My wife and I boarded 12716 from NDLS upto Bhopal. It's alright but unfortunately Kamayani express plunge into river. Our train was diverted and we reach 24 hrs late. Again in return journey train 12715 was re routed via Nagpur. In train every 20 min a beggar will come. Sweeper only visit once, one can see poor beggar clean the coach with his shirt and ask for money. The food quality served by catering agency is poor and expensive. At three places langer is provided.
The train was on time. We could not get confirmed AC tickets for that we had travelled in sleeper class. Toilets were not so clean. We enjoyed our trip to Shirdi. Seats were in average condition and we went in the month of June it was really hot at that time. Even then all was well.
I travelled from Mathura Junction to Aurngabad Railway Station to visit Ellora Caves. I travelled by Sachkhand SF Express and the train journey was exiting with lots of fun. You can see many places in between your train travel like the Chambal Ghati, Thums up Mountain, Gwalior Fort and many more interesting things.
As the journey was short, we had to board a sleeper class, which is generally prohibited for unreserved tickets. We were lucky that no TTE had come. But for short journeys, reservations are generally not available. As we were travelling from Mathura, so we did not made any advance reservations. However, it is advisable to book tickets till Agra via Mathura. Many connecting trains are available from Mathura to Agra.
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