Indian Railways is the second largest rail network in Asia and the fourth largest government rail network in the world. Heavy congestion in trains and hassle of not getting tickets is common for Indian Railways passengers. To solve such problem, Indian Railways started running ‘premium trains’. The special thing about the ‘premium train’ run by the railways is that tickets for these trains can only be booked online and the fare of this type of train is much higher than the common trains.In this train there is a complete guarantee of seat confirmation, but as the seats become full, the fare will increase, that is, if you want a confirmed ticket, then the fare should be paid accordingly. Usually the airplane fare also increases on this basis. Catering facilities are also available in these trains. Such trains have both AC and non AC service and these trains are also faster than other trains as well as stops are also less.So let’s know about the best premium trains –
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.. This series of trains regularly gets the highest priority in the Indian Railways network and is considered a prestigious and premium train.
Shatabdi Express trains are a series of fast (called superfast in India) passenger trains operated by Indian Railways to connect Metro cities with other cities important for tourism, pilgrimage or business. Shatabdi Express are day-trains and they return to the station of origin the same day.
The Shatabdi along with The Rajdhani and the Duronto are among the fastest trains in India and Indian Railways considers Rajdhani and Shatabdi as prestigious. Shatabdi Expresses gets the second-highest priority, after Rajdhani Expresses which get the highest priority.
The Shatabdi Express trains run over short to medium distances while the Rajdhani Expresses and the Duronto Expresses are long-distance trains. Rajdhani Expresses connect the nation’s capital New Delhi to capitals of states and other major cities while Duronto Expresses connect major cities to other major cities. All three series of trains have a maximum speed of about 120 km/h (75 mph). The 12001 Bhopal Shatabdi express, however, runs at a peak speed of 155 km/h (96 mph), which makes it the third fastest train in India after the Gatimaan Express and Vande Bharat Express.
Duronto Express is a category of long-distance non-stop source to destination trains run by the Indian Railways. Initially these trains did not have any ticketing stops between the origin and the destination, but since January 2016 it is possible to book tickets from those technical stops. “Duronto” means “Great” in Bengali. These trains’ coaches have characteristic yellow-green livery which contains a bi-meaning signature which are a field full of flower and a river flowing over it, 2nd meaning is a boy is running on the fields which signifies the meaning of Duronto. Duronto Express services connect the several metros and major state capitals of India. As of now, there are only two Duronto expresses that run on daily basis, one being Nagpur-CSMT Duronto and other one being Mumbai Central-Rajkot AC Duronto.
Sampark kranti Express
Sampark Kranti Express trains are a series of super-fast trains operated by the Indian Railways providing quick connectivity to the national capital, New Delhi.
The words Sampark and Kranti are borrowed from Sanskrit. Sampark (Devanagari:-सम्पर्क) means Contact and Kranti(Devanagari:-क्रान्ति ) means Revolution. The combined name denotes the steps taken by Indian Railways to provide high speed train connections from cities around India with the National Capital through the provision of non-air conditioned express trains with few stops and operating at high speeds. A similar capability had been introduced earlier on the Rajdhani series of super-fast. However, these trains were completely air-conditioned and hence quite expensive.
Garib Rath Express
The Garib Rath (literally: poor chariot; implies: “Poor people’s chariot”) is a no-frills air-conditioned train started by the Indian Railways in 2005 to provide subsidized price air-conditioned long-distance travel to passengers who could not afford standard fares of air-conditioned class in regular-fare trains. As the fares are less than two-thirds of the fares for air-conditioned classes in other trains, the distance between each seat or berth is less, the seats and berths are narrower and each coach has more seats and berths than in air-conditioned coaches in other trains.
Only seating and three-tier (78 seats) accommodation is provided in these trains. The passengers are not provided with free bedding or food. It is significantly faster and has higher priority than super-fast express trains. The maximum speed of Garib Rath trains is 130 km/h which is at par with Rajdhani’s and Duronto. The maiden journey of the train started from Saharsa, Bihar to Amritsar, Punjab (Saharsa Amritsar Garib Rath Express).
Humsafar Express is a fully premium service with AC-3 Tier and Sleeper Class accommodation having all the modern facilities designed and operated by Indian Railways. Its services include long haul routes. The first service was inaugurated on 16 December 2016 between Gorakhpur and Anand Vihar Terminal, New Delhi. The fares of Humsafar Express at the time of launch are around 15-20% higher compared to normal AC-3 tier and Sleeper Class fares.
The Tejas Express is India’s first semi-high speed fully air-conditioned train Introduced by Indian Railways. It features modern onboard facilities with doors which are operated automatically. Tejas means “sharp”, “lustre” and “brilliance” in many Indian languages. These trains are among the fastest trains in India along with Rajdhani Express, Gatimaan Express, Shatabdi Express, Vande Bharat Express and Duronto Express and get the highest priority on the Indian railway network. Currently four trains are running .
Gatimaan Express is India’s first semi-high speed train that runs between Delhi and Jhansi. The train takes 265 minutes to cover the 403 km (250 mi) journey from Hazrat Nizamuddin to Jhansi Junction railway stations with an average speed of 91 km/h (57 mph) from 1 April 2018.