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Gitanjali Express 12859 Train

The Gitanjali Express 12859 is a superfast train originating from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station in Mumbai and terminating at Howrah Junction in Kolkata. It derives its name from the famous book, ‘Gitanjali’, written by renowned Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore. The train is operated by the East Coast Railway Zone. It completed its inaugural run in the year 1977 and has ever since provided exceptional transportation services between the two cities. The train covers an overall distance of 1,973 km. It halts at 25 intermediate stations including Nasik Road, Igatpuri, Malkapur, Wardha Junction, Nagpur Junction, Raigarh, Kharagpur Junction, and Santragachi Junction. Gitanjali Express was started to interconnect the three states - Orissa, Chhattisgarh, and Andhra Pradesh.

Why Gitanjali Express 12859?

The Gitanjali Express 12859 train provides excellent connectivity between Mumbai and Kolkata with the least travel time. It also promises a pleasant traveling experience as you are served delicious meals and refreshing beverages.

The Perks Of Riding The Gitanjali Express Train

• Gitanjali Express offers express catering services on-board (vegetarian and non-vegetarian food).
•  You can avail the e-catering services by pre-ordering meals around 90 minutes prior to the train’s arrival. Your meal will be delivered to you at your seat.
• The train has clean interiors, seating areas, and washrooms.
• 110-volt power outlets are available in the compartments for charging your mobile phones and other electronic devices.

Train Coach & Schedule

The Gitanjali Express 12859 train consists of the traveling classes, two tier A/C coach (2A), three tier A/C coach (3A), and the sleeper class (SL). It also includes one pantry car. The train operates daily from Sunday to Saturday.

Average Speed & The Time Traveled

The Gitanjali Express 12859 runs at an average speed of 65 kmph and later attains a maximum permissible speed of 110 kmph between Jharsuguda Junction and Tikiapara. It takes you from Mumbai to Howrah in about 30 hours and 30 minutes. The train usually starts from platform number 18 of Mumbai CST/CSTM Junction at 6:00 AM and arrives at Howrah Junction/HWH (platform number 22) at 12:30 AM (after 1 night).

About The Destination

On reaching Howrah, get ready to explore the grandeur of Kolkata. Once the capital of British India, the skyline of this city is a mixture of colonial architecture and modern structures that lend a charming atmosphere to Kolkata. Known fondly as the ‘City of Joy’, it boasts of attractions like the Indian Museum, Kalighat Temple, Howrah Bridge, Belur Math, Birla Mandir, and Victoria Memorial. These attractions will give you a glimpse of the multi-hued culture and history of the city. If you are a shopaholic, do not forget to visit the famous Park Street and Kumortuli. While in Kolkata, do not miss out on authentic Bengali cuisine, especially famous for its sweet dishes.


Q. Which platform in Howrah Junction railway station (HWH) is Gitanjali Express likely to come in at?
A. Gitanjali Express generally arrives at platform no. 22.

Q. In which year did Gitanjali Express start?
A. Gitanjali Express started operations in the year 1977.

Q. Which are the famous temples to visit in Kolkata?
A. Kalighat Kali Temple, Birla Temple, and Dakshineswar Kali Temple are few of the famous temples that you can visit in Kolkata.

Q. Which are the top beaches near Kolkata?
A. Mandarmoni Beach, Digha Beach, Bakkhali Beach, and Tajpur Beach are some of the top beaches near Kolkata.

Q. Which are some of the good 3-star hotels in Kolkata?
A. Ajoy Minar Hotel, Golden Inn at Dankuni and Basera are some of the 3-star hotels in Kolkata.

Q. Can you tell me a good 4-star hotel to stay at near Howrah Junction railway station (HWH)?
A.  Park Prime Kolkata is a good 4-star hotel near Howrah Junction railway station (HWH).

