The long-awaited trial run of the Vande Bharat Express between Patna and Ranchi concluded on Monday as the train embarked on its journey from Patna Junction to Ranchi at 7 a.m. Commencing the voyage, the train received a ceremonial worship at Patna Junction and was flagged off for Ranchi. Departing precisely at 6:55 a.m., the semi-high-speed train is expected to arrive in Ranchi at 1 p.m. after passing through Gaya and Barkakana.
During the course of the journey, the train reached Gaya at 8:20 a.m., where it made a brief 10-minute stop before resuming its route at 8:30 a.m. and heading towards Ranchi. It is scheduled to reach its final destination at 1 p.m. Upon its return, the Ranchi to Patna train will depart at 2:20 p.m., arriving in Gaya at 7 p.m. Following a short halt, it will leave at 7:10 p.m. and reach Patna at 8:25 p.m.
Notably, the Vande Bharat Express will make stops at six stations along the Patna to Ranchi route. After departing from Patna, the train will halt at Jehanabad, Gaya, Koderma, Barkakana, Hazaribagh, and Mesra. While the trial period will determine the train’s schedule, there may be adjustments made based on the trial results.
The indigenously manufactured semi-high-speed Vande Bharat Express currently operates on over 14 routes across the nation, connecting several important cities and significantly reducing travel time. Since its launch in 2019, the train has gained popularity as a preferred mode of transportation in the country.
Compared to other trains in the country, the Vande Bharat Express boasts remarkable speed and lightness. Initially introduced for travel between the national capital Delhi and Varanasi, it now serves various routes throughout the country.
In an effort to enhance convenience for tourists, the Central Government is also operating different types of circuit trains like the Bharat Gaurav circuit trains.