Gitanjali is a train known for its speed and punctuality despite the rather high number of halts between Bhusaval and Jharsuguda. The tickets in this get sold out very quickly and hence getting one is difficult. However, the Sleeper class coaches were as good as unreserved (I travelled from NGP to DURG). If you are travelling in AC then peace of mind is guaranteed but for Sleeper class, prefer Jnaneswari/Samarsata/Mumbai Weekly SF etc. ! (Based on personal experience)
Even 3AC Is Disaster In This Train...
3AC was nice when I travelled :) Anyway thanks for the opinion
coaches of this train are in very bad condition
Indeed ! Thanks to bad maintenance of ECoR (This has RSA with 18409/18410) and SER SRC CDO
Good clearence upto HWH-TATA more than 100 WL will CNF
No idea but WL31 didnt confirm in HWH DURG sector :(
One of the most punctual trains of IR & pride of SER...gets d most no. of passengers from SER...UR coaches always are jam packed. .the passengers come early morning to stand in line n find a UR seat in this train...
This train Has RSA With Sri Jagannath Express. Base-PURI. PC Dett at SRC Yard
Heard these days Pantry car (wich is of S.E.Rly) is not detached but just kept locked, goes & comes with 18409/10.
Good clearance upto TATA, as it comes under GNWL.
Even WL/500+ can be cleared in SL class.
5th October Cstm-Hwh Gnwl 305 currently. Would you suggest to book?
The price of food frm pantry is excesively high & quality is not upto that mark....the price of chicken meal is 130/plate....only a single piece of chicken will be seved, egg biriyani is 100....its better to order food frm nagpur comesum outlet....atleast worth spending
Same in 12129 (AZAD HIND) . veg meal is 100 and quality is very very bad .
same in 12510...veg rs. 100/-
Most cheap food with excellent service in CSTM-HWH route is in 12101/02
Egg Biryani-Rs.60 (2 eggs with curry)
afaik comesum nagpur is costlier than the pantry services of your train....food is not upto mark too...
I have used nagpur Comesum many times .The quality of food was good.
have u tried the naivedyam thali at nagpur? if not then u should...
The Population Explosion has strained our resources. This happens when Claimants are more and only One Cake is available.
I Personally Have Traveled By Gitanjali.... There Are Some Restaurant Guys, Who ll Come Onboard With Ready To Eat VEG MEALS.... They Charge Around INR 125/- [ It Was 125 In 202]. You Wont Even Need To Get Down From Your Comfortable Seat... Non-Vegeterians [ Like Me] Still Got "Areas Of Concern]
@which station particularly you are talking about state it it will be beneficial to others too.I also have bad experience for food in gitanjali.
Sure, their food and coffee is great... I had when traveling in 12870...
Freinds, the problem is we do not the exact rate of the meals. If I want a veg meal I quietly tell the pantry boy that I want 'standard meal.' which comprises on paratha, rice, 1 sabzi, dal, curd/sweet and small packaged water. These people force extra stuff into the meal and the price becomes higher. If the pantry boy is adamant with the higher price then talk to the pantry manager and let him know that you are aware of the actual price. If they don not budge tell them you will file a written complain to the railway board along with other passengers. IRTC catering complaint helpline no is -1800111321. Just make sure you do not fight with them. You may use powerful words but the tome should be soft and nice, because they do not want other passengers to know exactly what you are talking about. This has
Coaches are old, dusty & rusty. There are no charging points near seats except the S14 coach which is 2008 built in ICF, also AC coaches are old, bad cleanliness, toilets are smelly like hell and it's vinyl floor mats are always soaked in water like sponge with comes out.
This train has onboard 'Janitors' (cleaning staff) whom sweep at regular intervals but still inspite of it train is dirty.
Gitanjali lives upto it's name only in terms of Speed & Punctuality
The train is no longer the prestigious train that it was earlier.As you rightly said some of the coaches are really bad. Also the number of stops has increased a lot .....though still preferred by passengers for its timings.
This happens with many a trains, over the time with the advent of new trains, these old trains are left out and every Member of Parliament want these trains to stop in their constituency................