Best train journeys in North India.
Best train journeys in North India.
Trains are one of the safest and most economical mode of transport in India. Either when travelling on a budget or just for the experience; trains are the best bet.
Listed below are a few trains for North India
1. Train from Delhi to Agra
Train Name – 12002 Bhopal Shatabdi
Starts from New Delhi upto Bhopal
Departure time – 06:00 hrs (Delhi)
Arrival time – 08:06 hrs (Agra Cantt)
Pros: Shatabdi is the fastest train after the Rajdhani. This train reaches Agra in 2 hrs whereas a car would take about 3.5 to 4.5 hours depending on traffic conditions.
Breakfast is served as catering is available in the train.
Cons: As it is an early morning train, not ideal for late risers.
There are other trains to Agra but this is the only one that reaches in such short time
Return Journey: (12001 Ndls Shatabdi) Leaves from Agra Cantt at 20:35 hrs and reaches New Delhi at 22:45 hrs
The train also halts at Jhansi so take this train to get to Orccha from Delhi or Agra. (Jhansi is the nearest station to Orccha)
2. Trains from Agra to Jaipur
Train name: 12195 Af Aii Intercity
Starts from Agra Fort up to Ajmer
Departure time – 05:10 hrs (Agra Fort)
Arrival time – 09:30 hrs (Jaipur)
Pros: As it starts from Agra itself, the train will depart on time. The other trains on this route are long distance trains which start from Kolkata, Varanasi, Khajuraho etc and will be delayed by the time they reach Agra.
Cons: The travel time is the same as driving to Agra. And if you rent a car, you can also stop to visit the fortress city of Fatehpur Sikri. Again, not ideal for late risers.
There is an evening train departing at 18:00 hrs from Agra reaching Jaipur at 22:20 hrs (Af Jp Shatabdi 12036).
*this Shatabdi runs on all days except Thursday.
Return Journey: (12196 Aii Af Intercity) Leaves from Jaipur at 17:10 hrs and reaches Agra Fort at 21:30 hrs
3. Jaipur to Jaisalmer by train
Train Name – 14659 Dli Jsm Exp
From Delhi up to Jaisalmer
Departure time – 23:45 hrs (Jaipur)
Arrival time – next day 11:15 hrs (Jaisalmer)
Pros: It is the only train on this route and the best alternative, as Jaisalmer does not have an airport so you cannot take a flight and too long a drive. You can take a bus but the bus from Jaipur only goes upto Jodhpur and from there you have to take another bus to Jaisalmer.
Cons: Late night train, however, Jaipur is a busy junction and you will always find people around so do not worry about being alone and unsafe.
Return Journey: (14660 Jsm Dli Exp) Leaves from Jaisalmer at 17:15 hrs and reaches Jaipur next morning at 04:50 hrs
*You can also end your trip in Jaisalmer and take this train upto Delhi (if your international flight is from Delhi. Thi train reaches Delhi at 11:10 hrs
4. Train to Jodhpur from Jaisalmer
Train Name – (14660) Jsm Dli Exp
This is the same train that goes from Jaisalmer to Delhi
Departure time – 17:15 hrs (Jaisalmer)
Arrival time – 22.25 hrs (Jodhpur)
Pros: The train runs at a convenient time, you can spend the day in Jaisalmer and leave at leisure.
Cons: As it is a long distance train (goes upto Delhi), it can get delayed although the occurrence is not often.
Return Journey: (14659 Dli Jsm Exp) Leaves from Jodhpur at 05:30 hrs and reaches Jaisalmer at 11:15 hrs
*There is an intercity that runs between Jaisalmer and Jodhpur, (Dep 23:30 hrs Arr 05:20 hrs) However as the timings are odd and not convenient (you miss out on a good nights rest), we recommended taking the evening train.
5. Train from Jaipur to Udaipur
Train Name – (09721) Jp Udz Superfast Special
Departure time – 06:45 hrs (Jaipur)
Arrival time – 13:45 hrs (Udaipur)
Pros: Although the travel time is the same, the train is convenient and much more cost effective than renting a car.
