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Railway Stations in Lucknow

Lucknow, located on the banks of the Gomti River, is the capital city of Uttar Pradesh and a metropolitan city in the country.  A city steeped in culture, Lucknow has always been in the forefront of north Indian cultural and artistic movements. The capital of the Awadh Nawabs in the 18th and 19th centuries, Lucknow retains its importance in the fields of governance, education and arts even today. It is now a leader in other fields like commerce, aerospace, technology, and tourism. Although Hindi is its main language, Urdu continues to be spoken widely.

Lucknow City has a number of railway stations such as Lucknow Charbagh Railway Station, Lucknow Junction Railway Station, Aishbagh, Lucknow City, Daliganj, Badshahnagar, Gomtinagar, Manaknagar, Malhour, Jugaur, Amausi, Alamnagar, Kakori, Malihabad, Mohibullapur, and Utretia. Extensive bus services and other public road transport connect all the stations with each other.

But Lucknow Charbagh Railway Station and Lucknow Junction Railway Station are two main railway stations:

 The Lucknow Charbagh Railway StationThis station is also called Lucknow NR and its station code is LKO. The name comes from the Charbagh area in the southern part of the city, where it is located as the area earlier had four gardens.  Lucknow is well-connected with important cities across the country through one of its two main stations.

Lucknow Charbagh Railway Station (LKO) has been constructed on a raised plinth and has several towers and circular Awadh-type domes.  As many as 114 pairs of trains of the Northern Railway terminate or originate here.  It is also the focal point of the Lucknow-Kanpur Suburban Railway system.

The construction of the Charbagh railway station began in 1914 and was completed in 1923. The lovely building looks like a palace with a large garden in front. Its architecture is a blend of Rajput, Awadhi and Mughal styles. It is a unique building and is said that the aerial view of the Charbagh station looks like a chess board. The building’s domes and pillars seem to be the chess pieces. It is rated among the most beautiful stations in the country.

Charbagh Station is an architectural masterpiece and is one of the attractions of Lucknow. Tourists are greatly impressed as soon as they arrive. Designed by J.H. Hornimen, it cost Rs.70 lakh in those times.

The 47-mile Lucknow-Kanpur railway line became operational in 1867. It then was a part of the Oudh Rohilkhand Railway. The Lucknow division was under East Indian Railway till 1952. Before 1867, there was a large orchard on the land on which the Charbagh Railway Station stands. The impressive present building was built in 1926.

Lucknow Junction Railway Station :  Lucknow Junction Railway Station, also known as NER with station code LIN, has six platforms. Two-wheelers, auto-rickshaws and cars can reach its platform No.6 by a cabway underpass. This is the third such cabway after Howrah and Gorakhpur railway stations.

The facilities available at Lucknow NR include waiting rooms, baggage room, dormitories or retiring rooms, refreshments and ATM. Counters and water coolers make pure drinking water available.

The Lucknow Junction NER is almost a continuation of the Charbagh station. People often think of it as an extension of the Charbagh railway station. People continue to call it the “Chhoti Line” as earlier it was the station for NE Railway’s meter gauge trains. Now in the Lucknow division of North Eastern Railway, it is the terminus for broad gauge trains of North Eastern Railway. The trains arriving here have to reverse the direction to leave the station even if the train is going beyond Lucknow. The Lucknow Junction NER station has a separate building made of red sandstone and has its own distinct identity.

As many as 22 pairs of express or mail trains, and 5 pairs of passenger trains start from, terminate at or pass through the LJN station every day, but none of these trains is a Rajdhani or Shatabadi.

Lucknow Junction NER was the meter gauge trains terminus for almost all tracks of North Eastern Railway zone earlier. After conversion to broad gauge, the Lucknow junction has no meter gauge tracks. Lucknow Aishbagh Junction is now the terminus for the remaining meter gauge trains services. The Aishbagh junction has broad gauge tracks too.

The work on the two-stage, Rs12500-crore Lucknow Metro is scheduled to start soon. The first phase is expected to be completed by 2016–17.

