Rajdhani Express

The Rajdhani Express is a series of passenger train service in India operated by Indian Railways connecting the national capital New Delhi with the capitals or largest city of various states. The word Rajdhani has been derived from the Devanagri script, which means Capital in English. Apart from that the word Rajdhani means Capital in many languages as spoken in India.[1][2]. This series of trains regularly gets the highest priority in the Indian Railways network and is considered a prestigious and premium train.

Rajdhani Express
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New coaches of Patna Rajdhani Express painted with Madhubani art
Service typeConnecting various state capitals with Delhi
First serviceMarch 3, 1969; 51 years ago (1969-03-03)
Current operator(s)Indian Railways
Train number(s)24
On-board services
Class(es)First Class AC, AC 2-tier, AC 3-tier
Seating arrangementsYes
Sleeping arrangementsYes
Catering facilitiesOn-board catering
Observation facilitiesLarge windows
Entertainment facilitiesElectric outlets
Reading Lights
Baggage facilitiesUnderseat
Other facilitiesBedrolls
Passenger Information System
Rolling stockLHB rakes
Track gaugeIndian Gauge
1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speedMaximum 130–140 km/h (81–87 mph)
Track owner(s)Indian Railways


In the Railway Budget of 1969-70, an introduction of a new superfast train was done which will connect Delhi to Kolkata in less than 18 hours. Until then, the fastest trains implying between these two cities usually takes more than 18 hours. Thus on 1 March 1969, the first Rajdhani Express left from New Delhi to Howrah at 1730 hrs and arrived at its destination at 1050 hrs on the next day. Thus completing its total journey 1451 km in a record time of 17 hours 20 minutes. The return Rajdhani Express left Howrah Junction at 1700 hrs and arrived at New Delhi on its next day at 1020 hrs. The initial maximum speed of the Howrah Rajdhani Express was 100 km/hr. Till 1972, Howrah Rajdhani Express was the only Rajdhani Express in India, until in 1972 when Indian Railways decided to introduced Bombay Rajdhani, now Mumbai Rajdhani Express between Mumbai Central and New Delhi. Till 1992, there were only two Rajdhani Express in India. Later on, with subsequent development of the tracks, other Rajdhani Express was introduced gradually. The last Rajdhani Express to be introduced as of now was the Mumbai CSMT–Hazrat Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express. Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram, Uttrakhand, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Manipur, Nagaland, and Punjab are the only states without a Rajdhani express terminating/originating from any of its major cities.


Rajdhani express gets the highest priority on the Indian railway network.[3] They are fully air-conditioned. Passengers are served optional meals (food price included in the train fare) during the journey. Depending on the duration and timings of the journey, these could include morning tea, breakfast, lunch, high tea and dinner.[3] All Rajdhani Express trains offer three classes of accommodation: AC First Class (1A) with 2-berth and 4-berth coupès (with locking facility for privacy), AC 2-tier (2T) with open bays (4 berths/bay + 2 berths on the other side of the aisle of each bay), provided with curtains for privacy, and AC 3-tier (3T) with open bays (6 berths/bay + 2 berths on the other side of the aisle of each bay) without curtains.

Currently there are 24 pairs of trains, connecting New Delhi to important cities across the country. These trains have fewer stops than other express trains and halt only at prominent stations. Recently Dynamic pricing has been introduced on all Rajdhani express trains.


There are currently 24 operational pairs of Rajdhani Express:[4][5]

