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Apr 13 2016 (23:26)   12779/Goa Express (PT)
isaystfu   1675 blog posts
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Absolutely horrible food! And ridiculously overpriced.
100 for egg biriyani!!! :O And 120 for Chicken biriyani. Egg was stale.

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Jun 04 2019 (17:00)   BVC/Bhavnagar Terminus (3 PFs)
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Views of the Bhavnagar Railway Museum in Gujarat. This newly set up Museum is created by collecting rolling stock and Railway artifacts from various parts of Bhavnagar Division. Opened for public viewing with effect from 11th March 2019. All are invited to visit !
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Feb 28 2014 (12:28)   SVDK/Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra (3 PFs)
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IRCTC Guest House,Food Court,Shopping Lounge Are There @ Katra Railway Station
Condition : Opened (IRCTC)
Station : Open Not Yet :(
Taxies of IRCTC Are Also Available..they will Drop You To Katra Chowk :)

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Apr 12 2020 (02:21)   22439/New Delhi - Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Vande Bharat Express
The unknown railfan
ImArijit.B^~   3790 blog posts
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Full in-depth review of both CC and EC in 22439/40
Vande Bharat is a crown jewel of IR, so it will do its best to maintain the train. Rest depends on the passengers of the train.
floor can get wet though.
Highest priority given to this train throughout the journey so expect some top-notch punctuality.
Passengers would expect great food in Vande Bharat. But that is not the case here. IR always lags in this department. The cost of catering charges is not justified. I had high expectations from lunch.
Pic 1: Morning tea: Tea mix and two marie gold bisuits. Served around 6:30 AM
Pic 2: Breakfast: Plain bread, Veg cutlet, juice, muffin and a small packet of hand sanitizer. Served around 7:30 or 7:40 AM.
Sandwich should have been given at least.
No picture for lunch. Normal lunch given as in all other premium trains. Served after Jammu Tawi departure.
Pic 3 & 4: Evening snacks in EC
Caramel popcorn, Chocolate, samosa/kachori, plain veg sandwich, tea/coffee mix, Maggi, juice/lassi and wet wipes. I was satisfied with this
Ticket availability: This is tricky. Lots are seats can be available, but seats are costly. But it goes to an equally popular religious destination. So plan your journey in advance.
Railfanning: 2nd only train to enjoy 130 kph MPS on NDLS-LDH section. Loads of crossings and overtakes and high-speed skips. Only bummer is the JAT-SVDK section. Though the XL windows lets you enjoy the scenery on both side of tracks, the staff keeps you busy having meals.
Safety: Yes safe.
Comfort: CC and EC are on the extreme ends on scale of comfort. Seats in CC are non-reclining and have limited leg space. Seats are not cushioned enough. Not recommended for people with back problems. Seats in EC have headrest, well cushioned. Have ample leg space. And also adequate spacing between seats. I personally feel CC to be congested. Also, the snacks tray was much larger in EC rather than CC.
Charging sockets: In CC, sockets are below your seats, which is very weird position. One has to bend down to find the sockets. In EC sockets are between the space between the seats.
Other points
1. Be inside train at least 5 minutes before the departure of the train. Also refrain to venture outside train in any of the intermediate station. Train has automatic doors. If you are left outside, your money is gone. Staff won't open the doors.
2. Rotating seats in EC are not practical. Did not see anyone rotating their seats in the whole journey.
3. For Divyangjan passengers, C14 coach has special arrangements. Has a specials toilet. Make sure to visit that. It is huge, unlike any toilet in any IR train.
4. Also you can take a peek into drivers' cabin. It is a different experience altogether.
5. Food is optional. And no flexi-fare is there.
Pic 5: Vande Bharat at SVDK
Pic 6: EC interiors

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Jun 28 2015 (16:14)   TLGP/Talguppa (3 PFs)
LHB Coromandal A Dream
Suri^~   7834 blog posts
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Its the base station to visit Jog falls or "Joga" as localites call. People here are bit tight in terms of speaking hindi but they easily understand english, specially the shop owners and bus conductors.
For visiting jog falls, you can also alight at SRF (sagara jambagaru). There is the bus depot of sagara very near to railway station.
From talguppa railway station, just come outside. And if you are alone or not in a group, then don't heed to the auto drivers and cab owners. Just move ahead 20 m straight,
to the main road. there will be queue of KSRTC buses standing (which basically starts from sagara depot itself). All conductors would be shouting there destination. Just ask any one of them ,and he will guide you to the correct bus. If you don't find any bus at the road, then ask a small tea stall just beside you. They are a couple who sell nice and good tea, and many varieties of light snacks. They will tell you the exact time and bus.
From TGP to jog falls , it nearly takes 50 min. Buses will leave you just in front of jog falls main gate.
While returning, i would suggest to take bus to coastal karnataka i.e to honnavara or kumta. Jog falls to honnavar is nearly about 60 km via the dense forest and lush western ghat mountain. Direct buses go there. Even a direct bus fom sagara to panaji (goa) via kumta,karwar crosses jog falls at about 09:15 a.m.
Jog falls to panaji is 235 km and it takes 6.5 hr to reach.
But the initial route of 40-45 km from jog to honnavar is very very curvy and topsy. those who don't like ghat travels, don't go via this route. You will womit and feel dizziness, as many of my fellow passengers were doing especially ladies. the conductor laughed and told me, " Ye daily ka scene hai sir, idhar aisa hi chalti hai."

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