 

Railway Stations in Surat

Surat Railway Station (codenamed ST) is the second largest in revenue generation for the Western Railway Zone. Located in the heart of the Surat city in Gujarat, Surat Railway Station is on the Mumbai-Vadodara-Ahmedabad railway line. The administrative control of the station is with the Western Railway Zone of the Indian Railways. The station was built in 1860 and is well -connected with major cities like Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Jaipur, Kolkata, Delhi, Bengaluru and other cities in the country. It is one of the busiest railway stations in Gujarat and handles close to 1 lakh passengers daily. Majority of the passengers visiting Surat are business men, who have interests in the gem industry. The city is famous for diamonds and other gems for polishing services. Due to the influx of passengers over the years, the fourth platform at the station was started in 1952.

Surat Railway Station is located in the eastern part of the city, and also, connected to the Central Railways through Tapti line and Udhana Junction. The station is along the main Mumbai – Ahmedabad lane and receives a lot of traffic from passenger trains, local trains, and express trains. Recently, the Mumbai Rajadhani Express was given a halt at Surat Railway station due to the high demand from passengers. Many goods trains pass through Surat station as this junction serves a good transport corridor along the western India.

The facilities offered at the busy Surat Railway station are on par with some of the best-in-class railway offerings. The passengers are provided general and air-conditioned waiting halls on each platform. The cafeteria provides both vegetarian and non-vegetarian items, which are freshly cooked. The station also offers advance railway ticketing system, which issues tickets for unreserved passengers in advance. Only few stations are equipped with such systems based on the volume of passenger traffic in last few years. The high number of trains crossing this station is an ideal location for many last time travellers to visit their destinations. The enquiry counter operates throughout the day to respond passenger queries on the reservation status, train arrival and departure details. The station is also well guarded with x-ray machines at all entrances manned by Railway Protection Force (RPF). Surat Railway Station was recently modernized to include a series of bank ATM machines on platform one and food express restaurant serving variety of Gujarati dishes and sweets. The station is also famous for potters, who help passengers carry their luggage, and recently came into the news of corrupt practices followed by few potters.

The station is located at 16 Kilometres from Surat Airport and 278 Kilometres from the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Mumbai. Surat Railway station is a hub for travellers and the best way to commute to the city as the airport was started only in 2007. The nearest railway stations to Surat are Udhna Junction (4 KM), Kosad Railway Station (7 KM), Gothangam Railway Station (11 KM), and Sachin Railway Station (13 KM)

Udhna Railway Station

Located at 7 kilometres from the Surat City, the Udhna Railway station (codenamed UDN) is a major station between Surat and Mumbai in Western India. The Surat Airport is located 14 Kilometres from the station. The station is also well connected with Central Railways through Jalgoan, Amaravati, and other major stations.

Kosad Railway Station

Another satellite station to Surat is the Kosad Railway station (codenamed KSE) and is located under 7 Kilometres. The station stands between Ahmedabad and Surat with many trains stopping here. The station was upgraded to include many facilities including well-designed ticket counters and clean restrooms on both the platforms. The station also has a dedicated prepaid taxi service for the benefit of passengers.

Gothangam Railway Station

This station is a passenger train hub and located at 11 Kilometres from Surat. Gothangam Railway Station (codenamed GTX) functions as a centre for all the passenger trains maintenance, and also have trains starting from here to Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Valsad. The station has basic amenities and is connected to around 89 other major stations.

Sachin Railway Station

Located on the Sachin- Kansad Road, Sachin Railway Station (codenamed SCH) is 13 Kilometres from Surat. The Station is on the Vadodara- Surat- Mumbai railway line.

Railway Stations in Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram is the largest and busiest railway station in Kerala based on the passenger inflow. The station is also vital and most profitable in the Southern Railways Division. Every day the railway station handles over 200,000 passengers. The station is the hallmark of ancient architecture and was built in 1931 under the aegis of Sree Chithira Thirunal, the Maharaja of Travancore. Thiruvananthapuram Central (code named TVC) is the primary railway station for the city and is located opposite to the Central Bus Station. Over the years, due to high passenger turnout, a second (south) terminal was built at the station in 2004, followed by third (west) terminal in 2007. There are twelve platforms, ten broad-gauge, and two meter gauge at the Thiruvananthapuram central station.

