Thousands of tourists flock the city of Agra every year in order to witness the marvel of India that finds a place among the seven wonders of the world- The Taj Mahal. Many of the tourists choose the Indian Railways for their commute as it is safe, comfortable and inexpensive. When it comes to visiting Taj Mahal, the best choice for travel is the long-running 'Taj Express'. Considered as one of the finest train journeys in North India, the Taj Express journey is fast-paced and budget friendly.
Train number 12279, Taj Express starts from Jhansi and ends in New Delhi Station in Delhi and ends at Jhansi and 12280 is the train from New Delhi Railway Station to Jhansi. It covers 11 stations, passing through Mathura, Gwalior, Dhaulpur, Raja Ki Mandi, Faridabad, Agra, Morena and Dabra on the way. It covers a total distance of 403 km. Taj Express was introduced in 1964. Running at a speed of 105 km/h, it cut down the travel time from Delhi to Agra to 2 hours and 35 minutes. The train became quite popular among tourists, particularly foreigners, as it offered them sufficient time to visit the Taj Mahal and nearby monuments before returning to Delhi the same evening.
How to Book
A seat in Taj Express can be booked with the Indian Railways official site - IRCTC. The tickets are in high demand in peak times like summer and winter holidays. It is advisable to book the tickets 3 months in advance during such days.
Taj Express Timings
Taj Express starts its journey from New Delhi Railway Station in Delhi at 6:45 in the morning and reaches Agra at 10:00 in the morning.
A/c Seat - INR 580 per person.
Non-A/C Seat - INR 160 per person.
These are the ticket prices are for the end to end journey.
Chair Car - 12, AC - 2, Chair Car - 12, General - 4 = 18
Taj Express Time Table
Though short, the journey in Taj Express is very comfortable with AC compartments that offer amenities like newspapers, electricity sockets for charging mobile devices, side slabs and bottle holders. The best option for food while travelling through Taj Express is booking a meal from Travel Khana. Travel Khana is a special food delivery service that delivers tasty and healthy food while passengers are travelling on the train. An order can be placed by calling the number 8800138811.
Places To See After Getting Down
After getting down from Taj Express at 10:00 AM, travellers have a full day to explore the historic city of Agra. The best things to see in Agra are-
One of the 7 Wonders of the World, this marble mausoleum is undoubtedly the most extravagant monument in India. The stories and beauty of Taj Mahal attract tourists from across the globe.
Few kilometres ahead of Agra, this abandoned city was once the ruling capital of Mughal King Akbar. The premises of Fatehpur Sikri have many historic structures that render the tales of India's royal past.
This majestic red-sandstone fortress stands on the banks of River Yamuna. Built by the Rajputs and Mughals, the structure is very similar to the Red Fort in Delhi.
Mehtab Bagh Gardens
Designed by the Mughals on the banks of River Yamuna, these blissful gardens offer stunning views of the rear façade of the Taj Mahal.
Taj Express offers a comfortable and air-conditioned journey from Delhi to the Taj Mahal at a very minimal cost. It is the best option to travel to this historic city without wasting any time in the road traffic. Reaching early in the day, tourists have a full day to explore the monuments in Agra before they catch the evening train back to Delhi.