No More Worries about Train Bookings during Summer Holidays

IRCTC (Indian Railway catering and Tourism Corporation) in conjunction with Indian Railways have achieved various marks it in the history of Indian Railways. With the commencement of online web based booking portals to now smart-phone apps, everything has been automated to make the whole experience quite convenient and easy. It was years ago when people had to stand in long queues for hours to get one ticket booked at a time. Now with the help of online web portal you can easily book six tickets at one time. Apart from booking tickets you can also cancel and reschedule your tickets via the online portal.

To add more convenience, Indian railways have joined hands with many online portals to deliver food in the train. Now you don’t have to eat the boring food served in the train all time, especially if you are a frequent traveller. You can easily now select your choice of food and can get it delivered hot and fresh directly on your seats. IRCTC is constantly endeavouring to achieve new milestones every year and hence to cater to more number of passengers this year, IRCTC has announced starting of summer special trains in 2016 through North India.

What is summer special train?

Summer sees the maximum number of passengers travelling from every part of the country. Many families plan their holidays during summer with the beginning of summer holidays in school. Hence, people start making their bookings from the month of March so that can easily get the confirmed bookings on the train. In lieu of this rush, the government have decided to start summer special trains that will cater to passengers travelling during these months.

Various northern Railway zones have announced running of summer special trains to cater to the extra rush of passengers during the summer holiday months. These trains will be running across the intricate rail networks of Northern India. The service will be applicable during the months of April, May and June 2016 connecting Delhi to Northern states of India. All these trains will run under Northern Railway. Below is the list of trains that would be running:-

  • 04411/04412 Old Delhi Jn – Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra – Delhi Jn Triweekly AC Suvidha Summer Special (NR)
  • 04401/04402 Delhi Anand Vihar – Udhampur – Anand Vihar Triweekly Special Fare Summer Special Express (NR)
  • 04503/04504 Kalka – Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra – Kalka Summer Special (NR)
  • 04926/04925 Jammu Tawi – Haridwar – Jammu Tawi Summer Special (NR)
  • 04928/04927 Nangal Dam – Haridwar – Nangal Dam Biweekly Summer Special (NR)
  • 04408/04407 Old Delhi Jn – Darbhanga – Old Delhi Biweekly AC Suvidha Summer Special (NR)
  • 04416/04415 New Delhi – Barauni – New Delhi Biweekly AC Suvidha Summer Special (NR)
  • 02503/02504 Guwahati Kamakhya – Delhi Anand Vihar Terminus – Kamakhya Suvidha Summer Special (NFR)
  • 05717/05718 Katihar – Firozpur – Katihar Special Fare Summer Special (NFR)
  • 04924/04923 Chandigarh – Gorakhpur – Chandigarh Summer Special (NR)
  • 04998/04997 Bhatinda – Varanasi – Bhatinda Summer Special (NR)

The government has announced of adding more trains but these are the ones that you can start your booking with.

Summer Special Trains 2016 Connecting Delhi to Jammu & Kashmir

04411/04412 Old Delhi Jn – Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra – Delhi Jn Triweekly AC Suvidha Summer Special (NR)

  • 04411 AC Suvidha special train from Old Delhi Jn DLI to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra SVDK will run on allSaturdays, Mondays, Thursdays in April, May and June 2016. Timetable: Departs DLI: 2305 (Sa, Mo, Th), UMB: 0233 (Su, Tu, F), LDH: 0435, PTKC: 0755, JAT: 1010, arrives SVDK: 1215 (Su, Tu, F).
  • 04412 AC Suvidha special train from Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra SVDK to Delhi Jn DLI will run on allSundays, Tuesdays, Fridays in April, May, June and on July 01 2016. Schedule: Departs SVDK: 2015 (Su, Tu, F), JAT: 2210, JRC: 0205 (M, W, Sa), UMB: 0605, PNP: 0817, arrives DLI: 1015 (M, W, Sa).

Composition: 12 AC 3 tier, 02 EOGs (14 coaches)

Route and Stoppages: Panipat, Ambala Cantonment, Ludhiana, Jalandhar Cantonment, Pathankot Cantonment, Jammu Tawi, Udhampur.

04401/04402 Delhi Anand Vihar – Udhampur – Anand Vihar Triweekly Special Fare Summer Special Express (NR)

  • 04401 special express train from Delhi Anand Vihar Terminal ANVT to Udhampur J&K will run on allSaturdays, Mondays, Thursdays in April, May and June 2016. Timetable: Departs ANVT: 2100 (Sa, M, Th), MTC: 2240, SRE: 0205 (Su, Tu, F), UMB: 0350, LDH: 0605, JAT: 1110, arrives UHP: 1240 (Su, Tu, F).
  • 04402 special express train from Udhampur UHP J&K to Delhi Anand Vihar ANVT will run on all Sundays, Tuesdays, Fridays in April, May and June 2016. Timetable: Departs UHP: 1410 (Su, Tu, F), JAT: 1550, JRC: 2040, UMB: 2358, SRE: 0205 MTC: 0433 (M, W, Sa), arrives ANVT: 0600 (M, W, Sa).

Composition: 12 Sleeper Coaches, 07 General Unreserved, 02 SLRs (20 coaches).

Route and Stoppages: Ghaziabad, Meerut City, Saharanpur, Ambala Cantonment, Ludhiana, Jalandhar Cantonment, Pathankot Cantonment, Jammu Tawi.

Summer Special Trains 2016 Between J&K/Punjab/Uttaranchal

A trio of little short-distance trains running along the northernmost parts of the country.

04503/04504 Kalka – Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra – Kalka Summer Special (NR)

  • 04503 Special Train from Kalka KLK to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra SVDK will run on all Thursdays in April, May and June 2016. Timings: Departs KLK: 0130 (Tue), CDG: 0225, LDH: 0435, PTKC: 0745, JAT: 1050, UHP: 1218, arrives SVDK: 1300 (Tue).
  • 04504 Special Train from Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra SVDK to Kalka KLK will run on all Thursdays in April, May and June 2016. Schedule: Departs SVDK: 2120 (Thu), UHP: 2155, JAT: 2315, PTKC: 0105 (Fri), LDH: 0405, CDG: 0700, arrives KLK: 0750 (Fri).

