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Equipped with Vistadome coach, Mumbai-Pune Deccan Express offers unhindered view of scenic Western Ghats

Vistadome is a state-of-the-art coach made by the Indian Railways, designed to provide passengers with travel comfort as well as an enhanced viewing experience of their surroundings

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: June 29, 2021 1:04:30 pm
Vistadome coach in Mumbai-Pune route, india vistadome trains, mumbai pune western ghats sceneic tour, piyush goyal, railway minitry, indian expressUnion Railway Minister Piyush Goyal shared images and videos of the train's first journey. (Source: Piyush Goyal/ Twitter)

After weeks of anticipation and excitement, passengers on Saturday were finally able to enjoy the picturesque view of the Western Ghats from the first-ever Vistadome coach in Pune-Mumbai Deccan Express. Videos of the journey have left many on social media excited.

Following the restoration of the Mumbai-Pune Deccan Express, “passengers can enjoy unhindered views of river, valley, waterfalls, etc. on Mumbai-Pune route,” the Central Railways said in a statement. Until now, the Vistadome coach was running only in Mumbai-Madgaon Jan Shatabdi Special train.

Vistadome is a state-of-the-art coach made by the Indian Railways, designed to provide passengers with travel comfort as well as an enhanced viewing experience of their surroundings. The features include wide window panes and glass rooftop, rotatable seats and pushback chairs, among others.

Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal shared a few images of passengers filming their experience.

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Goyal also shared some videos of the tour, along with testimonials from passengers enjoying the special coach, which is popular in many foreign countries.

The special train includes one Vistadome coach, three AC chair cars, 10 second-class seating and one second-class seating cum guard’s brake van.

Passengers travelling on the route can enjoy the scenic beauty while passing near Matheran hill (Near Neral), Songir hill (near Palasdhari), Ulhas River (near Jambrung), Ulhas Valley, areas of Khandala and Lonavala. They can also see the waterfalls and tunnels on the South East Ghat section.

Vistadome coach in Mumbai-Pune route, india vistadome trains, mumbai pune western ghats sceneic tour, piyush goyal, railway minitry, indian express A view of the lush green Western Ghat seen from the train. (Source: Central Railways)

Interested tourists will be able to take a round-trip on the route daily. While a special train will leave Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus at 7.00 am daily and arrive Pune at 11.05 am, another will leave Pune at 3.15 pm and arrive in Mumbai at 7.05 pm on the same day.

Booking will be open at all PRS centers and on IRCTC websites. Only passengers having confirmed tickets will be permitted to board the special train, adhering all norms, SOPs related to Covid-19 during the boarding, travel and at destination.

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