Kashi Mahakal Express, India’s third private train that is run and managed by IRCTC is all set to start its commercial run from February 20, 2020. It would be running on Varanasi-Indore route. Passengers can book their tickets in train 82401 IRCTC Kashi Mahakal Humsafar Express (via Lucknow) which will connect three Jyotirlinga – Omkareshwar (Near Indore), Mahakaleshwar (Ujjain) and Kashi Vishwanath (Varanasi). Furthermore, it would also connect industrial, educational hub of Indore and capital city of Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal). Bookings in the private train cannot be done from PRS counters.
It is the third train that is completely run and managed by IRCTC with high-level onboard amenities. It is the first long-distance overnight journey train that aims to provide supreme quality vegetarian food, on-board bedrolls, housekeeping services and on-board security services. Kashi Mahakal Express would also offer exclusive optional tour packages for the passengers covering the religious, business as well as tourism sites of the states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Light devotional music, two private guards for each coach are some of the new features of this fully air-conditioned train. Along with this, passengers onboard are going to be provided complimentary travel insurance of Rs 10 lakh.
IRCTC Kashi Mahakal Express will follow the Flexi-fare fare structure like the other two private Tejas trains of IRCTC. The ticket fare of 82401 IRCTC Kashi Mahakal Humsafar Express (via Lucknow) is Rs 1,986 from Varanasi to Indore. The fare of 82403 IRCTC Kashi Mahakal Express (via Allahabad) is Rs 2,149 between Varanasi and Indore. Ticket prices of Kashi Mahakal Express are inclusive of the catering charges. Passengers can book the tickets in the third private train 120 days (4 months) prior to the date of their journey. Bookings for this train can be done in general quota, senior citizen quota, ladies quota, divyangjan quota and foreign tourist quota. Current booking option is also applicable in this train after the preparation of first chart which generally takes place 4 hours before the scheduled departure of train.
Kashi Mahakal Express will be running thrice a week between Varanasi and Indore, out of which once a week it would run via Prayagraj (Allahabad) and twice a week it would run via Lucknow. It is a superfast fully air-conditioned passenger train that will be covering 1128 km between Varanasi and Indore via Lucknow and a distance of 1102 km between Varanasi and Indore via Prayagraj (Allahabad) in approximately 19 hours. IRCTC Kashi Mahakal Humsafar Express (via Lucknow) has 7 stoppages Indore, Ujjain, Sant Hirdnaram Nagar, Bina, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow/Prayagraj and Sultanpur.
Kashi Mahakal Express (via Lucknow)
Train 82401 IRCTC Kashi Mahakal Humsafar Express (via Lucknow) will start from its source station, Varanasi at 14:45 every Tuesday and Thursday and will reach Indore at 09:40 the next day, Wednesday and Friday respectively. Likewise, on its way back 82402 IRCTC Kashi Mahakal Humsafar Express (via Lucknow) will start from Indore at 10:55 every Wednesday and Friday and will reach Varanasi at 06:00 on its very next day Thursday and Saturday.
Kashi Mahakal Express (via Allahabad)
Train 82403 IRCTC Kashi Mahakal Humsafar Express (via Allahabad) will depart from Varanasi at 15:15 every Sunday and will reach Indore at 09:40. Similarly on its reverse journey, train 82404 IRCTC Kashi Mahakal Express (via Allahabad) will start from Indore at 10:55 every Monday and will reach Varanasi at 05:00.
Passengers travelling through IRCTC Mahakal Express will not be eligible for concession on train tickets. Children below 5 years of age are exempted from the fare and can only board the train with parents/guardian.
Let us now have a look at the refund rules of the Kashi Mahakal Express.
As per the cancellation rules, if a confirmed ticket is cancelled between 48 to 12 hours before the scheduled departure of the train then 25 percent of the fare subject to the minimum cancellation charge is deducted and if it is cancelled between 12 to 4 hours prior to the train departure time, 50% cost is deducted.
If a passenger cancels a confirmed ticket 4 hours prior to the train departure time, no amount is refunded.
In case a waitlisted ticket is cancelled upto four hours before the train departure, Rs 20 plus GST per passenger is deducted as per the cancellation charges of IRCTC.
If all passengers on a ticket remain in waiting, full amount is refunded in the user’s account without deducting any cancellation charges.
In the case of train cancellation, full refund is granted to the confirmed as well as waitlisted passengers.
In case of partial cancellation of the train, passengers need to file TDR upto 72 hours from the departure time of the train.
If a partially confirmed ticket is cancelled upto four hours before the scheduled departure time of train, full refund of fare with a minimum cancellation charge of Rs 20 plus GST per passenger would be deducted.
If a ticket remains in a partially confirmed status even after the chart preparation then full refund of the fare without deducting the cancellation charges is refunded to the user.
If you want to know more about the refund rules do read, cancellation and refund rules for IRCTC trains released by IRCTC.
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