Composition: 01 AC 2 tier, 02 AC 3 tier, 06 Sleeper Coaches, 02 General Unreserved, 02 SLRs

Route and Stoppages: Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Pathankot Cantonment, Jammu Tawi, Udhampur.

04926/04925 Jammu Tawi – Haridwar – Jammu Tawi Summer Special (NR)

  • 04926 Special train from Jammu Tawi JAT to Haridwar HW will run on all Sundays in April, May and June 2016. Schedule: Departs JAT: 1030 (Sun), PTKC: 1245, LDH: 1610, UMB: 1832, SRE: 2030, RK: 2102, JWP: 2202, arrives HW: 2215 (Sun).
  • 04925 Special train from Haridwar HW to Jammu Tawi JAT will run on all Tuesdays in April, May and June 2016. Timetable: Departs HW: 0130 (Tue), RK: 0230, SRE: 0325, UMB: 0500, LDH: 0810, JRC: 0900, PTKC: 1105, arrives JAT: 1315 (Tue).

Composition: AC 3 tier, Sleeper Class, General Unreserved.

Route and Stoppages: Pathankot Cantonment, Jalandhar Cantonment, Ludhiana, Ambala Cantonment, Yamunagar Jagadhri, Saharanpur, Roorkee, Jwalapur.

04928/04927 Nangal Dam – Haridwar – Nangal Dam Biweekly Summer Special (NR)

  • 04928 special train from (Bhakra) Nangal Dam NDLM to Haridwar HW will run on all Mondays, Tuesdays in April, May and June 2016. Timings: Departs NDLM: 2345 (Mo, Tu), RPAR: 0052 (Tu, W), CDG: 0220, UMB: 0310, SRE: 0445, RK: 0530, JWP: 0646, arrives HW: 0700 (Tu, W).
  • 04927 Special train from Haridwar HW to (Bhakra) Nangal Dam NDLM will run on all Tuesdays, Wednesdaysin April, May and June 2016. Timetable: Departs HW: 0850 (Tu, W), RK: 0932, SRE: 1025, UMB: 1200, CDG: 1320, RPAR: 1435, ANSB: 1532, arrives NDLM: 1600 (Tu, W).

Composition: o1 AC 2 tier, 02 AC 3 tier, 03 Sleeper Coaches, 06 General Unreserved, 02 SLR

Route and Stoppages: Anandpur Sahib, Rupnagar, Chandigarh, Ambala Cantonment, Yamunagar-Jagadhri, Saharanpur, Roorkee, Jwalapur.

Summer Special Trains 2016 Between Delhi and UP/Bihar

04408/04407 Old Delhi Jn – Darbhanga – Old Delhi Biweekly AC Suvidha Summer Special (NR)

  • 04408 AC Suvidha special from Old Delhi Jn DLI to Darbhanga DBG Bihar will run on all Fridays, Tuesdaysin April, May and June 2016. Timings: Departs DLI: 1115 (F, Tu), LKO: 1850, GKP: 0015 (Sa, W), CPR: 0345, HJP: 0445, MFP: 0545, SPJ: 0650, arrives DBG: 0900 (Sa, W).
  • 04407 AC Suvidha special from Dharbhanga DBG Bihar to Old Delhi DLI will run on all Saturdays, Wednesdays in April, May and June 2016. Timings: Departs DBG: 1200 (Sa, W), SPJ: 1320, MFP: 1435, HJP: 1535, GKP: 2035, gd: 2335, LKO: 0235 (Su, Th), arrives DLI: 1240 (Su, Th).

Composition: 04 AC 2 tier, 10 AC 3 tier, 02 EOGs (16 coaches).

Route and Stoppages: Moradabad, Bareilly, Lucknow Charbagh NR, Gonda, Basti, Gorakhpur, Deoria Sadar, Siwan, Chhapra, Hajipur, Muzaffarpur, Samastipur.

04416/04415 New Delhi – Barauni – New Delhi Biweekly AC Suvidha Summer Special (NR)

  • 04416 AC Suvidha Special from New Delhi NDLS to Barauni BJU Bihar will run on all Fridays, Tuesdays in April, May and June 2016. Schedule: Departs NDLS: 1925 (F, Tu), BE: 0017, LKO: 0410 (Sa, W), GKP: 0945, CPR: 1320, MFP: 1540, arrives BJU: 1850 (Sa, W).
  • 04415 AC Suvidha Special from Barauni BJU Bihar to New Delhi NDLS will run on all Saturdays, Wednesdays in April, May and June 2016. Schedule: Departs BJU: 2135 (Sa, W), HJP: 0020 (Su, Th), SV: 0315, GKP: 0525, GD: 0755, LKO: 1105, MB: 1740, arrives NDLS: 2210 (Su, Th).

Composition: 03 AC 2 tier, 10 AC 3 tier, 01 Pantry Car, 02 EOGs (16 coaches).

Route and Stoppages: Moradabad, Bareilly, Lucknow Charbagh NR, Gonda, Basti, Gorakhpur, Deoria Sadar, Siwan, Chhapra, Hajipur, Muzaffarpur, Samastipur.

Summer Special Trains 2016 Between Delhi and Bengal/Assam

02503/02504 Guwahati Kamakhya – Delhi Anand Vihar Terminus – Kamakhya Suvidha Summer Special (NFR)

  • 02503 Suvidha special from Guwahati Kamakhya KYQ to New Delhi NDLS will run on all Wednesdays in April, May and June 2016. Timetable: Departs KYQ: 1000 (Wed), NBQ: 1235, NJP: 1615, KIR: 1955, CPR: 0210 (Thu), BSB: 0520, LKO: 1235, arrives ANVT: 2050 (Thu).
  • 02504 Suvidha special from Delhi Anand Vihar ANVT to Guwahati Kamakhya KYQ will run on all Fridays in April, May, June and on July 01 2016. Schedule: Departs ANVT: 0515 (Fri), LKO: 1400, BSB: 2210, CPR: 0155 (Sat), KIR: 0845, NJP: 1205, NBQ: 1605, arrives KYQ: 1930 (Sat).