Cons: This train has only chair car seating (like in an A/C Volvo Bus); for some it can get uncomfortable sitting at a stretch for 7 hours.
As it is a special train, it is not permanently on the railway system but extended on a regular basis.
Return Journey: (09722 Udz Jp Superfast Special) Leaves from Udaipur at 14:15 hrs and reaches Jaipur at 21:15 hrs
The train halts at Ajmer (nearest station to Pushkar), you can take this train if going to Pushkar from Jaipur or if going to Udaipur from Pushkar.
6. Jaipur to Jodhpur by train
Train Name – 22478 Jp Ju Superfast Exp
Departure time – 06:00 hrs (Jaipur)
Arrival time – 10:30 hrs (Jodhpur)
Pros: Driving to Jodhpur takes about 5.5 hrs or more depending on traffic conditions. The train is superfast and reaches in 4.5 hrs so definitely worth saving the extra bucks.
Cons: Cons: Early morning train, however, the best option available on this route.
Return journey: (22477 Jp Ju Superfast Exp) Leaves from Jodhpur at 18:15 hrs and reaches Jaipur at 22:40 hrs
7. From Khajuraho to Agra by train
Train Name: 19665 Kurj Udz Exp
Starts from Khajuraho upto Udaipur
Departure time – 09:10 hrs (Khajuraho)
Arrival time – 17:35 hrs (Agra Cantt)
Pros: Best way to get to Agra from Khajuraho. There are no directly flights and the only other way is to fly to Delhi (again most flights are via Varanasi) and from Delhi, drive to Agra.
Cons: An entire day is spent in the train. However, when possible, travel by First class as the fare is cheap enough and you get to spend the day in absolute comfort.
Return journey: (19666 Udz Kurj Exp) Leaves from Agra Cantt at 10:50 hrs and reaches Khajuraho at 19:30 hrs
8. Train from Delhi to Pathankot
Train Name – 14033 Jammu Mail
Departure time – 20:10 hrs (Old Delhi)
Arrival time – next morning 06:10 hrs (Pathankot)
Pros: The train timings are perfect. You take the train after an entire day of sightseeing in Delhi and after a good sleep, you wake up in the Himalayas.
Cons: Pathankot is the nearest station to Dharamshala and it is a 3 hour drive from the station to Dharamshala city. So after a long train journey, another 3 hr drive can get tiresome, however, the drive is extremely scenic.
Return journey: (14034 Jammu Mail) Leaves from Pathankot at 19:05 hrs and reaches Khajuraho at 05:45 hrs
*Recently flights have been introduced and Air India/ Spicejet have regular flights between Delhi and Dharamshala
9. Delhi to Amritsar by train
Train Name – 12029 Swarna Shatabdi
Departure time – 07:20 hrs (New Delhi)
Arrival time – 13:35 hrs (Amritsar)
Pros: If travelling on a budget, taking a train to Amritsar is the best alternative. You can also take buses, but train would be more comfortable.
Return journey: (12030 Swarna Shatabdi) Leaves from Amritsar at 16:55 hrs and reaches New Delhi at 23:05 hrs
There is another Shatabdi that leaves in the evening at 16:30 hrs to Amritsar
10. Train from Delhi to Haridwar
Train Name – 12017 Dehradun Shatabdi
Departure time – 06:50 hrs ( New Delhi)
Arrival time – 11:25 hrs (Haridwar)
Pros: The bumpy roads from Delhi to Haridwar make this train a better alternative.
There is another Shatabdi that leaves from Delhi at 15:00 hrs reaching Haridwar around 19:00 hrs.
Return journey: (12018 Dehradun Shatabdi) Leaves from Haridwar at 18:13 hrs and reaches New Delhi at 22:45 hrs
Haridwar is a 30-45min drive to Rishikesh. You can also fly to Dehradun which the nearest airport to Rishikesh from Delhi. Rishikesh is an hours drive from Dehradun