Venture of Indian Paradise Holidays

Trains and other Transportation

    • Book in advance – reserved seats in the better cars go quickly so it’s better to book your trains at least a week in advance. Depending on the train, CC, 2AC, 1AC are best.
    • Buying at the Station – major train stations have separate ticket lines for foreigners.
    • Watch your change – My first ticket was bought for me by a local with me in the foreigners’ line. He paid for a ticket of less than 100 rupees with a 500 note and got change for a 100. He held his ground and was insistent despite people pushing him from behind to move on. Eventually he got his change.
    • Trains are punctual – Some trains in some stations only stop for two to four minutes. Plan to get to the station early in case you have difficulty finding your track and car.
  • Finding your car – if you have a reserved seat you will be in a designated car. The larger stations have electronic signs showing exactly where your car will stop – which is helpful when you don’t have long to get on the train. If there are no signs, look for an official and they can tell you.
  • Sleeper Cars – there are usually two toilets at each end of the car and at least one is western style.
  • Left Luggage – if you’re traveling by train and want to stop in a city for the day, show your onward ticket and, for 10 rupees a day,  you can leave your luggage in a secure area while you tour.
  • Retiring Rooms – Some stations have rooms that you can rent as long as you have an onward ticket. The cost is low and the accommodation is very basic.
  • TukTuk Auto Rickshaws – much cheaper than taxis they easily accommodate up to three people plus luggage.
  • TukTuk buses – these typically run up and down main streets of smaller towns. You can jump on and jump off – in Rishikesh the cost is 5 rupees no matter how far you go.
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