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Gatimaan Express: 8 things every traveller must know about India’s fastest train

Gatimaan Express: 8 things every traveller must know about India’s fastest train

As India’s fastest train Gatimaan Express starts its operations from the Nizamuddin railway station today, let’s take a look at its main features.

The train will run at a speed of 160 kmph and will cover 188 km, the distance between Delhi and Agra in 100 minutes.

Gatimaan Express will run six days a week, except Friday, in both directions. The train will leave Nizamuddin station at 8:10am and will reach Agra at 9:50am. From Agra, the train will start its return journey at 5:50pm and will reach Nizamuddin at 7:30pm. This means, a tourist looking to visit the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort can actually do it in a day trip from Delhi.

The non-stop train has eight two Executive AC Chair Car and eight AC Chair Car coaches. A single ticket for the normal AC Chair Car coach costs Rs 750, while for the Executive AC Chair Car coach, it costs Rs 1,500.

Gatimaan Express is India’s first ever train to have hostesses taking care of the onboard housekeeping services.

IRCTC will ensure that the passengers of India’s fastest train have the finest epicurean experience. There’s a wide variety of cuisines to choose from — North Indian, South Indian, Continental and Health Food. Some of the prominent food items in the menu include juices, cut fruits, brown bread, aloo paratha, whole wheat upma, veg shami kebab, Swiss roll, roasted dry fruit, chicken roll, mini kulche, Lyonnaise potatoes, baked potato wedges, tomato salsa, coconut barfi, green salad, uttapam, omelette and digestive cookies. The cuisines, matching the standard of airlines, will be served in bone china crockery in executive class.

Travellers willing to take a tour of Agra can opt for various travel packages that are being offered by the IRCTC portal at the time of booking tickets for the Gatimaan Express. Passengers have the option of choosing either the full-day Agra Guided Tour Package (City of Love and Heritage) or 1N/2D Package (with stay in 5-star hotels).

The tariff for the full-day package, which includes visit to the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, lunch at a local restaurant, AC vehicle for sightseeing and time for shopping, has been fixed at Rs 2,100 for an Indian adult and Rs 2,000 for a child (5-11 years). For foreigners, it is priced at Rs 3,900 for an adult and Rs 2,000 for a child.

The two-day package includes guided tours to the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Itmad – Ud – Daulah, Mehtab Bagh, Fatehpur Sikri and Sikandra, with buffet lunch and dinner, stay in a 5-star hotel, AC vehicles for sightseeing and entry tickets to the monuments. The package has been priced at 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 7,000 and for child without bed (5-11 years), it is Rs 3,800. For the foreigners, the tariff is Rs 17,600 (single occupancy), Rs 13,900 (double occupancy) and Rs 13,400 ((triple occupancy). For child with bed (5-11 years), the rate has been fixed at Rs 7,000 and for child without bed (5-11 years), it is Rs 3,800.

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