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History of The Train

The word "Shatabdi" means centenary in Sanskrit, Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam, Telugu and some other Indian languages. The first Shatabdi train was started in July 1988 to commemorate the centenary of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru(14.11.1889-14.11.1988/89)First Prime Minister of INDIA) by Madhav Rao Scindia, the then minister for railways. It operated from New Delhi to Gwalior and then Jhansi(extended to Bhopal 1989) . This is a West Central Railway stretch. It is now known as Bhopal Shatabdi Express. Another Shatabdi was introduced(in 1989) between New Delhi and Kanpur, and later extended to Lucknow.

Shatabdi Express trains are a series of Superfast Trains operated by Indian Railways to connect metropolitan 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.

Shatabdi are the fastest trains in India and Indian Railways considers them prestigious trains. Shatabdi Express trains run over short distances-200 to 800 km one way. Rajdhani Expresses are long-distance trains connecting the nation's capital New Delhi to capitals of states. Both series of trains have a regular speed of 130 kmph. The 2001 Bhopal Shatabdi Express, however, runs at 160 kmph, which makes it the fastest train of India.


About The Train

Shatabdi Expresses are a series of superfast passenger trains which are being operated by Indian Railways, to serve as connections between Metro towns and important cities and business centers. Shatabdi Expresses are day trains and they return to the station of origin, the same day.

The train was considered a landmark when it was introduced in India in 1988. In fact, it was criticized heavily by a section of society for its luxury in a poor country. However, with the passage of time, the train has fallen far below global standards of luxury and speed.

Shatabdi Expresses offer fast connectivity with very few stops in between. They are fully air-conditioned and of a much higher standard than most Indian rail coaches.

The Shatabdi Express is the fastest train of India, and it runs at an average speed of around 110 km/h. The New Delhi-Bhopal Shatabdi clocks 130km/h (highest in India) between Delhi to Agra and Return.

So the best and fastest way to get to Agra is by Shatabadi Express, India's "high-speed" train. The trip takes two hours and 10 minutes.

Shatabdi Express Operates between Delhi to Agra [Taj Mahal], Jaipur [Pink City], Amritsar [Golden Temple] & Kalka [Shimla].

Seating arrangements

There is not much difference between first and coach class. its similar to Europe, where up front, there's a bit more space, a cleaner carriage and better service. The whole train is air-conditioned

Airconditioned chair car
Sitting only with comfortable push-back seats (3 by 2) in each row with passage in between and two western style toilets in each compartment.

Executive class
Sitting only with luxury push back seats (2 by 2) in each row with passage space in between.

Tour Packages

Taj Mahal Tour
Delhi - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Delhi (Daily except Friday)

05:15 Hrs.
Pick up from hotel & transfer to Railway Station to board the superfast air conditioned train to Agra.

06:00 Hrs.
Shatabdi Exp. departs New Delhi. Breakfast in the train.

08:06 Hrs.
Arrive Agra, Pick up from Railway Station. & transfer to hotel for the use of Rest Rooms etc. & introduction to the Guide.

09:00 Hrs.
Visit the magnificent Taj Mahal - one of the Seven Wonders of the World, where our professional local guides will explain you about the most extravagant expression of love ever created. 20,000 men labored for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan's beloved wife. The Taj is at its most alluring in the relative quiet of early morning, shrouded in mists and bathed with a soft red glow. As its vast marble surfaces fall into shadow or reflect the sun, its color changes, from soft grey and yellow to pearly cream and dazzling white; it's well worth visiting at different times. This play of light is an important decorative device, symbolically implying the presence of Allah, who is never represented in anthropomorphic form.

11:00 Hrs.
Visit the Agra fort – Built by Emperor Akbar in 1566, the rusty and majestic red-sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna. It comprises many fairy-tale palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan; audience halls, such as the Diwan-i-Khas; and two very beautiful mosques.

12:45 Hrs.
Transfer for a buffet lunch in ITC Mughal Hotel a Five Star Hotel. Sprawled over 35 acres of luxurious gardens, and in close proximity to the Taj Mahal, The only Indian hotel to have won the prestigious Aga Khan Award for its excellent representation of Mughal architecture, it now boasts of a brand new accommodation wing - the 'Khwab Mahal' - Palace of Dreams.

Rated among Agra's best restaurants, ITC Mughal's offerings present an eclectic selection of fine dining options that include a range of Indian and international cuisines.

14:00 Hrs.
Excursion to Fatehpur Sikri-a perfectly preserved red sandstone “ghost town" which was the estranged capital of mughal emperor Akbar, built in 1569 and deserted when its water supply failed. The places to see within Fatehpur Sikri are numerous. From the Buland Darwaza, the main entrance to this ancient city, to the Tomb of Shaikh Salim Chisti, there are numerous noteworthy monuments. Fatehpur Sikri is one of the historic monuments, which is timeless and has rightly earned the status of a world heritage site.

18:00 Hrs.
Free to explore the Agra's rich heritage of handicrafts or at Leisure. Agra is famous for its marble and soft-stone inlay work, leather goods, brassware, carpets and chilan work fabrics, which involve delicate yarn overlays. Semi-precious and precious jewellery in ornate Mughal style is also available.

19:30 Hrs.
Transfer to Railway Station to board the train to Delhi.

21:15 Hrs.
Shatabdi Exp. departs Agra . Dinner in the train.

23:30 Hrs.
Arrive Delhi & Pick up from Railway Station. & transfer to hotel.




Tariff: Executive Class
Shatabdi Express Executive Class Train Tour Tariff (In USD).
Journey Type 02 Pax Single
Same Day Taj Mahal Tours US $ 120 per person US $ 150 per person




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