The best way to get around India is probably by train (and air although we naturally prefer non-air travel, as we have concerns about the environment – but that’s our choice!)
Travel by train is often long and trains get delayed – don’t be surprised if your train gets delayed by several hours! In fact, be surprised if it isn’t delayed by several hours!! It’s not necessarily that bad, but take it into consideration. You’ll certainly see more of India if you travel by train and you get a bed to sleep on (albeit not very private).
Indian trains have several ‘classes’, including just sitting coaches, non-airconditioned ‘sleeper’ coaches (fold down beds for night-time use, although upper bunks can be used any time), air-conditioned ‘sleeper’ coaches and first class compartments with private facilities (although not quite what we might call ‘1st class’ in the west!!). The AC compartments are certainly quieter than non-AC compartments, as there are double glazed windows, which there aren’t in non-AC, but they can be more boring! If you have dust allergies, we also highly recommend that you travel non-AC. Bedding is provided in AC and whilst it is clean, the blankets often contain dust and this can be very problematic if you suffer in this way.
It is ESSENTIAL that you book your train in advance when travelling long distances in India, unless you don’t want the guarantee of a place to sleep at night. Trains are always full, often months in advance, so it’s highly advisable to get your ticket well before your date of travel to India. We offer this service to you and will ensure that you get guaranteed seats, and beds, on trains, in your preferred class – as long as we too receive some notice prior to your travel, of course! We are authorized ticketing agent for booking train tickets for Indian Railways.