is all set to receive the gift of Shatabdi express soon. Announcement about the train was made in the union rail budget 2011. As per the Railway officials, Coaches of the luxury train have now reached Jaipur and the train would come down on track from November30, 2012.

The Jaipur-Agra fort Shatabdi express is scheduled to depart from Jaipur at 7:05 in the morning with an arrival time of 10:35 at Agra. It would return from Agra fort at 4:20 in the evening and would reach Jaipur at 7:50 pm. The train would only halt at Bharatpur station during its journey.

Volvos to run on eight new routes from Dec 1

The Fleet of eight new buses has been added to attract more passengers. Seeing the increasing number of travelers going by road, the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) has decided to start new Volvos from Dec 1.

The Volvo from Jaipur to Agra will depart at 12 am and will reach at 5 am from December 1. The fare will be Rs395. For Bikaner, the bus will depart at 5 pm and reach at 10:30 pm at fare Rs365.

Traveling will be convenient from Jaipur to Mount Abu; the Volvo will depart at 8 pm so as to reach at 7:30 am. The fare will be Rs760. Going from Jaipur to Kota will also become comfortable; the Volvo will depart at 10 pm to reach Kota at 3 am at fare Rs365.

In addition to this, Volvo will also connect Jodhpur to Ahemdabad and the fare will be Rs639. The service from Jodhpur to Udaipur has also been started benefitting the people of Rajsamand , Charbhuja and more places at fixed fare of Rs395.

IRCTC introduces new Superfast Train between Jaipur and Udaipur


The festival season brings happiness, joy and fun everywhere, but also brings along the unavoidable rush while traveling, whether it is in airplanes, buses or the trains.

Keeping this festival and tourism season rush in mind IRCTC time to time increases the frequency of trains as well as introducing new trains. One of those special trains is recently scheduled by North Western Railways i.e Superfast Holiday Special train for Jaipur Udaipur- Jaipur which will run daily till December31, 2012

Here’s the time-table of Super fast Holiday Special Jaipur Udaipur train for your convenience during festive season:-

IRCTC is offering special discounts for Maharaja Express Luxury Train

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Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC) announces a ” pay-for-one-and-your-companion-pays-50% “ offer for the Indian nationals travelling on the Maharajas Express, one of the finest luxury trains in the world.

They have come out with this offer to provide an opportunity for the domestic tourists to experience the most luxurious way to discover and explore the treasure trove of India.

The offer will be valid during the coming festive season of Dussehra and Diwali for its four trips commencing on October 20 and 27 and November 11 and 14, 2012.

The trip “Indian Panorama” (Delhi-Jaipur-Ranthamobore-Agra-Gwalior-Orchha-Khajuraho-Varanasi-Lucknow-Delhi) will begin on October 20, 2012 from Delhi. It will help the tourists explore the hidden treasures of India through the colourful Pink City of Jaipur, wilderness of the RanthamboreNational Park, immortal beauty of the Taj Mahal in Agra etc in an 8 days and 7 nights package.

In the “Indian Splendour” (Delhi-Agra-Ranthambore-Jaipur-Bikaner-Jodhpur-Udaipur-Balasinor-Mumbai) – another 8 days / 7 nights package – commencing on October 27, 2012, the tourists will leave with the everlasting memories of a unique mix of culture, history and folklore of Jaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur and Udaipur. They will also visit the DinosaurFossilPark- one of the largest in the world, at Balasinor.

The other two packages – “Treasures of India”, commencing on November 11 and the “Gems of India”, beginning on November 14, 2012 – includes visit to Agra, Ranthambore and Jaipur on a 4 days / 3 nights trip starting and finishing at Delhi.

The above packages are inclusive of all meals, complimentary house wines, spirits and beers, sightseeing with entrance fees, services of tour Director, on-board Paramedics and 24 hours valet service.

Now explore the hidden treasures of India the Maharaja Style that too at very less prices!! Bon Voyage :)

Now Priority to Tatkal ticket holders during Reservation

According to the new orders issued by the railway board on May15, 2012, if extra coaches are incorporated in trains, then the empty seats shall be first allotted to the passengers in “Tatkal” quota and then later on will be allotted to the waiting list passengers of “General” quota.

This facility is being implemented to relieve the passengers of Tatkal Quota.

New Train for Jaisalmer – Howrah (Kolkata) Journeys

A new train Howrah Jsm Superfast Express – 12371 is started on March13, 2012 from Howrah (Kolkota) to Jaisalmer via Delhi and Bikaner. This train would run once in week (every monday) from Howrah at  8.20 a.m. and reach Jaisalmer at 11.30 p.m. on Tuesday, the next day.

