India is abundant with tourist places, both natural and man-made. One of the commonly used transport to commute between the cities in India is by train. However, this may not excite you if you are not used to Indian trains.
If some things are taken care off , travelling India via train is no big deal! Let us see how you can have a safe and happy journey in India, exploring the best of Indian Railways.
1. Book the tickets in advance
Don't be surprised if the train tickets are fast filling or unavailable if you check tickets a few days before the trip. During the festive seasons and peak holiday seasons, the tickets may not be available unless you boom them around 3-4 months prior to the trip. If you want to cancel these tickets, you can do that later and have the amount refunded, deducting a nominal cancellation charge.
2. Decide on the level of comfort
If you're travelling a long distance, it is better to go for AC coaches, so that the climatic changes outside and the dust does not affect you much. The AC coaches are closed and will be cleaner than the general compartments. However, if you are looking for a real Indian experience and to know how a typical Indian travels daily by train, choose the general compartment. These compartments are generally crowded and noisy compared to the AC coaches.
3. Take care of your belongings
While travelling by train, ensure that you don't carry much expensive things. Keep your luggage chained beneath your seat, so that you can sleep peacefully while travelling.
4. Delay in arrival
Have a book in hand and enough water and snacks with you, so that you don't get bored in case the train arrives later than the scheduled time.
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5. The toilets in the train
Though the toilets are neat in the trains, do not expect them to be as good as the ones in luxury hotels and restaurants in India.
Apart from these travel tips, ensure that you are safe and do not disclose any of your personal details to the strangers who travel with you. Have a happy and safe train journey!