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Indian Railways Festival Special Train List 2023

Indian Railways is one of the major transport modes in India. It is a lifeline of the country. Numerous people depend on it for their daily commutes, trips, and more. During festivals and rush season, Indian Railways and stations get overcrowded. To handle these rush, Indian Railways introduces special train lists from time to time to make travelling of rail passengers easy. 


Here is the updated list of special trains 2023 for various Indian festivals such as Holi, Dussehra, Diwali and more. 


Holi Special Train List 2023 to Handle the Rush 


Indian railways are running Holi special trains 2023 for the passengers to ease the journey. During Holi, most people used to visit their homes to celebrate the festival with their family. Many people also use the Holi bash vacation to plan their family trip to special Holi destinations such as Mathura, Vrindavan, Braj, Barsana, Varanasi etc. But during festivals, train seats get booked, and passengers are left with the waitlisted ticket. To solve this problem of rail passengers, Indian Railways run special trains or add extra coaches to existing trains. 


Here is the list of Holi special trains 2023


Train NoStation From Dept









Period Accommodation Stoppages 
03043Howrah23:00Raxaul14:15Sat 04.03.2023General Class, Sleeper Class and Air-conditioned Bandel, Barddhaman, Durgapur, Asansol, Chittaranjan, Madhupur & Jasidih
03044Raxaul15:45Howrah07:20Sun 05.03.2023
04053 Annand Vihar 23:00Udhampur13:10Mon, Thrus06.03.2023 – 09.03.20231st AC, 2 Tier AC, and 3 Tier ACGhaziabad, Meerut City, Muzzaffarnagar, Saharanpur, Yaminanagar, Jagadhari
04054Udhampur21:30Annand Vihar 11:15Tue, Fri07.03.2023 – 10.03.2023
04672Shri Mata Vaishno Devi18:10New Delhi06:40Sun05.03.2023 – 12.03.20232 Tier AC, 3 Tier AC, 3 Tier AC Economy, Sleeper & GeneralUdhampur, Jammu Tawi, Pathankot Cantt, Ludhiana, Ambala Cantt, Panipat
04671New Delhi23:30Shri Mata Vaishno Devi12:00Mon06.03.2023 – 13.03.2023
04530Bhatinda21:05Varanasi17:30Sun, Wed05.03.2023 – 12.03.20233 Tier AC, Sleeper, & GeneralRampura Phul, Lucknow, Raipura, Ambala, Bareilly, Pratagarh, Patiala
04529Varanasi20:30Bhatinda19:10Mon, Thrus06.03.2023 – 13.03.2023
04052Anand Vihar 23:00Varanasi16:10Fri, Sun03.03.2023 – 12.03.2023First AC, 3 Tier AC, SleeperMoradabad, Chandusi, Lucknow, Pratapgarh
04051Varanasi18:30Anand Vihar13:20Sat, Mon04.03.2023 – 13.03.2023
04048Anand Vihar23:00Muzaffarpur21:15Mon, Wed06.03.2023 – 08.03.20233 Tier AC, Sleeper, & GeneralMoradabad, Chandausi Jn, Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Chhapra & Hajipur Stations
04047Muzaffarpur23:00Anand Vihar23:30Tue, Thrus07.03.2023 – 09.03.2023
04518Chandigarh23:15Gorakhpur18:20Thrus02.03.2023 – 09.03.20231st AC, 2 Tier AC, 3 Tier AC, Sleeper, & GeneralAmbala Cantt., Saharanpur, Moradabad, Bareilly, Lucknow, Gonda & Basti Stations
04517Gorakhpur 22:05Chandigarh14:10Fri03.03.2023 – 10.03.2023
04412Anand Vihar11:10Saharsa11:20Mon, Thrus02.03.2023 – 09.03.20233 Tier AC, Sleeper, & GeneralHapur, Moradabad, Bareilly, Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Deoria Sadar, Siwan Jn, Chhapra, Hajipur, Begusarai, Khagaria Jn 
04411Saharsa14:30Anand Vihar13:55Tue, Fri03.03.2023 – 10.03.2023
04060Anand Vihar10:30Jaynagar15:15Tue, Fri03.03.2023 – 10.03.20233 Tier AC, Sleeper, & GeneralMoradabad, Bareilly, Lucknow, Samastipur, Pt DinDayal, Upadhayay, Buxar, Ara, Patna 
04059Jaynagar17:00Anand Vihar 19:55Wed, Sat 04.03.2023 – 11.03.2023
04062Delhi Jn08:40Barauni Jn 02:40Fri03.03.2023 – 10.03.20231st AC, 2 Tier AC, 3 Tier AC, Sleeper, & GeneralAligarh Jn, Tundia Jn, Etawah, Kanpur Central, Danapur, Ara, Patliputra
04061Barauni Jn 04:45Delhi Jn23:35Sat04.03.2023 – 11.03.2023


You can take the update on the Holi special train from the official twitter handle of Indian Railways. There are separate twitter handles for Northern railway, eastern railway etc. Moreover, you can also check the complete train schedule of Holi special trains online. It will help you to plan your journey more conveniently. 


RailMitra will help you to check out the trains between stations, their live status, schedule and more.  After, booking your train ticket, with RailMitra, you can also check PNR status of your train ticket to know if your ticket received confirmed status or not.


Tips to Get Confirmed Ticket During Festivals  


Here are some tips and tricks to get confirmed train tickets during festivals like Holi, Diwali, Chhath, Durga Puja, and other rush times such as the Indian wedding season.  


Book your train ticket in advance 


Booking a train ticket in advance will save you from receiving the waitlisted ticket. You can book your train ticket 120 days before the journey date. During festivals, most of us know earlier that we need to go home or somewhere. So, decide early and don’t risk being trapped in the hassle of unreserved or waitlisted tickets. Book your ticket in case your plan gets changed due to unusual circumstances. You can cancel your train ticket and get a refund after deducting some charges. 


Read: IRCTC Ticket Cancellation and Refund Rules


Get your ticket booked on special trains 


If you are late planning your trip and seats are unavailable on regular trains. Wait for the Indian railways to announce special trains. Railways each year introduce festival special trains for Holi, Diwali, Chhath, Dussehra, Onam, Pongal and other major Indian festivals. However, remember that special charges can be implemented for a special train ticket. And usually doesn’t include a tatkal booking option. 


Opt for Vikalp Option 


Vikalp is a great scheme of Indian railways that helps rail passengers to get confirmed tickets. You can opt for this scheme online through IRCTC official website or the rail connect app. The IRCTC Vikalp train ticket booking scheme is available for counter and online train tickets. 


Book Upper-Class Tickets


Get your first AC and 2nd Tier AC train tickets if the budget does not bind you. Generally, people book tickets for the general, sleeper, and 3rd-tier Ac. That’s why the chances of getting confirmed tickets increased in upper classes.  


These tips will help you get confirmed tickets during the peak time of Indian Railways. To stay updated with Indian Railways’ special trains, news, and tips, stay tuned to the RailMitra Rail enquiry app or website.  Moreover, you can also order food in train through it to relish delicious meals while travelling. 


RailMitra wishes each day fills you with joy and happiness. !



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