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The Rajdhani continues its south-western sprint post Kota, racing through the forests and sharp elongated curves of the Dara Pass. Subsequently, it skips the major stations of Shamgarh and Nagda, crosses the Chambal river, and sedately crosses the station of Ratlam, having covered 731 kilometres in seven hours and 30 minutes at a whopping average speed of 96 kmph.
As evening descends, the Rajdhani is hit by a 100 kmph barrier and snakes through the Panch Pipla hill ranges. We enter the state of Gujarat after Dahod and post Godhra, are able to hit up to 120 kmph where the Mumbai Rajdhani crosses us with a Ghaziabad WAP5. At Vadodara, we change traction from electric to diesel and are subsequently powered by a Golden Rock WDP3A. As we head through coastal Gujarat, we undertake two major station skips of Bharuch and Surat at a steady pace, also crossing the Narmada river after Bharuch.