Q. What is the best means of transport to go to Santiniketan from Howrah Junction railway station (HWH)?
A. Going by car is the best means of transport to go to Santiniketan from Howrah Junction railway station (HWH).

Q. Are there some decent cheap hotels near Howrah Junction railway station (HWH)?
A. Yes. Hotel Sita, Sahara Lodge, and Hotel Natraj are some of the cheap hotels near Howrah Junction railway station (HWH).

Q. How far is Digha beach from Howrah Junction railway station (HWH)?
A. Digha beach is 179 km from Howrah Junction railway station (HWH).

Q. Which is a good 5-star hotel near Howrah Junction railway station (HWH)?
A.  The Park Kolkata is one of the 5-star hotels located near Howrah Junction railway station (HWH).

Q. Which is a good 3-star Hotel to stay at in Mumbai?
A. GCC HOTEL AND CLUB at Mira Road is a good 3-star Hotel to stay in Mumbai.

Q. Which station of Mumbai does Gitanjali Express start from?
A. Gitanjali Express starts from Mumbai CST (CSTM).

Q. Are there 4-star hotels in Kharagpur?
A. Yes. Hotel Greenland Towers and Great India Hotel are some of the 4-star hotels in Kharagpur.

Q. Can you recommend some cheap hotels near Kharagpur Junction?
A.  Alankar Lodge and Guin Bros Lodge are some of the cheap hotels near Kharagpur Junction.

Q. What is the best means of transport to reach Mumbai CST (CSTM) from Ghatkopar?
A. Local train is the best means of transport to reach Mumbai CST (CSTM) from Ghatkopar.

Q. I am staying at a guest house in Borivali, should I take my train from Dadar Station (DR) or Kalyan Junction (KYN)?
A. You can board the train from Dadar Station (DR) as it is closer.

Q. How long would it take to get from Colaba to Mumbai CST (CSTM)?
A. Colaba to Mumbai CST (CSTM) will take 36 min by car.

Q. Which are the 5-star hotels near Mumbai CST (CSTM)?
A. InterContinental Marine Drive-Mumbai, Marine Plaza, Trident Nariman Point, and The Taj Mahal Palace are few of the 5-star hotels near Mumbai CST (CSTM).

Q. Which are the budget hotels near Mumbai CST (CSTM)?
A. Hotel KGN, Hotel New Bengal, and Hotel Al Madina are few of the budget hotels near Mumbai CST (CSTM).

Q. What are the best sights to explore in Kolkata?
A. Victoria Memorial Hall, Howrah Bridge, Indian Museum, St. Paul's Cathedral Church, Jorasanko Thakur Bari, and Eden gardens are some of the best sights in Kolkata.

Q. At which station does this train terminate?
A.  Gitanjali Express terminates at the Howrah Junction railway station (HWH).

Q. What are some good trains on Mumbai to Kolkata route?
A. Kolkata Mail and Howrah Mail are among the other trains on this route.

Q. Does Gitanjali Express generally reach on time?
A. Yes. Gitanjali Express rates high on punctuality and generally reaches on time.

Q. If I want to go to Pune from Mumbai should I take Gitanjali Express?
A. No. Gitanjali Express does not pass through Pune.

Q. How long does Gitanjali Express take to reach Kolkata?
A. Gitanjali Express reaches Kolkata in 30 hours and 30 minutes.

Q. Does Gitanjali Express stop at Nagpur, and for how long?
A. Yes. Gitanjali Express stops at Nagpur for 10 minutes.

Q. Can we do a Tatkal booking for Gitanjali Express?
A. Yes.Tatkal booking can be done at a surcharge.

Q. What is the fare for AC 2-tier in Gitanjali Express?
A. The AC 2-tier fare in Gitanjali Express is Rs. 2854.

Q. How is the food on Gitanjali Express?
A. The food available on Gitanjali Express is of average quality.

Q. Does Gitanjali Express have a pantry car?
A.  Yes, Gitanjali Express has a pantry car.