Samjhauta Express runs between the two neighboring countries of Indian and Pakistan. Samjhauta, in Urdu and Hindi, means ‘accord’ or ‘compromise’. It is famously known as the friendship train between the two countries. It goes two days a week on Fridays and Tuesdays. The train runs from Delhi in India and Lahore in Pakistan crossing the borders at Attari in India and Wagah in Pakistan. Samjhauta Express is the only train apart from the Thar Express that connects Munnabao in Rajasthan and Khokrapar in Sindh of Pakistan, linking the two nations with mutual history. The train started on July 22, 1976 from Amritsar to the city of Lahore covering a distance of 42 km. To deal with some disturbances of custom and migration issues, the Indian Railways discontinued the service of the train. Earlier, the train ran every day but later turned in a bi-weekly train. Lahore and Delhi are the last and first stopping of the train. The migration procedure is carried out in the border stopping of Wagah in Pakistan and Attari in India. To avoid any discomfort at the terminals, the Pakistan rake is now stopped at the Attari station for the passengers to shift across the trains.
Samjhauta Express for Pakistan Travelers
The Indian Railways has facilitated the Pakistan travelers traveling from Lahore to Delhi to make reservation fifteen days in advance as a beneficial substitute for booking on the day of journey. From July 17, 2010, the travelers from Pakistan can go for online booking of tickets to travel to India. They will require their passports and computerized national identification cards for this purpose.
As a resultant of the terror attacks, there has been transformation in the process of tickets. Selected counters of Allahabad, Kanpur, Amritsar, Saharanpur, and Moradabad in India provide two tickets to the travelers for their trip. One ticket is meant for their journey until the station of Attari and the other one for traveling in the areas of Pakistan in addition to Lahore.
Indian Railways and Pakistan Railways got into an agreement on the alternative usage of a Pakistani and an Indian rake and locomotive for six months. The coaches of the train normally range from four to eight in number. The service was first discontinued on 1 January 2002 due to the attack on the Indian Parliament on 13 December 2001. The service was resumed on 15 January 2004. After the assassination of former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto, the train’s service was again discontinued as a precautionary measure taking into consideration the safety of symbolic leaders of both the nations.