Gatimaan Express- India’s First Semi-Bullet Train from Delhi to Agra
The Indian Railways have launched the most endorsed fastest train of the country, Gatimaan Express on Tuesday, the 5th of April. At 10:10 AM in the morning, on Tuesday, the Indian Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu flagged off the train at Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station of Delhi.
It is a semi high speed train that is operated at a speed of 160 km/h (99 mph) between the popular Indian destinations Delhi and Agra. The train runs from Hazrat Nizamuddin to Agra Cantonment railway station, covering 188 km in 100 minutes.
Gatimaan Express, as promised covered a distance of nearly 200 km in exactly 100 minutes. Therefore, this electric locomotive with a horse power of 5,400 and top speed of 160 kmph, ran successfully from Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station, Delhi to Agra Cantonment station.
This train is little faster than the Bhopal Shatabdi Express, which was launched 28 years back. The Bhopal Shatabdi express reaches Agra in 117 minutes by taking a longer route from New Delhi Railway station.
The train is very well appointed and is equipped with automatic sliding doors, fire alarms, bio-toilets and GPS-based passenger information system. The passengers will be served by the train hostesses. Multimedia content and free Wi-Fi will be provided to the passengers. North Indian and South Indian delicacies (veg and non-veg meals) will be served to its passengers.
How It will Improve Agra Tourism
It will definitely improve tourism as it takes lesser time to reach Agra from Delhi. Therefore, Tourists traveling to Agra from Delhi every year can travel comfortably and easily during their Same Day Taj Mahal Tour or Golden Triangle Tour.
Look & Features of Gatimaan
Being painted in blue & grey and highlighted with a bright yellow stripe at the center, the train looks good. Although it sputtered in the beginning but after crossing Okhla railway station, it picked up speed and thus completed the journey at a very high speed, carrying 237 passengers. The perfectly clean AC Chair Car coaches of the train are equipped with comfy seats for the passengers.
The smiling hosts and hostesses of the train welcome the passengers, greeting them with flowers and chocolates.
The Schedule and Timing of the Train
Gatimaan Express is a semi-bullet train that will be operated for 6 days in a week, except Friday.
The departure time of Gatimaan Express from Nizamuddin railway station is 8:10 AM. It will reach Agra Cantt. at 9.50 AM. While returning back, the train will leave from Agra at 5:50 PM and will reach Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station at 7:30 PM.
Gatimaan Express, which is fully air conditioned is comprised of 8 AC Chair Car coaches and 2 Executive AC Chair Car. The fare for Executive Class will be ₹1500 (US$22) and traveling by AC Chair Car will cost ₹750 (US$11).
Below mentioned are the highlights of this train that will attract more and more passengers:
Train hostesses: The train hostesses of Gatimaan Express will escort the passengers to their seats and will offer them roses.
Cuisines: In Gatimaan Express, passengers can relish both Indian and continental cuisines. upma, Kanjeevaram idli, mini dosa, swiss roll, chicken roll aloo kulcha, fresh cut fruits and roasted dry fruits will be served to its passengers. Besides, Spanish egg white omelet along with Chicken sausages and date walnut slice cakes will be served in Bone China Crockery.
Hotspot and Multimedia Content: Passengers can access free multimedia content. The coaches are equipped with Hotspot devices that allow the passengers to access multimedia on their smart-phones, laptops and tablets without any charges.
Therefore, passengers can avail this service to access a wide range of multimedia content like videos, movies, film documentaries, TV serials, news, sports, video songs, cartoons and devotional songs, etc.
To access the service, passengers need to download and install an app to enjoy this free service.
Traversing to Agra from Delhi has now become easy with the launch of Gatimaan Express. It will save time and value money. It will hopefully give Indian tourism a new dimension. Travelogy India will definitely choose Gatimaan Express for the convenience of its guests providing them all comfort and ultimate experience of touring with impeccable services.