Composition: 01 AC 2 tier, 03 AC 3 tier, 08 Sleeper Coaches, 02 SLR (15 coaches).

Route and Stoppages: New Bongaigaon, New Jalpaiguri, Katihar, Chhapra, Varanasi, Lucknow Charbagh NR.

Summer Special Trains 2016 Between Punjab/J&K and UP/Bihar

05717/05718 Katihar – Firozpur – Katihar Special Fare Summer Special (NFR)

  • 05717 Special train from Katihar KIR Bihar to Firozpur Cantonment FZR Punjab will run on all Thursdays in April, May and June 2016. Schedule: Departs KIR: 0915 (Thu), BJU: 1320, CPR: 1710, GKP: 2230, GD: 0105 (Fri), SCC: 0410, MB: 0840, UMB: 1325, JUC: 1640, arrives FZR: 1910 (Fri).
  • 05718 Special train from Firozpur Cantonment FZR Punjab to Katihar KIR Bihar will run on all Fridays in Apil, May and June 2016. Timetable: Departs FZR: 2235 (Fri), LDH: 0150 (Sat), UMB: 0410, MB: 0950, SCC: 1445, GD: 1800, GKP: 2200, CPR: 0310 (Sun), BJU: 0735, NNA: 0933, arrives KIR: 1130 (Sun).

Composition: 01 AC 2 tier, 02 AC 3 tier, 05 Sleeper Coaches, 06 General Unreserved, 02 SLRs (16 coaches).

Route and Stoppages: Naugachia, Khagaria, Begusarai, Barauni, Hajipur, Sonpur, Chhapra, Siwan, Thawe, Tamkuhi Road, Padrauna, Kaptanganj, Gorakhpur Jn., Basti, Gonda, Sitapur Cantonment, Moradabad, Saharanpur, Ambala Cantonment, Ludhiana, Jalandhar City.

04924/04923 Chandigarh – Gorakhpur – Chandigarh Summer Special (NR)

  • 04924 special train from Chandiagrh CDG to Gorakhpur GKP runs on all Thursdays in March, April, May 2016. Schedule: Departs CDG: 2315 (Thu), UMB: 0010 (Fri), SRE: 0155, MB: 0545, BE: 0710, LKO: 1130, GD: 1440, arrives GKP: 1730 (Fri).
  • 04923 special train from Gorakhpur GKP to Chandigarh CDG will run on all Fridays in March, April, May 2016.Schedule: Departs GKP: 2210 (Fri), GD: 0037 (Sat), LKO: 0330, BE: 0715, MB: 0900, SRE: 1205, UMB: 1325, arrives CDG: 1425 (Sat).

Composition: 01 AC First Class, 01 AC 2 tier, 02 AC 3 tier, 10 Sleepers, 01 Pantry Car, 03 Unreserved, 02 SLRs (20 coaches).

Route and Stoppages: Ambala Cantonment, Saharanpur, Moradabad, Bareilly, Lucknow Charbagh NR, Gonda.

04998/04997 Bhatinda – Varanasi – Bhatinda Summer Special (NR)

  • 04998 special train from Bhatinda BTI to Varanasi BSB will run on all Sundays in April, May and June 2016.Timetable: Departs BTI: 2105 (Sun), DUI: 2255, UMB: 0105 (Mon), RK: 0322, MB: 0635, SPN: 1002, LKO: 1330, SLN: 1605, arrives BSB: 1920 (Mon).
  • 04997 special train from Varanasi BSB to Bhatinda BTI will run on all Mondays in April, May and June 2016.Timings: Departs BSB: 2120 (Mon), LKO: 0340 (Tue), BE: 0825, LRJ: 1202, UMB: 1455, PTA: 1555, BNN: 1650, arrives BTI: 1830 (Tue).

Composition: 01 AC 3 tier, 04 Sleeper Coaches, 04 Second Sitting, 02 SLRs (11 coaches).

Route and Stoppages: Rampura Phul, Barnala, Dhuri, Patiala, Rajpura, Ambala Cantonment, Yamunagar-Jagadhuri, Saharanpur, Roorkee, Laksar, Moradabad, Bareilly, Shahjahanpur, Lucknow Charbagh NR, Sultanpur.

More trains will be added as and when they are announced.

Travelling in Summers in no more a Hassle

Summers are the time when you can see maximum rush on the railway stations. More and more people plan their vacations during the summer seasons in correspondence to school holidays. However, people find it a pain to book tickets for trains especially if you have not planned your vacations in advance. Though many airlines give special deals and discounts on the air fares but still trains are the most preferred mode of transport between cities in India.

Indian Railways have been the backbone of India for more than 100 years. Many people still depend on Indian railways to travel from one place to another. The reason being it is still a cheaper way of travelling with various benefits like senior citizen benefit or handicap benefit. If you are travelling with children you don’t have to pay for their full tickets. Apart from being cheap, they are also very convenient because of the various travel classes in the train. The more you pay the better you travel.

Apart from travelling to up hills in North, many people even travel towards the Central zone of India which is Maharashtra and Konkan region. Hence, the Central Railways have decided to run special trains during the summer season. This is done to clear maximum rush and more and more people could travel during these months. In fact, Central Railways were the one to announce the summer special trains in 2016 for Maharashtra. These trains will run in the month of April, May and June. Below is the list of trains that will run between different states of Maharashtra and the surrounding states and would also cover the Konkan line from Mumbai to Goa.

