Rajdhani Express - Indian Railway's Iconic Train  Service

Rajdhani express was introduced on March 1, 1969. Train service was started between New Delhi and Howrah on March 1, 1969, as a bi-weekly train to cover 1441 km in under 18 hours.

First Rajdhani express, coaches were built at Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Perambur, consisting of two power cars, five AC chair cars, one AC dining car and one AC first class coach.

Rajdhani is one of the premium trains operated by Indian Railways and get priority over many other trains on the Indian railway network.

Rajdhani trains have fully air-conditioned coaches. Rajdhani is the first fully air-conditioned train introduced by Indian Railways.

These trains have fewer stops compared to many other trains and most of these are long-distance trains with over 24 hours of journey duration. 

New Rajdhani Express train, replaced chair cars with AC 2-tier and AC 3-tier coaches. luggage vans.

At present trains operate with LHB coaches consisting two AC First Class, five AC 2-tier, 10 AC 3-tier with one Pantry Car and 2 Power cars-cum-luggage vans.

Rajdhani Express connecting Delhi and Jammu Tawi has the shortest route and journey time (582 km/ about 9 hours).

Trivandrum Central in Kerala to Hazrat Nizamuddin in South Delhi (3,149 km/ about 46 hours) is the longest Rajdhani route in India.