Below is the Schedule for major Trains from and to Jaisalmer including the new Howrah Jaisalmer Express.

Trains Schedule

Delhi Jaisalmer Express- 14659
Delhi Jaipur Jodhpur Jaisalmer
Timings 1730 Hrs 2335 Hrs 0445 Hrs 1100 Hrs
Jaisalmer Delhi Express- 14660
Jaisalmer Jodhpur Jaipur Delhi
1715 Hrs 2240 Hrs 0450 Hrs 1110 Hrs
Jodhpur Jaisalmer Express- 14810
Jodhpur     Jaisalmer
2345 Hrs 0530 Hrs
Jaisalmer Jodhpur Express- 14809
Jaisalmer     Jodhpur
2330 Hrs 0515 Hrs
Jaisalmer Bikaner Express- 14701
Jaisalmer     Bikaner
2235 Hrs 0435 Hrs
Bikaner Jaisalmer Express 14702
Bikaner     Jaisalmer
2235 Hrs 0435 Hrs
Jaisalmer Lalgarh Express – 14703
Jaisalmer     Bikaner
1110 Hrs 1635 Hrs
Bikaner Jaisalmer Express – 14704
Bikaner     Jaisalmer
0720 Hrs 1300 Hrs
Jsm Howrah Superfast Express – 12372    New Train From 13/03/12
Jaisalmer Bikaner New Delhi Varanasi Howrah
0020 Hrs 0615 Hrs 1445 Hrs 0515 Hrs 1630 Hrs
Thursday Thursday Thursday Friday Friday
Howrah Jsm Superfast Express – 12371
Howrah Varanasi New Delhi Bikaner Jaisalmer
0820 Hrs 1915 Hrs 1015 Hrs 1835 Hrs 2320 Hrs
Monday Monday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday



Bharat Darshan Goa Special Train Journey From April08 to 15, 2012

IRCTC is running a special Bharat Darshan Goa Special Train from April08 to 15, 2012. The Train would depart on April08, 2012 from Chandigarh and reach Jaipur in the evening.

The Package Tariff would be Rs. 4104/- PER PERSON (Including Service Tax)
Package Inclusions:
  • Journey by Sleeper Class train.
  • Comfortable Non AC road transfers (using 55 seater buses).
  • Vegetarian food (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
  • One glass of packaged drinking water will be provided to each client during Lunch and Dinner per day.
  • Tour escort and Security on train.
  • At destination, the transfer will be given to the point up to which bus can go or permissible.
Package Exclusions:
  • Items of personal nature i.e. laundry, medicines.
  • Entrance fee for monuments/ temples etc.
  • Any other items apart from the one mentioned in the itinerary.













Delhi Safadurjung










Train Journey





Night Halt on 10-04-2012 & 11-04-2012Madgaon(Goa)



Departure from Madgaon (Goa) to Jaipur

Train Journey



Train Journey









Delhi Safadurjung








Booking of Bharat Darshan Special Tourist Trains is available online on IRCTC website. Booking can also be done through their Tourist Facilitation Center, Zonal Offices and Regional Office.





IRCTC Bookings: Now On Your Mobile!

Times are gone when you had to stand and wait for long hours at the IRCTC window to get the travel tickets. In fact, now you don’t even have to look for internet connection or cyber space for the same.

Surprised! How on earth would you then book the travel tickets??

Here’s the big news!

IRCTC launches a smarter way to book tickets. Now book your rail ticket -ANYWHERE ANYTIME through your Mobile Phones.

IRCTC brings to you the mobile website with just a few clicks you can book your tickets using your Mobile Phones. IRCTC mobile website is convenient and easy to use, can be accessed from any browser enabled mobile having basic GPRS activated on phone.

The following features are available:

Book Ticket/ Enquiry – Book tickets by providing source and destination.

Booked History – Tickets whose Date of Journey is due will be visible.

Cancel Ticket – Cancel any of the tickets whose date of journey is due.

Browse the URL using your mobile and book tickets using any of your credit/debit card for payment.

Help for booking

1. Login to URL with your existing IRCTC user id and password.
2. Fill in details for plan my travel.
3. Select the train and continue the booking.
4. Use existing passenger list on add passengers.
5. Confirm booking details and pay through Credit/debit card to get successful booking.

Simple and speedy! Isn’t it?

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