  • Summer Special Trains via Konkan Railway from Mumbai to Goa

 

  • 01005/01006 Mumbai Lokmanya Tilak Terminus – Karmali Goa – Mumbai LTT Fridays AC Summer Specials (CR)
  • 01033/01034 & 01095/01096 Mumbai Dadar Central – Zarap/Sawantwadi – Mumbai Dadar Triweekly Summer Specials (CR)

 

  • Summer Special Trains Through Maharashtra

 

  • 01081/01082 Mumbai Dadar Central – Bhusaval – Mumbai Dadar Weekly SF Summer Specials (CR)
  • 01017 Mumbai Lokmanya Tilak Terminus – Nagpur – Mumbai LTT Sundays SF Summer Special (CR)
  • 01656/01655 Jabalpur – Pune – Jabalpur Weekly Superfast Summer Holiday Special (CR)
  • 02123/02124 Pune – Nagpur – Pune AC Superfast Summer Special (CR)

 

  • Summer Special Trains from Mumbai to Kerala via Konkan

 

  • 01065/01066 Mumbai CST – Ernakulam – Mumbai CST Special Fare AC Summer Special (CR)

A good thing is that you can at least book your tickets online and don’t have to trouble yourself anymore with standing in queues and waiting for your turn. This was a problem about a decade ago but with Indian Railways joining hands with IRCTC, they developed a user friendly online portal that helps you booking, cancelling and rescheduling of train tickets with utmost convenience and ease. If you are travelling towards Maharashtra or Konkan region, the IRCTC website even offers you with the travel packages, hotel booking, bus ticket booking and car renting services. It has definitely become one stop shop for all your travelling needs.

So don’t wait anymore. Pack your bags and visit some of the exquisite beauties of Central India this summer.

Summer Special Trains via Konkan Railway from Mumbai to Goa

01005/01006 Mumbai Lokmanya Tilak Terminus – Karmali Goa – Mumbai LTT Fridays AC Summer Specials (CR)

  • 01005 AC Special from Mumbai Kurla LTT to Karmali KRMI Goa will run on Fridays April 01, 08, 15, 22, 29, May 06, 13, 20, 27, June 03 2016. Timings: Departs LTT: 0110 (Fri), TNA: 0135, PNVL: 0213, CHI: 0530, RN: 0700, KUDL: 0904, arrives KRMI: 1130 (Fri).
  • 01006 AC Special from Karmali KRMI Goa to Mumbai Kurla LTT will run on Fridays April 01, 08, 15, 22, 29, May 06, 13, 20, 27, June 03 2016. Timings: KRMI: 1310 (Fri), SWV: 1422, KKW: 1510, RN: 1655, KHED: 1834, ROHA: 2105, TNA: 2310, arrives LTT: 0020 (Sat).

Route and Stoppages: Thane, Panvel, Roha, Khed, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kankavali, Kudal, Sawantwadi Road, Thivim.

Composition: 01 AC First Class, 02 AC 2 tier, 08 AC 3 tier, 01 AC Panry Car, 02 EOGs.

01033/01034 & 01095/01096 Mumbai Dadar Central – Zarap/Sawantwadi – Mumbai Dadar Triweekly Summer Specials (CR)

  • Special trains will run from Mumbai Dadar Central DR on all Sundays, Tuesdays, Fridays till Zarap ZARP as01033 from March 18 2016 to April 15 2016 and till Sawantwadi SWV as 01095 from April 17 to June 07 2016.Timings: Departs DR: 0750, PNVL: 0915, ROHA: 1140, MNI: 1218, CHI: 1416, SGR: 1538, RN: 1655, RAJP: 1806, arrives ZARP: 1955 | arrives SWV: 2030
  • Special trains will run on all Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays from Zarap ZARP to Mumbai Dadar Central DR as 01034 from March 19 2016 to April 16 2016 and from Sawantwadi SWV as 01096 from April 17 to June 08 2016. Timings: Departs SWV: 0450 | ZARP: 0500, NAN: 0602, ADVI: 0708, RN: 0810, SVX: 0920, KHED: 1022, ROHA: 1320, TNA: 1525, arrives DR: 1550.

Route and Stoppages: Thane, Panvel, Roha, Mangaon, Veer, Khed, Chiplun, Savarde, Aravali Road, Sangameshwar, Ratnagiri, Adavali, Vilavade, Rajapur Road, Vaibhavwadi Road, Nandgaon, Kankavali, Sindhudurg, Kudal, Zarap.

Compositions: 01 AC Chair Car, 07 Second Class Seating (2S), 02 General Unreserved (UR), 02 SLRs.

Summer Special Trains Through Maharashtra

01081/01082 Mumbai Dadar Central – Bhusaval – Mumbai Dadar Weekly SF Summer Specials (CR)

  • 01081 Special from Mumbai Dadar Central DR to Bhusaval BSL will run on Fridays April 01, 08, 15, 22, 29, May 06, 13, 20, 27, June 03, 10, 17, 24 2016. Timings: Departs DR: 2145 (Fri), TNA: 2205, IGP: 0010 (Sat), NK: 0055, JL: 0330, arrives BSL: 0500 (Sat).
  • 01082 Special from Bhusaval BSL to Mumbai Dadar Central DR will run on Saturdays April 02, 09, 23, 30, May 07, 14, 21, 28, June 04, 11, 18, 25 2016. Timings: Departs BSL: 0835 (Sat), CSN: 0952, NK: 1125, IGP: 1330, KYN: 1513, TNA: 1535, arrives DR: 1620 (Sat).

Route and Stoppages: Thane, Kalyan, Kasara (01081 only), Igatpuri, Nasik Road, Chalisgaon, Jalgaon.

Composition: 01 AC 2 tier, 01 AC 3 tier, 07 Sleeper Coaches, 06 General Second Class, 02 SLRs.

01017 Mumbai Lokmanya Tilak Terminus – Nagpur – Mumbai LTT Sundays SF Summer Special (CR)

  • 01017 Specials from Mumbai Kurla LTT to Nagpur NGP will run on all Sundays in April, May and June 2016.Timetable: Departs LTT: 0045 (Sun), MMR: 0533, BSL: 0750, AK: 0945, PLO: 1219, WR: 1248, arrives NGP: 1500 (Sun).
  • 01018 Special from Nagpur NGP to Mumbai Kurla LTT will run on all Sundays in April, May and June 2016.Timetable: Departs NGP: 2115 (Sun), DMN: 2341, BSL: 0420 (Mon), MMR: 0640, NK: 0750, arrives LTT: 1210 (Mon).