State Terminal Station in Delhi Train Name Train No. Distance Average Speed Inauguration
Assam New Delhi Dibrugarh Town Rajdhani Express (via Barauni) 12423/12424 2,434 km (1,512 mi) 75 km/h (47 mph) 1996
New Delhi Dibrugarh Town Rajdhani Express (via Hajipur) 20505/20506 2,458 km (1,527 mi) 68 km/h (42 mph) 1999
New Delhi Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express (via Muzzafarpur) 20503/20504 2,452 km (1,524 mi) 68 km/h (42 mph) 2010
Bihar New Delhi Patna Rajdhani 12309/12310 998 km (620 mi) 83 km/h (52 mph) 1996
Chhattisgarh New Delhi Bilaspur Rajdhani 12441/12442 1,501 km (933 mi) 74 km/h (46 mph) 2001
Goa Hazrat Nizamuddin Madgaon Rajdhani 22413/22414 2,094 km (1,301 mi) 71 km/h (44 mph) 2015
Gujarat New Delhi Swarna Jayanti Rajdhani 12957/12958 934 km (580 mi) 68 km/h (42 mph) 1998
Jammu and Kashmir New Delhi Jammu Tawi Rajdhani 12425/12426 582 km (362 mi) 64 km/h (40 mph) 1994
Jharkhand New Delhi Ranchi Rajdhani (via Bokaro) 20839/20840 1,305 km (811 mi) 74 km/h (46 mph) 2001
New Delhi Ranchi Rajdhani (via Daltonganj) 12453/12454 1,341 km (833 mi) 76 km/h (47 mph) 2006
Karnataka Hazrat Nizamuddin Bengaluru Rajdhani 22691/22692 2,365 km (1,470 mi) 70 km/h (43 mph) 1992
Kerala Hazrat Nizamuddin Thiruvananthapuram Rajdhani 12431/12432 3,149 km (1,957 mi) 68 km/h (42 mph) 1993
Maharashtra New Delhi Mumbai Rajdhani 12951/12952 1,384 km (860 mi) km 89 km/h (55 mph) 1972
Hazrat Nizamuddin August Kranti Rajdhani 12953/12954 1,377 km (856 mi) 80 km/h (50 mph) 1992
Hazrat Nizamuddin Mumbai CSMT Rajdhani 22221/22222 1,535 km (954 mi) 86 km/h (53 mph) 2019
Odisha New Delhi Bhubaneswar Rajdhani (via Adra) 22811/22812 1,723 km (1,071 mi) 76 km/h (47 mph) 1994[6]
New Delhi Bhubaneswar Rajdhani (via Bokaro) 22823/22824 1,800 km (1,100 mi) 74 km/h (46 mph) 2003[7]
New Delhi Bhubaneswar Rajdhani (via Rourkela ) 20817/20818 1,914 km (1,189 mi) 71 km/h (44 mph) 2018
Tamil Nadu Hazrat Nizamuddin Chennai Rajdhani 12433/12434 2,175 km (1,351 mi) 77 km/h (48 mph) 1993
Telangana Hazrat Nizamuddin Secunderabad Rajdhani 12437/12438 1,661 km (1,032 mi) 76 km/h (47 mph) 2002
Tripura Anand Vihar Terminal Agartala Rajdhani 20501/20502 2,421 km (1,504 mi) 59 km/h (37 mph) 2017
West Bengal New Delhi Howrah Rajdhani (via Gaya) 12301/12302 1,447 km (899 mi) 86 km/h (53 mph) 1969
New Delhi Howrah Rajdhani (via Patna) 12305/12306 1,530 km (950 mi) 79 km/h (49 mph)
New Delhi Sealdah Rajdhani 12313/12314 1,453 km (903 mi) 83 km/h (52 mph) 2000


  • On 09 September 2002. At least 130 people were killed in an accident when the Howrah New Delhi Rajdhani derailed near Rafiganj, which was reportedly due to sabotage by a local Maoist terrorist group, the Naxalites.
  • On 25 June 2014, at least four passengers were killed and eight injured when the New Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express derailed at Goldin Ganj station near Chapra in suspected sabotage by Maoists. The train was heading towards Dibrugarh.[8]
  • On the morning of 14th Sept 2017, at around 6.00 a.m. IST, a coach of the New Delhi-Ranchi Rajdhani Express derailed at the New Delhi station. According to railway spokesperson, no one was injured in the incident.[9]
  • On October 18 2018, 2 coaches of TVC Rajdhani derailed at manned level crossing near Ratlam when a truck rammed into the train. There were no injuries to train passengers but the truck driver was killed due to the collision. The Train continued journey after delay of 7 hours towards New Delhi.
  • On 3 Apr 2019, Two Coaches of Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Uncoupled on the river Bridge which is 2.5 km away from Cuttack immediately the loco pilot stopped the train, no casualties reported.[10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Top 10 Highest Priority Trains of Indian Railways Network". WalkthroughIndia.com. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Highest Priority Trains of Indian Railways". erail.in. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Rajdhani Express and Duronto Express Trains". MakeMyTrip. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  4. ^ "List of all Rajdhani Express trains". etrain.info. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Rajdhani Express Trains - Railway Enquiry". indiarailinfo.com. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  6. ^ Rail Budget 1994-95
  7. ^ Rail Budget 2003-04
  8. ^ "Rajdhani Express derails near Chhapra in Bihar; Railway suspects 'sabotage'". timesofindia-economictimes. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Rajdhani Express coach derails at New Delhi Railway Station". timesofindia-indiatimes. Retrieved 14 September 2017.

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