NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): The newly launched Vande Bharat Express is the costliest-ever train on the Katra-Delhi route with no concessional ticket allowed in it.
Of all 15 trains available on the Delhi-Katra route, which connects the base camp of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine to the country’s capital city, Vande Bharat Express is the most expensive train ever.
India’s fastest train was inaugurated by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi on October 4 as a symbol of “journey towards the development in Jammu and Kashmir”.
The train has reduced four hours of the journey between the two stations and reaches Mata Vaishno Devi, Katra, from New Delhi in just eight hours. Besides high-end amenities and comfort, the train is the costliest one on the route with a minimum fare of Rs 1,570 from Katra to New Delhi and Rs 1,630 from New Delhi to Katra for AC chair car. There is no sleeper facility on the train.
The second costliest train on this route is Rajdhani Express which charges Rs 1,570 for AC three-tier from either side.
Surprisingly, Vande Bharat Express does not have the facility of concessional tickets for senior citizens or children. All passengers traveling on the train above five years will be charged full fare for their travel. Only infants are exempted from it.