Route and Stoppages: Thane, Kalyan, Kasara (for 01017 only), Igatpuri, Nasik Road, Manmad, Jalgaon, Bhusaval, Malkapur, Akola, Badnera, Dhamangaon, Pulgaon, Wardha.

Composition: 04 AC 3 tier, 10 Sleeper Coaches, 02 General Second Class, 02 Unreserved, 02 SLRs.

01656/01655 Jabalpur – Pune – Jabalpur Weekly Superfast Summer Holiday Special (CR)

  • 01656 special from Jabalpur JBP to Pune PUNE will run on all Mondays in April, May and June 2016.Timings: Departs JBP: 0645 (Mon), NU: 0750, PPI: 0850, ET: 1105, KNW: 1345, BSL: 1530, MMR: 1805, ANG: 2230, DD: 0110, (Tue), arrives PUNE: 0245 (Tue).
  • 01655 special from Pune PUNE to Jabalpur JBP will run on all Tuesdays in April, May and June 2016.Timings: Departs PUNE: 1045 (Tue), DD: 1215, KPG: 1600, MMR: 1725, BSL: 2020 KNW: 2345, HD: 0057 (Wed) ET: 0230, NU: 0440, arrives JBP: 0615 (Wed).

Route and Stoppages: Daund, Ahmednagar, Kopargaon, Manmad, Bhusaval, Khandwa, Harda, Itarsi, Pipariya, Narsinghpur, Madan Mahal.

Composition: 01 AC 2 tier, 03 AC 3 tier, 10 Sleeper Coaches, 02 General Unreserved, 02 SLRs (19 coaches).

02123/02124 Pune – Nagpur – Pune AC Superfast Summer Special (CR)

  • 02123 AC special from Pune PUNE to Nagpur NGP will run on all Wednesdays in March, April, May and on June 02 2016. Timings: Departs PUNE: 1515 (Wed), MMR: 2040, BSL: 2250, AK: 0055 (Thu), DMN: 0303, arrives NGP: 0515 (Thu).
  • 02124 AC special from Nagpur NGP to Pune PUNE will run on all Thursdays in March, April, May and on June 03 2016. Timings: Departs NGP: 1915 (Thu), BD: 2240, BSL: 0200 (Fri), MMR: 0425, DD: 1015, arrivesPUNE: 1145 (Fri).

Composition: 01 AC First Class, 04 AC 2 tier, 09 AC 3 tier, 02 EOGs (16 coaches).

Route and Stoppages: Daund, Kopargaon, Manmad, Bhusaval, Akola, Badnera (Amravati), Dhamangaon, Wardha.

Summer Special Trains from Mumbai to Kerala via Konkan

01065/01066  Mumbai CST – Ernakulam – Mumbai CST Special Fare AC Summer Special (CR)

  • 01065 Summer special from Mumbai CSTM to Ernakulam Jn ERS will run on Thursdays April 14, 21, 28, May 05, 12, 19, 27, June 02 2016. Timetable: Departs CSTM: 2030 (Thu), TNA: 2105, ROHA: 2305, RN: 0200 (Fri), MAO: 0600, UD: 0954, MAJN: 1115, CAN: 1320, CLT: 1445, SRR: 1620, TCR: 1707, arrives ERS: 1850 (Fri).
  • 01066 Summer special from Ernakulam ERS to Mumbai CSTM will run on Fridays April 15, 22, 29, May 06, 13, 20, 28, June 03 2016. Timetable: Departs ERS: 2330 (Fri), TCR: 0043 (Sat), SRR: 0125, CLT: 0300, CAN: 0435, MAJN: 0700, UD: 0824, MAO: 1330, RN: 1810, PNVL: 2355, DR: 0100 (Sun), arrives CSTM: 0128(Sun).

Composition: 10 AC 3 tier, 02 Non-AC Second Sitting, 01 AC Pantry Car (13 coaches).

Route and Stoppages: Mumbai Dadar Central, Thane, Panvel, Roha, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kankavali, Sawantwadi Road, Thivim, Madgaon, Karwar, Kumta, Kundapura, Udupi, Mulki, Thokur, Mangalore Jn (Kankanadi), Kasargod, Kanhangad, Payyanur, Kannur, Thalassery, Kozhikode, Tirur, Shoranur Jn, Thrissur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town.

More trains will be added as and when they are announced.

Water Train to Parched Latur a Heaven Sent

 The Indian Railways has sent a ‘water train’, a train carrying 5,50,000  litres of drinking water as per a humanitarian gesture to the parched district of Latur, in Maharashtra state.

On Monday, April 11, the Indian Railways sent forth a train having 10 wagons to carry the precious, life giving water from Miraj (Western Maharashtra) to Latur district in the region of Marathwada.

The train reached Latur at 4 a.m., after traversing a 375 km journey. It was welcomed with great cheer and fanfare. There was a sense of relief among top civil and police officials, the mayor of Latur and general public. At the same time, security was beefed up around the train to avoid any untoward incident.

Officials began off-loading of water in a dried up well owned by a local framer situated near the railways station. This water will be carried later to a filtration plant, using pipes.

After the process of filtration, which will make the water potable, water will be dispatched to remote villages in the district. Water will be transported in tankers to people who are awaiting the water with great expectation. There are kilometres of queues of colourful plastic and steel pots, pitchers and bucket made of hundreds of people who are waiting for water.

This water initiative was launched by Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Railways to help people in his home state reeling under water crisis. The crisis was especially severe in Latur district villages, which have a population of 2.45 crores.

As per instructions of Suresh Prabhu, 50 tank wagons like ones used to transport milk and oil were dispatched to Kota workshop in Rajasthan, where they were cleaned thoroughly and made ready for undertaking the journey to Sangli where they were filled with water.

