Visakhapatnam Secunderabad Visakhapatnam Garib Rath Express train

The Garib Rath express train is one of the premier trains introduced by the Indian Railways in 2005 to provide fully air-conditioned travel to those passengers who could not afford the expensive tickets of the fully air-conditioned coaches as in Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express.

Therefore, the Garib Rath, whose name means “Poor Man’s Chariot”, was introduced with the facilities of being fully air-conditioned and running faster than most other super-fast express trains running presently. The maximum speed of Garib Rath trains is 130 km/hr which is the same as Rajdhani’s top speed. However, in Garib Rath trains, passengers are not normally provided with blankets and pillow and they have to pay extra to get those.

They have continuous running electronic display which will show distance remaining, next station name and expected time to reach there. The coaches are also decorated with beautiful paintings of Indian heritage artwork. The emergence of the Garib Rath has led to more connections between commercially important routes, where these trains run faster and make fewer stops.

The Visakhapatnam Secunderabad Visakhapatnam Garib Rath Express bearing numbers 12739 and 12740 halts at Anakapalle, Samalkot, Rajamundry, Eluru, Vijayawada, Khammam and Warangal on both sides of its journey.

This train has all compartments comprising of AC 3 Tier Class of Journey. The Comprehensive details such as train name, their numbers, and days of run and other related information are provided underneath in the table.

Visakhapatnam Secunderabad Visakhapatnam Garib Rath Express
Details Visakhapatnam Secunderabad Garib Rath Express Secunderabad Visakhapatnam Garib Rath Express
Train Number 12739 12740
Days of Run All Days of the week All Days of the week
Originating station Visakhapatnam Secunderabad Junction
Departure Time 2030 Hrs 2015 Hrs
Destination Station Secunderabad Junction Visakhapatnam
Arrival time 0810 Hrs 0730 Hrs
Time taken 11 Hrs and 40 Minutes 11 Hrs and 15 Minutes
Distance covered 701 kilometers 701 kilometers
Average Running Speed 59.66 Kilometers per hour 62.31 Kilometers per hour
Fare AC 3 Tier Rs 595 Rs 595

Secunderabad Railway Junction

Station Code SC

General Enquiry 131

Reservation Enquiry 132

It may please be noted that if you are calling these numbers from outside of Hyderabad or Secunderabad then prefix it with the STD Code of Hyderabad / Secunderabad which is 040. For example if you are calling 131 then please dial it as 040131.

Amenities at Secunderabad railway station

  • Waiting rooms
  • Retiring rooms
  • Computerized reservation offices
  • Tourist information centers
  • Medical and general shops,
  • Refreshment / snacks room
  • Book stall and STD / PCO booths
  • Wheel Chairs and stretchers

Distances of major landmarks in Hyderabad from Secunderabad railway station

Hyderabad Airport is 18 kilometers, Charminar 4 kilometers, Mecca Masjid 4 kilometers, Birla Temple 2 kilometers, Salar Jung Museum 4 kilometers, Hussain Sagar lake 5 kilometers, Nehru Zoological Park 4 kilometers, Qutub Shahi Tombs 10 kilometers, Golconda Fort 10 kilometers, Ramoji Film City 27 kilometers from this railway station.

Visakhapatnam Railway Station

Station Code VSKP

General Enquiry 131

Reservation Enquiry 132

It may please be noted that if you are calling these numbers from outside of Visakhapatnam then prefix it with the STD Code of Visakhapatnam which is 0891. For example if you are calling 131 then please dial it as 0891131.

Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, popularly known as Vizag, is a booming industrial city on the east coast of India. It is located on the eastern shore of India nestled among the Eastern Ghats Hill Ranges and facing the Bay of Bengal on the East.The port city with the biggest ship building yard in India, is also the headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command. The beautiful city with its twin town Waltair, forms a harmonious blend of majestic hills, valleys and golden beaches along the Bay of Bengal coastline. In addition to being a major port handling high volume of cargo, it has developed oil refining, fertilizer, petro-chemical, steel plant, sugar refining and jute industries.

Major Landmarks of Tourist Interest in and around Visakhapatnam from Railway Station

Dolphin’s nose

Dolphin’s Nose, the rocky promontory with a cliff rising 174m above the sea is the most prominent sight in Vizag. It also shelters the harbour, from where manganese and iron ore are shipped out. The lighthouse here has a beam visible more than 60km out to sea.

The Fort

The fort, constructed in 1661 by the Dutch forms the oldest part of the city. It is separated from the Dolphins Nose, by a small river which forms a sandbar. Here the remains of barracks, an arsenal, the Court House, a protestant church and cemetery can be seen. The cemetery has some European graves dating back to 1699. The fort was completely ruined.

Sri Venkateswara Konda

Sri Venkateswara Konda or hill on the south, has a temple dedicated to Lord Venkateswara. It is believed to have been built by an European Captain Blackmoor, in 1866. This temple has a small steeply pyramidal entrance gopura. The port channel, the entrance of the inner harbor for ships and liners can be seen from here.

Mother Mary’s Church

The central and the highest Ross Hill, named after a Monsieur Ross who built a house on it in 1864, has now been converted into a Roman Catholic Mother Mary’s Church. The pathway to the church is lined with shrines of the stages of the cross. There were excellent views of the ship building yard from here.

Darga Konda

The north hill Darga Konda, has a mosque and the mausoleum of the Muslim saint, Baba Ishaq Madina, revered for his prophecies and venerated by Hindu and Muslim devotees alike.

Rama Krishna Beach

Rama Krishna Beach is located 5km from the centre of Visakhapatanam. This beach occupying the largest part of the seafront is a great spot to spend time leisurely. The R.K. Beach was jointly developed by the Municipal Corporation of Visakhapatnam (MCV) and the VUDA. The submarine museum here is one of its kind in the country. Sri Ramakrishna mission Ashram is Located nearby.

Lawson’s Bay Beach

Another important beach in the city, Lawsons Bay Beach has beautiful golden sands and lush green vegetation.

Rishikonda beach and Resort

Located 13 kilometers from Visakhapatnam on the Visakhapatnam- Bheemulipatnam beach road, is Rishikonda, a thickly covered hill. The lovely beach here with golden sands is the best beach in Vizag. It is ideal for water skiing, wind surfing and swimming. The tourist complex here is well equipped with a tourist lodge, individual rental cottages, a restaurant and other amenities. The 14th century Sri Sapta Rusheswara Temple surrounded by seven hills is located here.

The Indira Gandhi Zoological Park

The Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, 6km from the city centre spread over 425 Acres of land, has over 400 varieties of animals. This is one of the largest Zoo Parks in Andhra Pradesh. The well planned layout of the zoo has different enclosures for primates, carnivores, lesser carnivores, small mammals and birds close to their natural habitats. There is a mini-train to facilitate watching of wild life.

Content updated in January 2020

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