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The rail line is a godsend for travelers who’d otherwise spend hours on a gridlocked road to Agra. Cab drivers aren’t so happy.
All three points of the “Golden Triangle” of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra are now connected by Indian Railways’ fastest and most comfortable day trains.
A new service between Jaipur and Agra Fort began on November 28 on the Shatabdi Express, following the conversion of an old metre-gauge line to broad gauge.
The trains, all fully air-conditioned, are far superior to those that ran on the old line.
Until now, many tourists had gone by road from Jaipur to Agra, a trip of about 165 miles that took four to five hours.
The Shatabdi Express leaves Jaipur at 07.05 and arrives in Agra at 10.35; it leaves Agra at 16.20 and arrives in Jaipur at 19.50.
TransIndus (transindus.com; 020 8566 3739) is offering a Golden Triangle tour by train from £1,485pp, including b&b for three nights in Delhi, two nights in Jaipur and one night in Agra, all sightseeing and transfers.