Indian Railways is also planning more of such trips for water needs to fulfil the thirst of villages of Latur district. But the schedule of such trains has not yet been finalized. At present, 15,000 villages of the state mostly in Osmanabad, Beed and Latur district are reeling from severe water scarcity.

Latur has been rocked by stray incidents of violence related to water shortage. As such, the police has set up prohibitory orders till May 3. Also public reservoirs and storage tanks for water are being protected by armed guards of the police face.

 Some villagers of the district had to trek over 12 kms for getting a pot of water. As such domestic water pots are kept secure under lock and key. There is a cessation of teaching at schools, which have been closed. Social events like marriage have also been stalled. Agriculture activities have come to a close.

The 10 wagons of the water train were dispatched to Latur from Miraj railways station (from Maharashtra’s’ Sangli district) where they were filled  with water. Each wagon had a capacity of 50,000 litres.

The district administration had got hold of a large well near the Latur station for storing the water, prior to curing at the filtration plant. The success of train running status of the water train is inspiring further action. A second water train made of 50 wagons is set to be ready to store and transport water to Latur, according to officials.

Rs. 8 Lakh Crore Infrastructure Projects For Indian Railways!

Indian Railways has announced the rolling out of an ambitious infrastructure augmenting program with an outlay of Rs. 8 lakh crore for the coming 4 years. This is to reverse the trend of underinvestment that has been plaguing the railways.

 Capital expenditure of the railways had surged form Rs 57,000 crores (2014-2015) to Rs 97,000 crores (2015-2016) and is expected to scale Rs 1.21 lakh crores in the current fiscal.

Facing under investment, the govt. has planned this massive program for plumbing in Rs. 8 lakh crore in the next four years. This enormous infrastructure program would consist of capacity augmentation, high speed rail connectivity and station redevelopment.

Senior railway officials announced that they are drawing up a concrete infrastructure development plan to utilize around Rs. 8.5 lakh crores in the next four years.

Officials were optimistic that modernization of this public sector giant will generate opportunities for economic growth by multiple times. A National Plan for Railway Infrastructure Development is being designed to include infrastructure projects for the coming years. It will help in expanding services like train berth availability.

The plan envisions that a part of the plan expenditure will come from capital expenditure component of the railway budget. But a major portion of the investment is being expected through PPP (Public Private Partnerships), multi-lateral funding and CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) funds.

With regard to the huge opportunities in investing in this sector, railway officials said that, on one hand, the LIC (Life Insurance Corporation) will provide a loan of Rs 1 lakh crores for expansion of railways whereas, on the other, efforts are afoot to get aid from foreign countries.

At present, the railways has  tie-ups with 13 countries for cooperating in the sector of railways. For instance, Railways has signed a deal with Japan, amounting to Rs 97636 crores for the sake of a high speed rail project in the Mumbai-Ahmadabad circuit.

Apart from the Mumbai- Ahmadabad circuit, railways is also making  a plan to link all metros with high speed trains, called as the Diamond  Quadrilateral project, which requires massive dose of investment for fast train availability.

 With regard to station re-development, officials said that there was tremendous scope as over 408 major stations had been thrown open to attract participation by private sector.

The redevelopment program envisions vertical growth of stations by opening eateries, shopping malls, parking lots and much more. Online auctions are in the pipeline for opening up investment in stations for redevelopment projects.

Another option being explored by the railways is through private and public firms from their Social Responsibility Corpus (SRC). For the massive infrastructure program announced by the railways, the government plans to generate a part of the funds from CSR.

But the move to use CSR for improving railways is fraught with controversy. Some argue that Railways cannot use CSR as it is a commercial entity charging for its services and gaining profits. Others are of the opposite view and say that Railways can harness CSR for improving its services as the railways subsidizes most of its service to customers. While CSR is meant for non-profits, it can still be used for railways as it is a government subsidized service provider. Some also argue that this controversy is immaterial as CSR funds can barely make a dent in the massive fund for railways development.

Information about the Nearest Railway Station to Nainital

The most well connected city in the Kumaon range region of Uttarakhand is Kathgodam. Since it is a monstrous task to construct rail tracks in the mountain regions, it is also the final stop before Nainital and hence the nearest railway station to Nainital. The distance between Kathgodam and Nainital is about twenty five kilometres. It is as beautiful as the other places around it are, like Nainital, Ranikhet and Almorah. It is also the closest railway connectivity to the other two sisterly hill stations of Nainital.

Railway Connectivity

Kathgodam is well connected to almost all the major cities across the country, especially in the north since people keep coming here year after year to relish their summer breaks to the fullest. Being the major connectivity network to the Kumaon region, the railways station is quite well maintained and clean. Like all the major cities of Uttarakhand, even the cleanliness of Kathgodam is well maintained. Once you get here via train, there are numerous buses to Nainital and Almorah leaving the city from time to time. There are also cabs to take you to Nainital.

The city at a glance

Kathgodam itself is a very beautiful city, but somehow since it is just a junction for people to get to Nainital, the place does not get the appreciation and tourists that it deserves. The beauty of the place is rather alluring and when you are about to get here from train, the view along the railway lines is the proof of Kathgodam’s sanctity and beauty. Not only is it rich in beauty but also culture. It is the hub of celebrations with numerous festivals being celebrated with grandeur and royalty. Ram Navami and Makarsankranti are the two major festivals observed by the people here.

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Accommodation facilities

Although Kathgodam isn’t that much of a tourist attraction as Nainital and Ranikhet, the place still gets some tourists in the rainy season owing to the beauty of this place that is further refined in the monsoon months, with lush green fields all around. There are several hotels here for accommodation and many cottages too that lie just near the jungle for people who visit this place to look at animals and are interested in wildlife photography. The hotels here have all the basic amenities that one looks for like internet, running water and good food among others.

