Image is for representation purposes onlyThe wait is finally over - India's fastest train, The Gatimaan Express, has just been inaugurated today, on Tuesday, 5th April 2016. Starting a new chapter in the history of the Indian Railways, the train hit the tracks at Hazrat Nizamuddin Station, New Delhi by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu (with a music band playing shehnai in the backdrop, that too). The Gatimaan Express is India's first semi-high speed train which shall make day trips to Agra a breeze. The Taj Mahal is now just a few minutes away. The Gatimaan Express will run at a maximum speed of 160 km per hour, covering the 200 km long distance in 100 minutes. Passengers will be graciously welcomed with roses and ushered to their seats by train hostesses (a first, outside of super luxury trains like the Palace on Wheels). In addition, they will also be given free access to wi-fi and multimedia entertainment including movies, TV shows, sports videos, news and cartoons during their journey. Now, that's a journey to look forward to.
Note: The Gatimaan Express fare will be 25 per cent higher than Shatabdi Express. In Delhi-Agra Shatabadi Express, the chair car fare is Rs. 540 whereas Executive Class is Rs. 1040. The fare for chair car in fully air conditioned Gatimaan Express has been fixed at Rs. 690, and for Executive Class it will be Rs 1,365.Planning your next trip to Agra? We surely are.