Kashi Mahakal Express is a new train introduced on Mahashivratri, running between Indore and Varanasi. The train was inaugurated on 16th February 2020 and was started off by Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India. This is of the more than 50 projects launched by PM in Varanasi, at the cost of INR 1250 crores. The train started its maiden journey on 20th February, 2020 with the signal from Shankar Lalwani, MP of Indore.
The train connects many destinations and religious sites of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Kashi Mahakal Express is a fully air-conditioned superfast train. On its maiden journey, 612 bookings were done by 7 pm, 19th February. This amounts to 90% of the total capacity. According to officials, the demand would only increase over time.
When Kashi Mahakal Express Launched?
After the success of the two runnings Tejas Express between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, and between Lucknow and New Delhi, the Indian railways has started the third service; the Kashi Mahakal Express. Kashi Mahakal Express Train launched in Feb 20, 2020.
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Seat Reserved For Lord Shiva
The train’s B5 coach has a small shrine. The seat 64 of that coach is dedicated to Lord Shiva and will be kept reserved for the almighty in the days to come, too. The authorities have placed pictures of lord Shiva on the seat and have plans to conduct prayers and offerings on special occasions and auspicious days.
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Destinations Covered By Kashi Mahakal Express
The train connects three main Jyotirlingas (Shiva temples). The train route covers Omkareshwar (closer to Indore, Madhya Pradesh), Mahakaleshar (in Ujjain, MP), and the Varanasi’s Kashi Vishwanath Temple (UP). It also connects the commercial and educational spots of Bhopal (capital of MP) and Indore.
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Mahakal Express Route
The train route covers 1131 km between Indore and Varanasi (via Lucknow) and 1102 km between the destinations while running via Prayagraj of Allahabad. Both the routes span for around 19 hours. During the route via Lucknow, the train halts at stations like Sultanpur, Lucknow, Sant Hirdaram Nagar, Ujjain, Kanpur, Jhansi, and Bina. During the Prayagraj route, the train stops at Allahabad, Bina, Kanpur Sant Hirdaram Nagar, Jhansi, and Ujjain in both directions.
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Kashi Mahakal Express Fare
The Kashi Mahakal Express Ticket Cost varies on the routes provided by the train. Find below details of Kashi Mahakal Express Price:
- Cost of ticket from Varanasi to Indore – INR 1951
- Cost of ticket from Varanasi to Prayagraj – INR 737
- Cost of ticket from Varanasi to Lucknow – INR 679
- Cost of ticket from Varanasi to Kanpur – INR 980
- Cost of the ticket from Varanasi to Bina – INR 1463
- Cost of ticket from Varanasi to Sant Hirdaram Nagar – INR 1599
- Cost of ticket from Varanasi to Ujjain – INR 1803
No concessions are provided for the tickets. A child below the age of 5 can travel without a ticket. The train fare is also said to be dynamic. IRCTC reserves the right to determine the ticket price. The ticket price includes the meals during the travel.
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Kashi Mahakal Express Schedule
The train service runs three times a week in each direction. There are two trains per week between Varanasi and Indore via Lucknow and one train via Prayagraj.
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Kashi Mahakal Express Timings
Train 82401 – Kashi Mahakal Express Varanasi to Indore : Starts from Varanasi on Tuesdays and Thursdays (2:45 pm). The train reaches Indore on day two, at 09:40 am.
On the return journey, the train is 82402 – Kashi Mahal Express (Indore – Varanasi). The train starts from Indore on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:55 am and reaches Varanasi by 6 am on day two.
Train 82403 – Kashi Mahakal Express runs between Varanasi and Lucknow via Prayagraj. This train runs once a week. The train starts from Varanasi on Sunday 3:15 pm and reaches Indore on Monday 9:40 am.
On the return route, train 82404 –Kashi Mahakal Express starts from Indore at 10:55 am on Mondays and reaches Varanasi on Tuesday at 5 am.
Facilities of Kashi Mahakal Express
Kashi Mahakal Express is the first long-distance luxury train under Tejas Express category. Thus, IRCTC has taken pains to create a very comforting and luxury ambiance. The train comes with a long list of facilities and amenities.
- The passengers are served high-quality vegetarian meal.
- The train has on-board housekeeping and security services.
- Bedrolls are provided for the passengers, by nighttime.
- The train is fitted with CCTV, which is monitoring around the clock. Smoke and heat sensors are fitted in each coach and also in the bathrooms.
- Moreover, every passenger of the train is provided with a travel insurance for INR 10 lakhs that covers the span of the journey.
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Tour Packages offered by Kashi Mahakal Express
The Kashi Mahakal Express Train also provides exclusive tour packages to cover business, tourism, and pilgrimage sites. These packages cover destinations in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Top destinations covered during these packages are Prayag, Ayodhya, Bhimbetka, Ujjain, Sanchi, Bhopal, Mahakaleshwar, Omkareshwar, and Kashi (Varanasi). The tour packages cover sightseeing with AC vehicles, accommodation in AC hotels, and complimentary breakfast and dinner.
1. 2 Nights 3 Days Ujjain –Omkareshwar Package
This tour package spans for three days and two nights. It starts on Monday and Wednesday. The price of the package is INR 9,420 per head. This package includes visitation to pilgrimage sites like Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga temple, Har Siddhi Temple, Kaal Bhairab Temple, Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple, Ram Mandir Ghat, and others.
2. 3 Nights 4 Days Ujjain Omkareshwar Maheshwar Indore package
This tour package spans for three nights and four days covering important spiritual destinations like KaalBhairab Temple, OmkareshwarJyotirlinga Temple, MahakaleshwarJyotirlinga temple, and historic sites like Narmada Ghat and Holkar Fort. The cost of this package is INR 12,450 per head. This package starts on every Friday.
3. 3 Nights 4 Days Bhopal Sanchi Bhimbetka Ujjain package
This tour also starts from Friday and spans for four days and three nights. This tour is priced at INR 14,950 per head. The destinations covered in this itinerary are Sanchi Stupa, KaalBhairab Temple, Bhimbetka rock painting, MahakaleshwarJyotirlinga temple, and Harsiddhi Temple.
4. Bhopal Sanchi Bhimbetka package
This package starts on Mondays and Wednesdays, The itinerary costs INR 8,480 and covers destinations like Bhimbetka rock painting, Bhopal, and Sanchi Stupa.
Interior of Kashi Mahakal Express
The train coaches are fitted with LED lights. Each coach is secured by two private guards and light devotional music is always played in the background. The officials have promised that this would be full-service overnight train. The stalls are dressed in yellow payjama and kurta and sport a rudraksha chain around their neck to blend with the theme. The seat numbers are also in braille to aid visually impaired passengers.
How to book Kashi Mahakal Express?
Tickets for the train are available to booking via the IRCTC web portal or via IRCTC Rail Connect, the mobile app. The train tickets can also be booked through any authorized travel agents or partners of IRCTC. You can pre-book your train tickets up to 120 days in prior. The train has foreign tourist and general booking quotas.
Kashi Mahakal Express Cancellation Policy
The booking for passengers in the station will be open for tourists from 4 hours prior to the departure to five minutes prior to the departure. In case of cancellation of confirmed and waitlisted e-tickets, the passengers will be provided a full refund, automatically.