The journey to Kathgodam by train becomes quite alluring once you are about to reach the destination since the place has so much of beauty surrounding it. You can feel the moist mountain air and the smell of pine trees lingering in the atmosphere. Being a small town, Kathgodam does not have any major buildings or shopping complexes but if you are here for some touring and spending time away from the monotonous city life, it is an ideal place. You can plan a day’s stay in Kathgodam and looks around this mesmerising little town before you move on to Nainital for a full fledged vacation.

Cyber Audit Ordered For Indian Railways

Indian Railways is ready to conduct a through cyber audit even as it recognized the vulnerabity of its online service network.

The ministry has ordered a compressive zone wise audit for its online system. This includes the Passenger Reservation System (PRS), the communication network of the Indian Railways as well as online freight system which have been recognized as sensitive areas

The Minister of Railways had ordered a complete cyber audit of the total online network connected to the operation of railways in India. This audit is set be implemented in all sixteen zones of the Indian Railways and efforts will be undertaken so that the audit is fool proof and effective.

The idea of a cyber audit had been triggered off after hacking of a website in March, of the Bhusawal division’s personnel department of Central Railways, apparently by the Al Qaeda. The website content was changed by the hackers into a message exhorting every Indian Muslim to undertake Jihad to fight America. Thus, the system is at the threat of criminals like terrorists.

Official sources revealed that hackers were defacing 2000 to 3000 government websites every month. Senior officials were quick to note that the complete reservation system of the Railways was being conducted online and any interference in the network would completely mess up the system like disabling PNR Status Enquiry, besides causing enormous monetary losses.

Especially, internal communication between train operators is crucial for train services along with controlling of operations between stations. Officials pressed claims that recently an audit had been conducted on various IT related services of the railways, but it is the first time that there were plans afoot to conducts a cyber audit of the entire railway system. It is expected that auditors will detect systemic flaws and suggest remedial action.

 The agencies deputed for the cyber audit are experts in the field of cyber-security. They will work in tandem with the CRIS (Centre for Railways Information System), which is an agency responsible for ticket booking in the Indian railways.

 In addition, functional and security audits will be conducted, of the entire online operations of ticket booking services via the IRCTC (Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation). Some time back, the IRCTC had conducted an audit of its system to curb misuse by touts of its ticket booking website.

The Railways began computer operations, almost 30 years back with setting up of CRIS (Centre for Railways Information System) which is responsible for developing and maintaining crucial information systems of the Indian Railways.

But ever since, majority of railway zones have failed to have a potent cyber policy set up to boost immunity of railways against cyber attacks.

Officials of the IT department noted that IT security covers the following areas: understanding and managing risks involved; managing network security and traffic; protecting IT data, assets and applications; protecting personnel and infrastructure; Selecting and making operable effective controls to put in place integrity and confidentiality of communication systems, which transmit, store and process data.

About the Nearest Railway Station to Manali: The Queen of Hills

Life is all about having more and more adventures, visiting new places and exploring the unseen, the untouched. India itself is a home to so many beautiful places that attract thousands of tourists, whether it is the historical richness of Rajasthan and Delhi or the beauty of Hills like Manali and Dharamshala. What attracts tourists to India most is the mystic, mythological and historic culture that it has kept alive within itself even after all these years of freedom and development. While for some, it is the land of Buddha, for others, it is the land of all great rulers like Akbar and Ashoka. Whatever it is, India has it all within itself- the hills and the plains, the monuments and the gardens, the markets and the food joints.

Manali – The Adventure Spot

Manali is a hot favourite among Indians as well as the foreigners frequenting this country. One of the most popular hill stations in the country, Manali is basically popular for the amazing treks that are organised here, and of course, it is the nearest destination from the rest of the country that experiences snowfall throughout the year.  It is specially frequented in the summer months when people want to get away from the heat wave that flows throughout the country, specially the northern states.

The youngsters specially love frequenting this place because of the numerous adventures that this place offers them- be it skiing in the icy mountains of mountaineering in the beautiful Himalayan ranges. All the major treks do involve Manali in their list for sure, and hence anybody who is looking for something that gives them a surge of adrenaline rush in their veins moves to Manali for an ideal vacation.

How to get there

Manali is to Delhi what Goa is to Mumbai. It is the easy to first come to Delhi and then go off to Manali from here. There are flights to Kullu as well, but if you want to get the real fun of the journey, it is better to go to Manali on Train. The nearest railway station to Manali is Chandigarh, from where one can arrange a car or a taxi to reach Manali while you enjoy the view of the beautiful valley on your way. It is better to make prior arrangements for staying and living in the area since it is usually getting a lot of tourists and at last moment you might not be able to make proper arrangements.

The Indian railway has evolved greatly over the years and there are trains that can take your from Delhi to Chandigarh in just a span of three-four hours. You can simply check the Indian Railway timetable and find a train that suits your schedule. It is better to start off early in the morning, reach Manali by evening and then rest for the entire night before exploring the beautiful city. It is said a good journey is what makes half the tour special, so make sure to make it count.

About Nearest Metro Station to Lodhi Garden: where natural beauty meets manmade magnificence

When planning a trip to Delhi, people try to keep it a two to three day affair so as to finish it and move on to other places nearby like Jaipur or Agra. However, something that nobody keeps in mind is that this vast city has so much to offer when it comes to sightseeing and monuments that it is impossible to see every bit of this beauty in a single day or two. To add to it, there are some exceptional places to shop from and explore the food as well, which cannot be done on a mere two day trip. It is easy to see Chandni Chowk and move ahead but the beauty of Lodhi Garden and the allure of Agrasen ki Baoli is something you miss upon.

Lodhi Garden – Tombs intermingled with beauty

Undoubtedly is the Taj Mahal the most beautiful tomb in the world, but Sikandar Lodi’s brilliance is something to be praised when you look at the Lodhi Gardens. Named after the emperors of the Lodi Dynasty, this garden is made in such a way that it houses a small pond, some monumental artefacts, which are the tombs of the rulers of the Lodi Dynasty and of course the garden. The place has been well kept and thousands of tourists can be seen visiting it all around the year.

