Kalka-Shatabdi from Delhi to Chandigarh

I can tell for sure the money spent on that Delhi to Chandigarh train of Kalka Shatabdi was worth every penny. It was much much better than flight economy class. 
Train journeys in India - Kalka Shatabdi

Train journeys in India - Kalka Shatabdi

Onboard food service breakfast in Kalka Shatabdi
With an amazing veg breakfast of a couple of cutlets, juice, bread with butter and jam, tea and newspaper, it was more than I expected!!! The overhead storage area was pretty roomy - much more than flights... 
Delhi to Chandigarh bus journey would have taken 6 hrs but in 3.5 hrs on Shatabdi I was there at Chandigarh!!! 
Work was hectic in Chandigarh that I couldn’t even visit Nek Chand's Rock Gardens!!! I found these sculptures (2nd pic below) in the railway station. These are the kind of statues seen in Rock Gardens as well.
My regular readers always know, I have a great animal & kid luck everywhere. The same evening while I was back in Chandigarh Station, while waiting for the train I saw these beautiful scene of pigeons drinking water out of a leaky pipe!!!
Read more of my experiences during my various train travels in India.
Dinner in Shatabdi was great as well. An evening tea with soup and bread with jam. A typical North Indian meals later at around 8:30 pm, of Channa, Dal, Rice, Paratha and juice with icecream as well!!! Served with great care and taken back trash with great care!!! Every penny was worth it for sure!!! Undoubtedly this is the best mode of transport between New Delhi & Chandigarh.

Facilities in Kalka Shatabdi Luggage storage

Nek Chand Rock Garden sculptures at Chandigarh Railway Station

Pigeons of Chandigarh Railway Station

Delhi to Chandigarh distance: 250km
Travel time: 3h 25m
Approximate adult fare: 600-₹900 for AC Chair Car & ₹1200-₹1300 for Executive.
Food provided onboard
Stops at Panipat Jn, Kurukshetra Jn and Ambala Contt. Jn. between New Delhi & Chandigarh.

New Delhi to Chandigarh:
Train number: 12011       
Departure at New Delhi: 7:40 AM
Arrival at Chandigarh: 11:13 AM 

Chandigarh to New Delhi:
Train number: 12012       
Departure at New Delhi: 6:15 PM
Arrival at Chandigarh: 09:55 PM 

Dedicated to Ashwini
New Delhi to Chandigarh Shatabdi New Delhi to Chandigarh Shatabdi


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  1. The train service has definitely improved over a period. Even I could not visit Rock Garden when in Chandigarh.

    Dulhadeo Temple, Khajuraho

  2. Oh gr8 ,i might try the Kalka Shatabdhi Train when i go to chandigarh :)
    Hey why wasnt there any description about the places u visited ??????

  3. So, ultimately this trip was about breakfast and dinner in Shatabdi. Right. :-) :-)

  4. hi

    Good nature photos

    my new post http://tripandtrace.blogspot.com/2010/08/thiruvattar.html


  5. You ought to be named as the Marco Polo of the Blogosphere :)

  6. I too prefer train journeys to flights. The only difficulty is to get reservations confirmed on time and of course, its a lot of pain when traveling with a kid, so flights are more convenient but train journeys are so relaxing and interesting.

  7. Love your blog! Train Travel can really be an amazing experience. I love traveling in trains!

  8. @Rajesh,
    Sad that you could also not visit Rock Gardens.. :(

    Full day vela pa.. Ootu sutha no time.. :(

    Era eranga paatha apdithan.. :) Lolz.. :)

    Thanks pa.. :)

  9. @Nachiketh,
    That's a great compliment. Thank you so much dear.. :)

    With IRCTC Booking tickets is no more a prob for me. But yeah, long distances in train with kids can be painful!!! :(

    Thank you dear.. :)

  10. Dear B! I came to your blog as I was searching for Trichy and Thanjavur. My son and husband will be travelling to those place in a couple of days. I was so fascinated with your blog that I have sent it off to a couple of friends and my Mom who loves to read this. I have been enjoying this blog.

    We were in Chandigarh and we took the Shatabdi from Chandigarh to Delhi where we flew back to Bangalore. My kids loved the shopping and especially the large lassi lota they bought from Sector 17(I think).

    Your Mahabs brought back memories. We used to go there from college and I have lovely memories with my friends. Thanks for such a descriptive blog. I am sure I will be spending the next few days of vacation going through them :).


  11. @Sampige,
    You really warmed my heart today with your lovely comments!!!
    I am so glad that you loved my blog!!!
    Thanks for sharing your experiences too!!!
    Thanks again for dropping by and also taking time to comment.
    Do drop by often!!! :)

  12. Nice Pics, Train Travel can really be an amazing experience.thanks for your valuable information.

  13. I remember my trip from Delhi to Chandigarh. We drove all the way there. We managed to visited the Rock Gardens and the lake, and spend some time with our old uncle and aunt, plucking fresh mangoes from their garden. Yummmm... :) Cheers!!

  14. I have never been to Chandigarh by train. It is interesting to see those Rock Garden statues in the station itself. I was in Chandigarh last year and loved the place.

  15. I have been in Chandigarh for an year. I love that place, life never stops there.


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