Jaipur: Ever fancied travelling through the regal landscape of Rajasthan in a train, checking out its palaces, rich history and more? Vande Bharat Express, the new train that Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off via video conference on Wednesday, will have regular services from April 13 and will operate between Ajmer and Delhi Cantonment, with stoppages in Jaipur, Alwar and Gurugram.
The train will complete the journey an hour earlier than the present fastest train running on the route. The inaugural run will be between Jaipur and Delhi Cantonment.
The train will cover the distance between Delhi Cantonment and Ajmer in 5 hours and 15 minutes. Shatabdi Express, the fastest train on this route at present, covers the distance in 6 hours and 15 minutes. The Ajmer-Delhi Cantonment Vande Bharat Express is the world's first semi-high speed passenger train on high-rise overhead electric territory.
The train will improve the connectivity of Rajasthan's major tourist destinations, including Pushkar and Ajmer Dargah, and boost the region's socio-economic development.
Delhi-Ajmer Vande Bharat express starts at 6.40pm on April 14
Ajmer - Delhi will begin at 6.20am on April 14
The trains will run on all days except for Wednesday.
Fare and food choices
Delhi Cantonment to Ajmer – Rs 1250 (Rs 308 catering charges. Executive Class will have Rs 369 as catering charges).
Ajmer Jn to Delhi Cantonment – Rs 1085 (Rs 142 as catering charges) in chair car and Rs 2075 in Executive Class (Rs 175 as catering charge).
Passengers can also opt for the 'No Food' option, in which case there will be no catering charges.
(With PTI inputs)