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Updated January 4th, 2024 at 16:33 IST

Vande Bharat: Ayodhya to Delhi via Lucknow set to roll out on January 4 know fare, timings in detail

Vande Bharat Express, the much-anticipated train journey from Ayodhya to Delhi via Lucknow, is all set to commence its operations on January 4, know more

Rishi Shukla
Vande Bharat Express Ayodhya to Delhi via Lucknow
Vande Bharat Express Ayodhya to Delhi via Lucknow | Image:ANI
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Vande Bharat Express, the much-anticipated train journey from Ayodhya to Delhi via Lucknow, is all set to commence its operations on January 4. The inaugural run from Ayodhya Dham railway station to Anand Vihar showcased a festive atmosphere as the train departed from Ayodhya Cantt at 12:12 pm, reaching Charbagh railway station at 2:37 pm.

The Vande Bharat Express aims to distinguish itself by offering competitive fares compared to renowned trains like Shatabdi and Tejas Express. The executive class fare is set at Rs 2595, surpassing Shatabdi’s Anubhuti class coach. However, concerns arise about potential passenger reluctance due to the relatively expensive fares. On January 4, the chair car fare from Lucknow to Anand Vihar is Rs 1410, while the executive class is Rs 2595.

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Passengers will have the added convenience of catering services on board, with charges included in the fare. The catering charge for chair car is Rs 308, and for executive class, it stands at Rs 369. The train will operate on all days of the week except Wednesdays, and as of January 4, 5, and 6, limited seats are available in both executive class and chair car from Lucknow to Anand Vihar.

The Ayodhya Cantt-Anand Vihar Vande Bharat Express (22425) is scheduled to depart from Ayodhya Cantt at 3:20 pm, reaching Charbagh Railway Station at 5:15 pm. The journey further includes stops at Kanpur Central at 6:35 pm, concluding at Anand Vihar at 11:40 pm. The return journey, Ayodhya Cantt-Anand Vihar Vande Bharat (22426), departs from Anand Vihar at 6:10 am, reaching Ayodhya Cantt at 2:30 pm, with stops at Kanpur Central and Charbagh Railway Station.

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The arrival of Vande Bharat Express at Charbagh railway station was met with enthusiasm and patriotism. Welcoming crowds displayed the tricolor and chanted "Bharat Mata." The platform was adorned for the occasion, and notable figures including Additional Railway Manager Shivendra Shukla, Station Director Prashant Kumar, and Rajya Sabha MP Brijlal participated in the event. Despite fare concerns, passengers were elated during the inaugural run, further emphasizing the significance of Vande Bharat Express.

As Vande Bharat Express takes its maiden journey, the spotlight is on its unique features, timings, and fares. While initial reactions are positive, the impact on passenger preferences remains to be seen as the train seeks to carve its niche in the competitive landscape of Indian railways.

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Published January 1st, 2024 at 19:47 IST

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