There is no better way to see India than on the incredible Indian railway system at ground level instead of in a plane at 35,000 feet.
It is impossible to imagine a trip to India without experiencing the bustle of Indian railway stations, a safe and comfortable train ride, and the sounds of tea sellers. Chai, chai, garam chai adhuri hai journey iss awaz ke bina. A long-distance express train in an AC Chair Car or an AC1 or AC2 sleeper is a safe, civilised, inexpensive & comfortable way to travel around India. It is possible to cover long distances such as Bombay to Delhi, Delhi to Varanasi or Delhi to Udaipur using overnight AC Sleeper trains, city centre to city centre, and save a hotel bill, too.
In India, you can take various trains depending on your journey and whether you travel during the day or night.
- Rajdhani Express
- Shatabdi Express
- Duronto Express
- Jan Shatabdi Express
- Garib Rath Express
- Superfast Trains
- Mail/Express Trains
- Fast Passenger Trains
- Passenger Trains
- Local/suburban trains
- Vande Bharat express
The Duronto Express (introduced in 2009) are:
- Rajdhani Express: The Indian Railway most luxurious trains.
- Shatabdi Express: Daytime, fast intercity trains connecting major cities in a region.
- Garib Rath Express: With a lower fare, these superfast overnight trains are fully conditioned, have sleeping accommodations and sit-and-sleep accommodations.
Trains depart from India’s railway stations for various hill stations.
- Darjeeling Himalayan Railway: As it winds its way over the steep and tortuous foothills of the Himalayas, the ‘toy train’ takes six hours to cover the 83 km distance from New Jalpaiguri station to Darjeeling.
- Kalka–Shimla Railway: Through the Shivalik Hills, 96 km of railroad runs along valleys enclosed by mountains, over 864 stone bridges built like Roman bridges, and through 107 tunnels, one the longest at 1,144 m in length.
Pahadon par jana hai is my constant mood but if you choose trains over flights we can not vibe akele hi jao tum end of the conversation.