The Gitanjali Express 12859 is a superfast train and plies between the two metro cities of Mumbai and Kolkata. This train is operated by the East Coast Zone of the Indian Railways. It is a daily train and is an important route as it connects Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai (CSTM) and Howrah Junction (HWH).
The train is named in honor of Rabindranath Tagore’s famous book Geetanjali. The Gitanjali Express is the first classless train that was introduced by ex-railway Minister Professor Madhu Dandavate. The train has been running for more than four decades and is the pride of Indian Railway network.
The Gitanjali Express 12859 departs Mumbai CSTM at 6:00 AM and arrives at Howrah Junction at 12:30 PM after 30 hours and 30 minutes. During that time, it covers a distance of 1,968 kms.
During the course of its journey, the Gitanjali Express gives travelers a chance to witness the heart and soul of India, as it passes through states like Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand and West Bengal. During its 30-hour journey, the Gitanjali Express makes 25 halts. Some of the popular stations along the route are:
The average fares on the Gitanjali Express are:
The tatkal fares on this train are:
For the comfort of passengers, the train offers a pantry car, onboard catering and e-catering. The train also offers sleeping arrangements and charging points to ensure a comfortable journey.
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|No.||Station name (code)||Arrives||Departs||Stop time||Distance travelled||Day||Route|
|1||Mumbai Cst (CSTM)||Starts||06:00||0||0 km||1||1|
|2||Dadar (DR)||06:13||06:15||2 min||9 km||1||1|
|3||Kalyan Junction (KYN)||06:52||06:55||3 min||54 km||1||1|
|4||Igatpuri (IGP)||08:43||08:45||2 min||137 km||1||1|
|5||Nasik Road (NK)||09:28||09:30||2 min||188 km||1||1|
|6||Jalgaon Junction (JL)||11:58||12:00||2 min||420 km||1||1|
|7||Bhusaval Junction (BSL)||12:35||12:50||15 min||445 km||1||1|
|8||Malkapur (MKU)||13:24||13:25||1 min||495 km||1||1|
|9||Shegaon (SEG)||14:09||14:10||1 min||547 km||1||1|
|10||Akola Junction (AK)||14:40||14:45||5 min||584 km||1||1|
|11||Badnera Junction (BD)||16:10||16:15||5 min||663 km||1||1|
|12||Wardha Junction (WR)||17:29||17:32||3 min||758 km||1||1|
|13||Nagpur (NGP)||18:55||19:05||10 min||837 km||1||1|
|14||Bhandara Road (BRD)||19:49||19:51||2 min||899 km||1||1|
|15||Gondia Junction (G)||20:46||20:48||2 min||967 km||1||1|
|16||Raj Nandgaon (RJN)||22:03||22:05||2 min||1072 km||1||1|
|17||Durg (DURG)||22:45||22:50||5 min||1101 km||1||1|
|18||Raipur Junction (R)||23:25||23:35||10 min||1138 km||1||1|
|19||Bilaspur Junction (BSP)||01:15||01:30||15 min||1248 km||2||1|
|20||Raigarh (RIG)||03:01||03:03||2 min||1380 km||2||1|
|21||Jharsuguda Junction (JSG)||04:25||04:27||2 min||1454 km||2||1|
|22||Rourkela (ROU)||05:43||05:50||7 min||1555 km||2||1|
|23||Chakradharpur (CKP)||07:10||07:12||2 min||1656 km||2||1|
|24||Tatanagar Junction (TATA)||08:20||08:30||10 min||1719 km||2||1|
|25||Kharagpur Junction (KGP)||10:20||10:25||5 min||1853 km||2||1|
|26||Santragachi Junction (SRC)||11:51||11:53||2 min||1961 km||2||1|
|27||Howrah Junction (HWH)||12:30||Ends||0||1968 km||2||1|