Special train to Shirdi from 23rd Aug 2011

Roughly 18 months after former Union railways minister Mamta Banerjee announced that the Bharat Darshan train would link Chandigarh with various places of worship across the country, Northern Railways and Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) are set to commence operations for a special train from CHANDIGARH to SHIRDI on Tuesday,23rd Aug 2011.

Departure time for the train from Chandigarh railway station is 6 am. The train would reach Manmad railway station at 10 pm the following day, Wednesday.

Departure from Manmad station would be at 7 pm on Friday and the train would arrive in Chandigarh on Sunday at 1.55 pm.

The total fare for the two-day journey has been fixed at Rs 3,078 and officials at Ambala division are expecting a heavy rush for train tickets for the special train.

According to, Ambala additional divisional regional manager Sudhir Garg, “The special train is set to commence operations on Tuesday. We would review the situation after a month and decide whether to add more destinations to the train’s course or not.”

He said, “There were plans to extend the run of the Bharat Darshan train up to Chandigarh railway station, link Amritsar and Jammu to the train’s route and extend the duration of the 14-day tour by two days. However, since the Chandigarh-Morinda link has not yet been approved by office of the commissioner of railway safety, all plans for trains from Chandigarh to other parts in north India are on hold and would get going only once the approval is received.”

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