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Don't Want Indian Railways Food? Try These Food Delivery Services

By February 16, 2013

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One of the things I really appreciate is how enterprising people are in India. For every problem that exists, someone will usually come up with an innovative solution.† The issue of the declining quality of Indian Railways food is no exception.

Not long ago, I wrote about the horrific incident of a passenger finding a cooked rat in his vegetarian biryani. I swore I'd never eat Indian Railways food again!† Therefore, I was excited to read about a promising alternative.

As mentioned in this recent news article, two new companies have started up to provide fresh food delivery services to Indian Railways passengers. Called TravelKhana and MeraFoodChoice, the companies are essentially meal ordering platforms that have tie ups with restaurants at major stations. Passengers pre-order their food through the companies (either by phone, online, or using an app)† and the restaurants package and deliver it to them.

According to the article, MeraFoodChoice is just three months old but is already serving 300-400 customers daily at over 75 stations across India.† On its home page, TravelKhana claims to provide meals on over 2,000 trains.

It sounds like† a service worth trying! Does anyone have any experiences to share?

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February 16, 2013 at 11:23 pm
(1) Dhananjay says:

Thanks for such useful information. Now no more worries about food during train journeys.

February 22, 2013 at 12:06 am
(2) Jeffrey C. Stroud says:

Thanks for the information you have stated at your article. Itís a very informative blog . Please keep on doing such a wonderful deed of sharing such information like this.

March 8, 2013 at 2:37 am
(3) goindia says:

I’m happy to report that I recently used Travel Khana twice (as well as packed a tiffin) on the train from Mumbai to Rajasthan, and the service and food were both excellent. :-)

July 2, 2013 at 6:59 pm
(4) GPS says:

Basically, i used to travel once or twice by mail train. You know, food of Indian Railways canteen are really worst. I used to buy foods from stations, whenever train halt. But now i have a choice. I really appreciate travel khana and mere food for taking a step ahead in the welfare of public.

July 13, 2013 at 8:09 am
(5) HIMANSHU says:


November 7, 2013 at 3:03 pm
(6) Pooja says:

I quite recently came to hear abt http://www.yatrachef.com .Food delivery in train but they are more like a marketplace .They have far more food options in each locations and has quite a remarkable reach in south india.More over they are quite professional and coordinated than both travelkhana and mfc. Quite impressive for a startup.Not a lot of stations covered when i ordered but the customer service is great. Was impressed with that the most. But at the end of the day,all these are exceptional initiatives by youngsters and only with these initiatives will we get railways to do something abt der service.

Kudas to All

November 15, 2013 at 3:46 am
(7) Pushkaraj says:

Upfront such service doesn’t seem to be legal, but surely travelkhana and merafodchoice would have taken care of the legal aspect. Does anyone know the workaround or the loopholes by which it would be termed as legal business ?

November 17, 2013 at 6:20 am
(8) goindia says:

Hi Pushkaraj, why wouldn’t it be legal? Could you please elaborate.

December 10, 2013 at 4:51 pm
(9) Navneet Choudhary says:

There is One more Fast Growing food delivery portal. TrainKhana
you can order food in train at http://www.trainkhana.co.in OR you can call 0-88755-45555

January 14, 2014 at 7:09 am
(10) Sapan says:

Trainkhana the worst food ever i have tried :(

January 14, 2014 at 7:24 am
(11) goindia says:

Hi Sapan, do you mean Travelkhana? What station did you get your food at? Different restaurants provide the food, depending on the location.

January 16, 2014 at 11:06 am
(12) Santhanu says:

I had food ordered & delivered ( KCVL- NZM express) at Surat(Lunch) & Ratlam(Dinner) on 12th January 2014 . It was certainly better than Railway canteen food but in both places it was not as good as in a restaurant. Chappati was good but the rice was not fully cooked. Between these two places Surat Restaurant was better.
But for my return journey I had booked dinner which was delivered at Nagada which was as bad as Railway canteen food.
Avoid Nagada order from this site!

January 16, 2014 at 11:38 am
(13) goindia says:

Thanks for the tips and feedback about that, Santhanu!

March 9, 2014 at 2:08 pm
(14) Navneet Choudahry says:

TrainKhana provides quality hot food on your seat. http://www.trainkhana.com/ you can order fresh food over 4000+ trains

March 20, 2014 at 10:09 am
(15) Venkat says:

List Of Web Sites To Order Quality Food From Trains.


March 21, 2014 at 10:50 am
(16) abhishek jha says:

i doubt the legality of the business as irctc generally issues tenders for such services

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