India has announced the 35th Vande Bharat Express train, which will connect the industrial city of Tata Nagar in Jharkhand to the spiritual city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. This new train route will also benefit the people of Bihar. Although the exact start date of this train has not been confirmed, it is expected to commence around the Diwali season.
This marks the third Vande Bharat Express for both Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. The first Vande Bharat Express in the country was launched in 2019, running between Varanasi and New Delhi. Jharkhand received its first Vande Bharat Express train in June of the same year.
According to railway officials, the Vande Bharat Express traveling between Tata Nagar and Varanasi will consist of eight coaches and operate six days a week. It will make stops at Purulia, Bokaro, Gomoh, Gaya, and Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction. The journey between Tata Nagar and Varanasi, covering a distance of 574 kilometers, will take approximately 7 hours and 50 minutes, with an average speed of 73.3 kilometers per hour. The return journey will take 7 hours and 25 minutes, with an average speed of 77.4 kilometers per hour.
The train is scheduled to depart from Tata Nagar at 6:00 AM, reaching Varanasi at 1:50 PM. On the return trip, it will depart from Varanasi at 2:35 PM and arrive in Tata Nagar at 10:00 PM. The train will make brief stops of two minutes at Purulia, Bokaro, and Gaya, and a five-minute stop at Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction. It will reach Tata Nagar station at 10:00 PM.
This new Vande Bharat Express route is set to improve connectivity between these regions, facilitating faster and more convenient travel. With 34 Vande Bharat Express trains already in operation across the country, the Indian Railways continues to expand and enhance its network, aiming to introduce sleeper Vande Bharat Express trains on major routes in the near future.