The station is the terminus for the landmark High Speed Rail corridor connecting Chennai and Bangalore with Thiruvananthapuram. Mangalore-Thiruvananthapuram High Speed Rail corridor was proposed in the recent railway budget. The central station is already along the longest train routes in the country with the Kanyakumari-Jammu Express route. Thiruvananthapuram is connected with all major cities such as Mumbai, Chennai, Indore, Calicut, Mangalore, Gorakhpur, Madurai, and Hyderabad.

Thiruvananthapuram railway station has modernized facilities with a host of the latest passenger amenities at service. These include the computerized ticket counter for both the reservation and unreserved, escalators inside the station to commute between the platforms, furnished waiting rooms for all categories, well-maintained restrooms, and delicious food offerings at the in-house restaurants on the platform. The passengers also have access to Any Time Money (ATM), automatic ticket vending machine for platform tickets, elevators for the benefit of old persons, 24×7 customer service, foot over bridge with escalators, public address system with multiple languages for non-local passengers, prepaid auto and complimentary cloak room services. Other value added services include book stalls with a wide variety of novels, internet browsing centres, essential commodity stores with vital household items for sale and even a well-furnished dormitory inside the railway station.

The central station is well guarded with X-ray scanners located at all terminal entrances, equipped with large vehicle parking facility, parcel booking service through railway postal services, Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) screens to update the train arrivals & departures, pleasant lighting ambience and solar lamps on the platform. The Thiruvananthapuram central station was also the first station to have a video surveillance in the state. The modern security gadgets are used by the Railway Protection Force (RPF), and with 24 railway tracks, the station also functions as a hanger.

The central station due to its proximity to the bus services registers high passenger occupancy at any time of the day. There are proposals for modernisation of the central station into world class facility with an estimated budget of $16 million, and such a project would add new features to the central station. Thiruvananthapuram central station will be the first railway station to have two satellite stations to support its functions with increased passenger traffic over the last decade. The myriad of services offered at the central stations became the best practices across all the other railway stations in the Southern Railway Zone of the Indian Railways.

The station is located at almost 3.6 kilometres from the International airport, and 134 kilometres from the Tuticorin Airport. Over the years, the station has positioned itself as the jewel in the Southern Railway Division. The nearest railway stations to Thiruvananthapuram are Kochuveli Station (8 KM North), Nemom Railway station (8 KM South), and Nagercoil Junction (68 KM).

Kochuveli Railway Station

A satellite station was opened in 2005 at Kochuveli called the Kochuveli railway station (code named KCVL) close to the international airport. This railway station was built to ease the passenger traffic at the Thiruvananthapuram central station. Located north of the central station and almost 8 kilometres from the Thiruvananthapuram city, the station already operates long distance trains from the eastern side of the satellite terminal.

Nemom Railway Station

Southern Railways proposed to build another satellite railway station at Nemom to handle the passenger traffic at Thiruvananthapuram central station. Nemom railway station (code named NEM) would also support the maintenance activities that are currently done at the Thiruvananthapuram central station. Located south of the central station and almost 8 kilometres from the Thiruvananthapuram city, Nemom Railway station when operational would serve as the terminus station for all the trains coming to Thiruvananthapuram central station.

Dehradun Railway Station – DDN

Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand, and also one of the popular tourist places in India. The best way to reach here is through a train and Dehradun railway station is well connected with others major cities in the country. Located about two kilometres from the heart of the city, it is the terminus for Northern Railway network. This station is the gateway to Uttarakhand and is the busiest in the region. Dehradun railway station is code named DDN, and the next closest station is Rishikesh located at about 42 kilometres. The railway station was designed with an emphasis on the functional blocks, but not on the aesthetic structures.

There is only one railway station in Dehradun and the proximity of the station to the city makes train journey preferable mode of transport to the city dwellers and tourists. It hosts multiple inter-city express trains connecting to Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Indore, Allahabad, Kolkata, Ujjain, Varanasi, and Amritsar. The frequency of these long distance trains position Dehradun railway station as a central hub for transportation within the state. Every year, thousands of passengers visit Dehradun railway station to earmark the journey to Missouri and Rishikesh pilgrimage. Summer is a busy season for Dehradun railway station with a huge inflow of tourists to the city.

