With the new state-of-the-art train running through the vibrant country of India from the weekend of 15th February, travelling is about to get even more interesting! The Vande Bharat Express is going to be the fastest train in India, with a top speed of 180km/hr and 160km/hr on commercial runs, presenting itself as a rosy look into the future of Indian commute. Why is the Vande Bharat Express the talk of the town? Well, this train is unlike any other the country has yet experienced!
The train in its first deployment will cover a distance of 752km, an 8-hour journey from Delhi to Varanasi. The train with a cut travel time by 15%! Leaving New Delhi at 6 am one will reach their destination by afternoon. The Vande Bharat Express on it is way back will start from Varanasi at 3 pm and reach Delhi by 11 pm. Kanpur and Allahabad are the only two stops between the end destinations. The two categories of coaches on the train are Chair Car, with prices ranging between 595-1760 rupees, and the Executive Class that costs about 1170-3310 rupees.
A traveller’s dream – The train is equipped with Wi-Fi, GPS tracking, LED screens, disabled-friendly and modular toilets, a mini pantry and so much more. This is a fantastic opportunity for a travel enthusiast to take the Vande Bharat Express to explore the very essence of the tropical country of India. Here are all the things to do in North India while you’re here.
The mesmerizing mélange of culture, heritage, art and cuisine, Delhi will take your breath away. Wandering through Old Delhi visit the Jama Masjid – The white marble and red-sandstone architectural marvel is a sight for sore eyes in the morning light. There is also the Sheeshganj Gurudwara which is one of the most beautiful Sikh temples in the area. At sunset on a Thursday make your way to the dargah of Nizamuddin Auliya to listen to the enchanting devotional music called qawwali. From the sweet-tangy golgappas to spicy kebabs, the bylanes of Chawri Bazaar and Chandni Chowk have some of the best street-food for you to try! Have a stroll at Dilli Haat and Khan Market to buy the best Indian craft-souvenirs.
The sleepy city of Kanpur is a fascinating look into the beautiful, ordinary life of Uttar Pradesh. Known for its production of genuine good-quality leather, the city has quite a few tanneries around town. Visit Jajmau, an old industrial suburb that dates back to c. 1300-1200 BCE, to get a closer look into the inner workings of the leather industry. The Allen Forest Zoo is one of the many highlights here. Get a glimpse of the rare White Asian tiger, Asiatic lion, jaguars and orangutans. A sacred moment to the sound of ringing bells and chants at the ISKCON temple is often the most memorable for travellers.
A one-of-a-kind pilgrimage site, Allahabad is tranquillity personified. The Triveni Sangam is the auspicious spot where the Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati rivers meet. A dip in the holy waters of the Sangam is said to rid you of all sins and cleanse your karma and is an interesting ritual to take part in. It’s a serene sight to watch the prayers and offerings made to the Sun God at the riverbank. Some of the most architecturally sound buildings reside here, like the Anand Bhavan, the tomb in Khusro Bagh and the All Saints Cathedral.
One of the most soulful cities in India, Varanasi is undeniably unique. Make your way to the Dasawamedha Ghat, the main ghat on the Ganges River to witness the magnificent spiritual evening ritual, the Ganga Aarti. The ceremony is highly sought after by pilgrims, tourists and photographers. A moment midst the melodic mantras, swirls of incense smoke and countless lamps is inexplicably gorgeous. As the Aarti ends, the priests and pilgrims offer flowers, milk and floating lamps to the holy river. Before you know it the entire river is lit with sparkling lamps. Dhamek Stupa, the spot where the Buddha preached with the first sermon makes for a meaningful visit. Some of the brickwork in the stupa dates back to 200 BC.