Rajdhani Express is a passenger train service in India operated by Indian Railways connecting New Delhi with other important destinations, especially state capitals.
Rajdhani Express was introduced in 1969 for providing fast connections (up to 150 km/h or 93 mph, speed variation depending upon the particular track section) from New Delhi to the capital cities of various states in India. The first Rajdhani Express left New Delhi station for Howrah station to cover a distance of 1,445 km in 16 hours 20 mins.
Rajdhanis get highest priority on the Indian railway network. They are fully air-conditioned. Passengers are served complimentary meals during the journey. Depending on the duration and timings of the journey, these could include lunch, high tea, dinner, morning tea and breakfast. Almost all Rajdhani trains offer three classes of accommodation: First Class AC with 2- or 4-berth lockable bedrooms, AC 2-tier with open berths (bays of 4 berths + 2 berths on the other side of the corridor) with curtains for privacy, and AC 3-tier (bays of 6 berths + 2 berths on the side) with curtains for privacy. Currently there are 24 pairs of Rajdhani Express trains, connecting New Delhi to Kolkata, Patna, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Ranchi, Jammu, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram. These trains have fewer stops than other express trains and halt only at state capitals and prominent cities. Indian Railways have also introduced Free wi-fi facility in Rajdhani Express Trains.
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