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.

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