Journey By Train
The railways provides some of the good means of transport in India. Railway tracks cris-cross the country and connect almost all the major tourist destinations in India. There are tourist places which have a direct railhead which connects them with other places of transition. But there are many tourist places which are waiting for the railways to lay down the tracks. Nevertheless, the number of commuters being handled by railways is tremendous.
About the trains, there are many categories in which the trains have been divided and accordingly the fair and time taken to cover a distance varies. There are Rajdhani trains from Delhi which connects the other state capitals with the national capital of India. These trains have three classes first class, second class and three tier sleepers. The fare differs accordingly. In the Rajdhani trains catering is free according to your taste also they provide you beddings if you need one.
Then there are Shatabdi trains which run for not very long distances and are the fastest trains in India. These trains only have chair cars and catering is free. Often these trains have special events on board like fashion show on the train and music by a DJ. Both the Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains are fully air conditioned.
Apart from the Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains are the superfast trains which connect the various places and have limited stops. These trains have AC classes and Sleeper class. The fare of these trains varies from the ordinary trains. Then there are mail trains which were started primarily to carry mails from one place to other. The passenger and local trains carry local commuters travelling for short distances.
Then railways have special trains running in major tourist sectors and often are designed to bring back the memories of bygone eras. Like the Palace on wheels as the name indicates has been designed to connect the tourist places in Agra, Rajasthan. It starts from Delhi and covers Jaipur, Udaipur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Agra and other historic places. As the name indicates this train infuses royalty in travelling with modern restaurant, bar and library on board. The train has been decorated in Royal style and gives a royal feeling. One has to pay in dollars for this train and reservation is done at the Government of Rajasthan tourist offices and Railway headquarters. Also, there are some authorised travel agents who do the reservation for this train. On the same lines chugs the Royal Orient Express which covers the tourist destinations in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.
Apart from these trains are the special trains like the Buddha Parikrama train or the Fairy queen which run for particular time period and cover some specific destinations. Like the Buddha Parikrama covers the major places related to Buddha. Fairy Queen is the oldest running locomotive in the world and runs between Delhi and Sariska National Park.
For the convenience of commuters railways has opened computerised reservation offices all over India and one can get reservation for any train form these counters. But there is a major rush for reservations and it is better to get tickets well in advance other wise you might land up in trouble.