May 4, 2009

Train Travel In India

Indian Railways is one of the largest rail networks in the world and the best and most economical way to travel long distances in India. And like most public transport it is an excellent way to converse with local people and see the diverse landscapes of the country.

I have fond memories of standing by the open doors and watching the endless mustard fields whiz by in north India. Dozing off in the sleeper cars you’ll often wake up to the sounds of vendors on the platforms touting their goods during the short intervals the train stops. Chai, chai (tea, tea).

12 comments:

Hobo ........ ........ ........ said...

Yes. You remind me again the travel scene before I travel soon.
Thankyou ! Thankyou ! Thankyou !

Community Based Tourism said...

Can i visit Goa from Delhi through the Train.

LisaNewton said...

I've traveled on the Indian railways several times. I usually found it fairly relaxing, laying on the bed next to the window.

Because I was traveling with my children, we usually had a "room" all to ourselves...............:)

Erica Johansson said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again: train travel is by far the best mode of transportation. Haven't yet seen India from a train wagon, though. Hopefully in the future.

Nomadic Matt said...

i've always heard indian train travel was one of the most unique things to do. but i hate trains...such a long journey...can i fly? lol

Wendy said...

Hobo, Happy Travels

Community Based Tourism--you could but it would take a few days

Lisa, I like the compartments.

Erica, Agreed!

Matt, I'm surprised you hate trains being how much you travel.

Nomadic Matt said...

@wendy: there are only so many 14 hr train rides you can take before you never want to take another

jen laceda said...

I haven't been to India, but if I do, train travel is in order!

Wendy said...

Matt, I hear you. I feel the same way about 14 hour flights to Asia.

Jen, You must!

Cuckoo said...

Hi,
I am late to comment because I was traveling and didn't have much access to blogging.

I love train journeys and prefer them over flights. They keep me grounded. :-)

@Community Based Tourism-- There is one train which takes 25 hours to reach Goa. Others take much longer time.

Prêt à Voyager said...

my dad did a whole case study with the indian national railways. i want him to take me with him next trip!

anne

Anonymous said...

Hi !

If ever I'll get to visit India again, I'll try train just for a change since i love riding trains. Just wondering if you might want to check out the site i found that has reviews about Travel by Train. I hope you'll find it interesting as well as resourceful.

Regards,