6/06/2013 12:57:00 PM

5 Tips For Indian Train Travel

Riding the rails, India. Photo by DerekBrown/Flickr.com.

Indian Railways is one of the world’s largest transport networks and employs around 1.4 million people - not surprisingly, it can seem overwhelming to visitors. But once you get to know how best to use it, it’s simple. Follow these 5 tips to get the most out of this hugely enjoyable way of getting around India; chances are, it will be one of your most rewarding travel experiences in this sprawling country.

7 comments :

  1. Great tips... some more to add..from a seasoned traveller on Indian railways!
    Dont leave your shoes under the seat at night, its a good idea to carry poly bags and pack them up in your bag or next to you.
    Avoid eating food offered by strangers, for obvious reasons.
    Definitely look your luggage as suggested.
    Dont overfill your suitcase when travelling in 3 sleepers, they tend to not fit below the seat.
    Carry toilet seat covers too, if you are not familiar with using the India style restrooms, there is an option of western style too, but for hygiene reasons its good to carry disposable toilet seat covers.. which you should buy from USA and take because i doubt the availability in India.
    BYO food for best results!

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  2. Emma - all excellent tips but for one. It is 'actually' a punishable offense to use toilet while parked at a station. Only about 2% of Indian trains have flight based toilet systems and while this is being improved, the toilets waste is thrown onto the tracks. For vast miles of unpopulated areas, this may seem a 'good' way to dispose waste, but if the toilet is used while the train is in a station, it just going to add to the station's ambiance. This is definitely an issue that the Railways should handle and is handling, albeit a little slowly, my suggestion is to avoid using train toilets as much as possible and if need be, use when the train is on a remote stretch. Most Superfast Trains like Rajdhani and Shatabdi use imported German designed coaches which are much smoother. And yes, unless one has spent some time in India eating local food, one might want to avoid any uncovered food. I'm an Indian and I always buy packed food and if not anything else, energy bars like snickers and fresh fruits are great. After all, it is a just a matter of few hours.

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  5. Nice tips you have shared, But I would love to go with bus travel. I enjoy my travel with bus journey. I am from south India and I love to travel south and north India historical places. Last year I traveled to ernakulam with Kallada Travels, I had a great journey.

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