The airport is almost 24 kilometres from the station. The station is located near few landmarks such as Indian Military Academy (6 KM), Malsi Deer Park (10 KM), Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple (6 KM), and Tapovan (5 KM). The nearest railway stations to Dehradun are Harrawala (9 KM), Doiwala (20 KM), Kansrao (30 KM), Haridwar (52 KM), and Roorkee (97 KM).

Facilities available at Dehradun Railway Station –

The influx of passengers to the busiest Dehradun railway station makes the challenge of serving them quite complex. The facilities offered at the station do provide relief to the passengers and make the experience fulfilling. The ticketing facility is computerized and passengers can check their ticket reservation status from the online kiosks located inside the railway station. The 24×7 enquiry counter service provide real-time updates on the passenger queries. The railway station is also equipped with comfortable passenger waiting rooms for all categories. The first class passengers can retire to the well-maintained air-conditioned retiring halls. The restrooms and guest rooms are tidy and the service staffs are courteous for any requested help. The railway station also houses non-vegetarian and vegetarian refreshment counters to satiate the passengers.

The railway station’s other attraction is the tourism shop, which houses the indigenous cultural items of the natives and sells a variety of books on regional literature. There is also a provision of clean drinking water on each platform of the station. The other significant amenities at the railway station include a magazine stall, outlet of the General Police Force (GPF), Railway Protection Force (RPF), and a telephone booth accordingly. The station also has a help desk to provide any support to the tourists who visit the city. It is equipped with a large vehicle parking facility to accommodate the visitors, and there is a pre-paid taxi service outside the station for the benefit of the tourists to the region.

Restaurants near Dehradun Railway Station –

If passengers are not satiated with the food offerings at the cafeteria inside the Dehradun railway station, they have myriad options near the station.

  • Travelkhana Restaurant – Contact # 08800313131

These restaurants are located within a radius of 3 kilometres, and tourists can visit them to savour the regional delectable dishes. Hotel Ambassador is the closest motel to the Dehradun railway station, and the Inter State bus station is over 1 kilometre away. So, those tourists who fail to board the train, the bus services fill the void during the peak summer season.

Famous Food of Dehradun –

The cuisines of Dehradun are prepared with a large amount of milk, and locals prefer to have vegetarian dishes. Dehradun food contains high levels of nutrition      and is cooked from lentils.  Gahat ki Dal, Singodi, Kaafli, and Kumaoni Raita are the popular regional dishes. The city also houses tea plantations and tourists can taste variety of tea flavors.

Trains Passing through Dehradun (DDN) –

Train No. Train Name Arr. Time Dep. Time
New Delhi – Dehradun Shatabdi Express
12:40
destination
Dehradun – New Delhi Shatabdi Express
origin
17:00
New Delhi-Dehradun Jan Shatabdi Express
21:10
destination
Dehradun-New Delhi Jan Shatabdi Express
origin
05:10
New Delhi – Dehradun AC Express
05:40
destination
Dehradun – New Delhi AC Express
origin
23:30
Kochuveli – Dehradun SF Express
18:10
destination
Dehradun-Kochuveli Weekly SF Express
origin
05:50
Upasana Express
18:10
destination
Upasana Express
origin
22:10
DEHRADUN EXP
05:00
destination
Dehradun Chennai Express(DDN-MAS)
origin
06:45
Doon Express
07:25
destination
Doon Express
origin
20:30
Mussoorie Express
08:10
destination
Mussoorie Express
origin
21:20
Sangam Express Slip(ALJN-DDN)
13:10
destination
Link Express (Sangam Slip)
origin
13:20
Kathgodam – Dehradun Express
04:20
destination
Dehradun – Kathgodam Express
origin
23:00
Varanasi – Dehradun Janta Express
06:30
destination
Dehradun – Varanasi Janta Express
origin
18:15
Ujjaini Express
19:00
destination
Ujjaini Express
origin
05:50
Indore-Dehradun Express
19:00
destination
Dehradun-Indore Express
origin
05:50
Dehradun – Amritsar (Lahori) Express
origin
19:40
Amritsar – Dehradun (Lahori) Express
10:15
destination
Rapti Ganga Express
14:00
destination
Rapti Ganga Express
origin
15:30
Rapti Ganga Express
14:00
destination
Rapti Ganga Express
origin
15:30
Mumbai Bandra Terminus- Dehradun Express
17:35
destination
Dehradun – Mumbai Bandra Terminus Express
origin
10:30
Uttaranchal Express
19:00
destination
Uttranchal Express
origin
05:50

Railway Stations in Delhi

Indian Railways is one of the largest rail networks in the world and carries more than 23 million passengers daily. Railways started out between two stations, Bombay and Thane in 1853. Today, there are over 8000 stations in India serving millions of passengers and dealing with freight of large quantities.

