Keeping in mind hassles faced by people residing in Bangladesh and India, a train route was initiated between Dhaka and Kolkata on April 14, 2008. This was the first time a train was started between these two places and it helped people greatly in commuting from one place to other. With this initiative, officials tried to dismiss differences between the countries and improve relations amidst people. This train was known as “Maitree Express” that means friendship. Since then railway officials of both the countries are working hard to bring modifications so that travelers have to face less difficulties. The reduced time for customs is result of their efforts only.
Since the Maitree Express runs between two countries, it was decided that half time of the year Indian railways would be responsible for it and rest of the year Bangladesh Railways. This agreement has resulted in avoiding any kinds of discrepancies and smooth functioning of the train. The railways of both the countries assigned numbers to the train mutually so that passengers do not face any confusion in later stages. Talking about BR Rake, train running from Dhaka to Kolkata bears the number 3107 and from Kolkata to Dhaka it is 3108. Now for IR Rake, train from Kolkata to Dhaka is 3109 and from Dhaka to Kolkata is 3110.
If someone plans to visit any of the countries through
the train, it is important to have prior knowledge about days on which
train is available. In case of BR Rake, train from Dhaka to Kolkata (3107)
runs on Tuesday and you can take the train from Kolkata to Dhaka (3108)
on Wednesday. On other hand for IR Rake, train from Kolkata to Dhaka (3109)
runs on Saturday and from Dhaka to Kolkata (3110) on Sundays. To find
the detailed timetable for trains you can visit Railwaystimetable.co.in.
The Maitree Express consists of seven different types of coaches that are AC First/Cabin, AC Chair Car, Non AC Chair Car, CDR (built in dining car), and power Car. The seating capacity and prices for each of the coach type differs and one can book them according to his needs. Any person with a full fare ticket is allowed to carry 35 kg of luggage free of cost. In case of kids and children, 20 kg of luggage is allowed without charging any money. The train also includes pantry and one can have good quality food while traveling through Maitree Express.
For more information on Dhaka Kolkata Train, one can visit makemytrip.com/railways.
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