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There are photo walks and school trips organised to this place too so that more people can get to know about this not so famous place situated right in the centre of the city. Everything, from the architecture of the tombs to the beautiful flowers that have been planted here, compliments the aura of this place.

How to Get Here

Lodi Garden is situated right in the heart of the city, but it is still far from the hustle and bustle of this city owing to its location in the most posh area of the city – The central secretariat area, where all the major government buildings are housed. The garden is in near proximity to the Udyog Bhawan and the Central Secretariat Metro Stations.  However, the Udyog Bhawan Metro Station is a better option and can be said to be the nearest metro station to Lodhi Garden. Being one of the oldest metro stations on this line, there is barely any rush on this metro station and you can easily get on or off the metro here.

Since the area is kept quite protected, there are few taxis and autos available at the metro station to take you to the Garden. The ride from the metro station to the garden is about twenty minutes and it is a beautiful one with almost no traffic and lush green areas surrounding the roads. The Garden is open from nine in the morning to 6 in the evening, therefore you can visit the place anytime in between. It is better to opt for the metro since the roads are usually crowded these days and chances are that you might get stuck in jams for long.

If you are visiting Delhi via train for a vacation, do check irctc seat availability and make your booking timely.

Check Out The Faster Than the Fastest Train

Can you name a few fastest trains of India…? Hold on..! You got to add another train to your list. “Gatimaan Express”, remember the name! In a few days, this is going to replace the position of Shatabdhi express as the fastest train in India. It reaches a top speed of 160 kmph. This train has completed its maiden journey all the way from Delhi to Agra in just 100 minutes. Talking about the time taken in return journey, it’s a little less than the forward journey. Let’s check out more about this train here under:

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  • Before knowing the significant features of this train, let’s have a quick look into its history. The idea of this train originated long back in October 2014. However, the official announcement took a long time and came into limelight on June 2015. Finally, this train became a grand success on 5th April 2016.
  • Its maiden journey was scheduled at 10:10am of 5th April, 2016. The train has a maximum capacity of 736 passengers and its first journey has carried out with only 224 passengers.
  • Its first journey has started on a grand note. The whole train is decorated with flowers and garlands. Passengers are welcomed warmly by the train hostesses with chocolates and red roses.
  • Right from the origin of the idea of Gatimaan express, people started to compare it closely with the existing Shatabdhi express. However, its maiden journey proved that it is better than the best. If you are wondering how to check PNR status on mobile for this train, it’s similar to that of any other Indian train.
  • If you are a food lover, you will love your time in this train. A wide range of Indian and continental dishes are served here. The menu includes mini dosa, wholewheat upma, fresh cut fruits, idly, swiss roll, aloo kulcha, chicken roll and roasted dry fruits. Isn’t the menu yummy..!
  • The good news for the internet addicts is that this train provides free multimedia access to its passengers. Each coach has hot spot devices installed in it. However, the passengers have to download a free app to access this service.
  • The passengers of the train’s maiden journey were enquired about the services offered and the response was satisfactory. Passengers just hoped for more of such trains in India.
  • Predictions are being made that the tracks have to be remodeled to accommodate this superfast train.
  • The features in this train are carefully chosen that it entertains everyone in the train. People of any age group find something which can keep them entertained here. The authorities have made clear that depending upon the response of people; additional coaches will be added to this train.
  • IRCTC takes care of entire onboard services offered in this train like housekeeping and catering. The tour packages are designed to attract tourists visiting Agra.

The success of this train has made people to believe that India is capable of producing the trains which can hit a top speed of 300 kmph. When you travel for the first time in this train, you would wonder why our railway doesn’t bring in more of such trains.

Don’t Search For The Driver In This Train!

Railways have always been an integral part our country. Any sort of development in this department can directly or indirectly influence the growth in all other spheres. Of late, significant efforts are being made to improvise the existing railways system in our country. Delhi has taken a step ahead in this context and introduced automated trains, which don’t require a driver to operate it. It is all set to run these trains from 2017. The parts are being manufactured in Korea and are assembled here in India. Let’s have a closer look into this train.

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How does this train run…?

The control room takes care of all the control aspects of this train. A two way communication system is established between the control room and the train. Every coach is equipped with a CCTV system, which enables the control room to live stream. Despite taking all necessary steps to keep the tracks clean, small obstacles can make their way onto the tracks. A device, which is capable of removing these minor obstructions, is attached to these trains. Front facing cameras are also attached to avert any possible damages.

What makes them special….?

Check out the special features of this train here under:

  • This train doesn’t require an additional cabin for the driving crew. This creates an additional space to accommodate 60 more passengers.
  • The automated mechanism enables the train to move at an enhanced speed.
  • Energy consumption of the train retards by about 20% cutting down the costs incurred due to power supply.
  • The coaches are designed to be as wide as 3.2m.
  • Much to the relief of the internet addicts, the passengers of this train are enabled with free Wi-Fi. Moreover, this train also has enough number of mobile charging points and USB ports.
  • The entire route map is digitalized and passengers can spot the train on mobile. The LCD screens support real time video streaming, videos, graphics and animations.
  • The ventilation system is so designed that it promotes improved air circulation.
  • An additional space is created to accommodate 12 extra passengers in each coach by placing the equipment beneath the seats.
  • The interior of the train looks appealing to the eyes as the floor design is carefully chosen to be attractive.
  • Unlike orthodox trains, they are truly quiet in operation. The wheels are powered with noise dampers, which make it possible for them.

Color coding:

The color coding introduced for these trains have to be given credit for an increase in its passenger capacity. The key features of this coding are detailed below:

  • Each of the six coaches is equipped with these colored seats.
  • The first and last coaches are completely reserved for women. These seats are indicated by pink color.
  • Dark colors are used to represent reserved seats. If the color of a seat is blue, the reserved ones will be in dark blue.

These trains introduced by the Delhi Metro seems to be promising and the successful implementation of these trains will soon place Delhi among those few cities, which has driverless train system.