Delhi is the capital of India and also called as the National Capital Territory (NCT). It is the second in position among the most populous cities in the world, housing over 27 million residents as of 2014.

As part of its infrastructure, it has a good number of railway stations ranging from Old Delhi to the modern Metro Stations. In total, it has around 24 stations.

They are Anand Vihar (ANV), Badli (BHD), Delhi Safdarjang ( DSJ), Mangalpuri (MGLP), Nangloi (NNO), Palam (PM), Shivaji Bridge  (CSB), Tilak Bridge ( TKJ), Viveka Vihar (VVB),  Adarsh nagar (ANDI),  Okhla  (OKA), Bijwasan ( BWSN), Delhi Kishanganj (DKZ), Delhi Sarai Rohilla (DEE),  Delhi Shahdara (DSA), Narela ( NUR), Shakurbasti (SSB), Tuglakabad (TKD), Anand Vihar Terminus (ANVT), Delhi (DLI), Delhi Cantonment (DEC), Subzi Mandi (SZM), Hazrat Nizamuddin (NZM), New Delhi (NDLS).

But the main stations of Delhi are as follows:

  • New Delhi Railway Station: With station code NDLS, this station is the most important of Delhi stations and is situated between Paharganj and Ajmeri Gate. This station is the third busiest and one among the largest in India. Its 16 platforms are a host to over 300 trains carrying 500,000 passengers daily. It holds the title for the biggest route interlocking system in the world (48) like the Kanpur railway station. Most East bound and South Bound trains originate from this station. Trains to other major cities also originate from this station. In 2007, a commission was given to Terry Farrell and Partners to expand and modernize the station in preparation for the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010.
  • Old Delhi Railway Station: Also called as Delhi Junction, this is the oldest station in Delhi. It was set up near Chandni Chowk in 1864 by the British. It is located next to civil lines and comes under Northern railways. It is connected to most major cities of India and has 10 platforms. It provides services like computerized booking, tourist information centres and the service of Interstate Bus Terminal (ISBT) located nearby. Begun with just 1000 passengers and 2 platforms, this station handles now more than 180,000 passengers and 200 trains on a daily basis. It was built of red stone to complement the Red Fort located nearby.
  • Anand Vihar Railway Terminal: Located near Anand Vihar in East Delhi, this modern station has many new features including its subways, a unique parcel-loading centre, and maintenance yard for 60 trains, food courts, Wi-Fi and special reservation counters. It is well-connected to Anand Vihar Metro and Anand Vihar ISBT. This station provides plenty of space for commuters to park their vehicles. It is modelled after the Vashi terminal of Mumbai. It has many facilities like cloakroom, parcel and luggage office, separate departure and arrival areas, toilets and parking areas.
  • Hazarat Nizamuddin: It is one of the major railway stations of Delhi. It is close to two of Delhi’s most important arteries: Mathura Road and Ring Road. It connects to most cities of India and was developed to ease the congestion of New Delhi station, which is located 5 km to the North. It connects to the Sarai Kale Khan Inter-State Bus Terminal (ISBT).
  • Delhi Sarai Rohilla: It is situated 4 km from Old Delhi railway junction. Managed by the Northern Railways, it caters to trains from regions like Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab. More than 20 trains including Duronto trains originate from this station. Sarai means resting place for travellers. The village was named after Ruhullah Khan, a noble member of the Mughal court, but down the centuries, the name was corrupted to Rohilla after the Rohilla rulers who ruled this region under the Mughals. The Sarai Rohilla station was set up in 1872 during the laying of meter gauge railway line from Delhi to Jaipur and Ajmer and became a small station nearing Delhi. By 2006, all meter gauge of the station was converted to broad gauge.  It has five platforms and ticket reservation facility.

These are some of the major railways stations of Delhi, which are the pride of Indian Railways.