India is a vast and beautiful country full of natural and cultural beauty and charm. The country is one of the most favorite haunts for the tourists who throng here in thousands to explore the beauty and mysteries of India. Various modes of transport such as air, rail, water and road transportation are easily available in the country and traveling in India can be a unique and rewarding experience for all its visitors.
Air Travel in India:
India has a very good air network and many domestic airlines operate their flights to various destinations in the country. All the 28 states of India are well connected by air. Indian Airlines, a government of India enterprise and the country's premier domestic airline, flies extensively across the nation and to neighboring countries. Its subsidiary Alliance Air, offers flights to some 59 less famous destinations not covered by the India Airlines. Other major domestic players in air traveling are Jet Airways, Air Sahara, Kingfisher Airlines, Air Deccan and recently lunched Spice Jet, all connecting major cities and towns of India. You can easily book your tickets online or through thousands of air ticketing agents in all over the country.
Rail Travel in India:
The Indian Railways has the second largest railways network in the world. With a total route length of over 63,000 Km and 6867 railway stations, Indian Railways has emerged as the backbone of the country's Transport system. Indian Railways operates some of the most prestigious and luxurious trains of the world including the world-renowned the 'Palace on Wheels'- a train with historical charm and modern comforts.
All the major tourist destinations of India are well-connected by rail. The Indian Railways offers a computerized ticketing system and one can easily book tickets online. In addition, there are thousands of computerized railway counters all over the country where you can book your tickets.
For foreign tourists and NRI's, there are many 'International Tourist Bureaus' located at various important cities all over India. These provide assistance to the foreign tourists regarding enquiries, booking, reservation and travel planning etc. A separate foreign tourist quota has also been provided in all classes and almost all the trains for the comfort of tourists.
Foreign visitors can also purchase Indrail passes (in US dollars) at the bureaus and from the General Sales Agents appointed abroad and in India, which enable them to travel wherever they like, whenever they like and on whichever trains they like within the validity period. A tourist traveling on Indrail Pass is exempted from paying reservation fee, sleeper charges and supplementary charges for traveling by super fast trains or for meals provided in Rajdhani and Shatabdi Express trains.
Road Transport in India:
India has a remarkably good network of roads, spreading like veins and connecting almost every part of the country. There are extensive local bus routes in all major cities. Major modes of road transports in India are buses including the finest luxury coaches and deluxe Volvo buses, Cars, Tempos (3-wheelers), Bikes and cycles and cycle rickshaw.
Car rental system (similar to those in the West), chauffeur driven cars and short and long distance metered taxis are also available in India. At some places tourists can also hire self-driven bikes for short and long tours.
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