Delhi Sarai Rohilla railway station, is situated about 4 km from old Delhi railway junction in India. Its station code is DEE. It is managed by Delhi Division of Northern Railway zone. Many trains from Delhi to Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat stop at this station. More than twenty trains including Duronto and AC trains originate at this station.
Sarai means an inn or resting place for travellers. The station is named after the medieval village it was located in. The village itself was named after a sarai, named after Ruhullah Khan, a noble in the Mughal court. Once it was a sarai on the busy road to Delhi and pilgrimage town of Ajmer. He was one of the three sons of Khalil Ullah Khan, the Governor of Delhi province during reign of Mughal Emperor Shahjahan, and also a distant relative of Empress Mumtaz Mahal. Over time, this name has been corrupted to Rohilla after Rohillas who ruled a region called Rohilkhand around Bareilly and Rampur northeast of Delhi during the Mughal era.
Sarai Rohilla railway station has been developed as a terminus. Many trains originating from Delhi city towards Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Mumbai now start from Sarai Rohilla railway station and end there. It has a ticket reservation centre, three washing lines for train rakes and five platforms. Two platforms of adjacent Vivekanandpuri railway halt are connected to Sarai Rohilla railway station by a common foot overbridge.
Conversion of metre gauge to 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) broad gauge under Project Unigauge started in 1991. The Delhi-Rewari railway line had double metre gauge tracks and one of the tracks was converted to broad gauge in December 1994 as a part of conversion of Ajmer-Delhi line. Within a few years, both the tracks from Sarai Rohilla to Delhi railway station were converted to broad gauge and all metre gauge trains stopped operating from Delhi station. As a result of this, all the metre gauge trains terminated and started from Sarai Rohilla which became a railway terminus.
By September 2006, the second metre gauge track from Sarai Rohilla to Rewari was also converted to broad gauge and all metre gauge trains stopped operating between Rewari and Sarai Rohilla (though the converted track was opened for public use only in October 2007)
Some trains Originate and passes through:
Delhi Sarai Rohilla Jammu Tawi Duronto Express non-stop via Ambala 12265
Delhi Sarai Rohilla Bandra Terminus Garib Rath Express 12215
Jaipur Delhi Sarai Rohilla AC Double Decker Express 12986
Bandra Terminus Delhi Sarai Rohilla Express 19030
Delhi Sarai Rohilla – Chhindwara via Mathura, Jhansi, Bhopal Patalkot Express 14010
Delhi Sarai Rohilla – Dehradun (Mussoorie Express) 14041
Delhi Sarai Rohilla – Kotdwar (Mussoorie Express) 14041-slip / 24041
Delhi Sarai Rohilla – Kalka (Himalyan Queen Express) 14095
Delhi Sarai Rohilla Sri Ganganagar Superfast Express 12455
Delhi Sarai Rohilla – Jodhpur Express 22482
Bikaner Delhi Sarai Rohilla Intercity Express 22472
Bikaner Delhi Sarai Rohilla Superfast Express 12457
Delhi Sarai Rohilla – Jodhpur (Rajasthan Sampark Kranti Express) 12463
Delhi Sarai Rohilla – Bikaner (Rajasthan Sampark Kranti Express) 12463-slip
Delhi Sarai Rohilla – Udaipur (Chetak Express) 12981
Delhi Sarai Rohilla – Jaisalmer Express 14659
Delhi Sarai Rohilla – Barmer Express 14659-slip
Delhi Sarai Rohilla – Porbandar Express 19264
Delhi Sarai Rohilla – Sadulpur Express 14705