Just completed my up and down journey in Tejas exp (same day) and my observations:
1. Cleanliness - 5/5 . The OBHS is quite active. Once the trai reaches KRMI, gates are closed and again opened at 1400 hrs (normally it reaches by 1330 hrs). In this 40 mins all the used glasses, bottles are collected (except newspapers) and train is again cleaned and moped. In 40 mins its again spic and span.
2. Bathrooms - 5/5 , Quite clean. Sensor based hand wash dropper and taps work well. In 1-2
Even I loved my first experience with Tejas Express
Please find my observations based on my travel from Thane to Ratnagiri in Chair Car compartment listed below:
1. Coaches and Cleanliness: This is the cleanest train I have ever travelled on Indian Railways. The coaches are top notch in terms of cleanliness which would make you fall in love with the train in first place. The interiors are fabulous and you would be in awe of the facilities provided. They sprayed Air Freshner throughout the coach in the middle of the journey which was a surprise. The windows were very clean which enabled us to enjoy the scenic Konkan landscapes clearly.
Beautiful Explanation.. Thanks😁
Nice review of the train. It is in my bucket list too to travel all the way from CSMT to KRMI.
If you can, try to go from CSMT to MAO by Janshatabdi Vistadome and come back by KRMI-CSMT Tejas Express. You would be able to witness the vistadome experience as well.
I am asking you to take Tejas from KRMI to CSMT because the Vistadome coach for JS while coming back to Mumbai is attached right behind the loco you wouldn't be able to witness the amazing konkan landscapes through the viewing area.
Nice review. I felt I am travelling in the train. Great!
In April, I did just that. From Karmali to Ratnagiri by Tejas EC and Ratnagiri to Madgaon by JS Vistadome. The seats in Vistradome were more comfortable than Tejas. But in Vistadome, I found the AC not very effective as the windows are huge and it was a hot day.
Lovely. Thanks for the info.
Another reason for not travelling on the Vistadome from Mao to Mumbai is that a good part of the journey will be in the night. Am not sure how that experience would be. Also, the food when I travelled in April only heat and eat food (add water and microwave) was available (Upma etc) and I did not like the taste. The positive point was thanks to the chiller, cold bottled water was available on payment
Is this train really worth for Railfanning in KR if book from CSTM to RN?
I heard somewhere that actual Konkan is after RN ?
I am planning to take Tejas to RN on Sunday, and return by MAO Rajdhani on the same day!
Bhai nzm TVC SF me sleeper side lower pakdo aur Mangalore tak jaao, tab ayega asli mazaa
14.11 se iska speed up hua hai. TT Kam hua hai 20 minute
time and date issue... Sirf 1 din hai mere paas, isliye to and fro dekh raha hu ek hi din me..
Na..tab to Konkan ka kuch hissa hi cover ho payega.
JS me tourist car bhi try kar sakte ho
If Railfanning in konkan is your soul purpose, better to take Janshatabdi which follows Tejas as the doors would be open and you may alight at stations for crossing.
If you can adjust with the Railfanning part, it is just an awesome luxury experience. I loved it and am really looking forward for future escapades with Tejas Express.
But will the journey in PNVL - RN section be enough (majority)?
It is back to its regular timetable as is the case with some other trains on KR.
As mentioned in the tip, I traveled during the monsoon period.
If you may stretch a bit on your schedule, try and travel upto Mangalore/Udupi for a complete experience.
Upto Ratnagiri, there are scenic views and beauty but the majority of lovely bridges, scenic stations lie on the Ratnagiri - Thokur section.
Follow the below suggestion if you would like with your paucity of time:
1. Take the Rocket 12133 MAJN Superfast express(overnight) upto
regarding scenery: i look at it this way: till Rathnagiri Green (more forest). After Karwar: Blue (more water bodies)
Travelled from Dadar to Chiplun and back. Tejas Express is quite swanky with automatic doors, individual TV sets, large windows and modern toilets. Seats are comfortable. On the personal TV, entertainment options are limited and screen touch is poor. Food is average, can opt out of meals. No WiFi on board. Service however is very good. Punctuality has to be improved - the train was about 45 min late on both occassions. Overall, a great experience, almost like an airplane. Worth the price.
what sort of food was served?
Breakfast, the quantity was decent.. Tea + biscuits initially followed by Idli sambar and some kind of puri (disgusting that was).. Juice tetrapack in the end.. On our return journey, the snacks quantity was quite less - a small packet of biscuits, tea, peanuts and a kachori which was eatable, nothing great...Overall, food wasnt upto the mark compared to what is served in other premium trains
dinner must have been served on the return journey. after all it reaches cst at 1130pm during monsoon season