Travel by Train
Travelling by train is a must-do experience in India and a great way to meet local people. Some of our group tours and tailor-made holidays in India include comfortable train journeys, which depending on the itinerary may take place during the day or during the night.
The Indian Railway system is the world’s second largest with over 108,706 kilometres of track, connecting more than 7,000 stations and employing around 1.4 million people. Everyday more than 7,000 passenger trains run, carrying some 14 million passengers.
If travelling overnight, we accommodate passengers in the comfortable 2nd class sleeper air-conditioned category (unless otherwise indicated at a higher level). 2nd class sleeper air-conditioned cabins consist of two upper and two lower bunks (which are sat upon until retiring to bed), shared by you and other Indian travellers. Some smaller cabins comprise one upper bunk and two lower chairs that are for seating until retiring to bed, when these two lower chairs can be easily converted to a lower bunk. All cabins are mixed sex. Your cabin is not a self contained as such.‘Cabins’ are separated from the carriage corridor by curtains, serving as an artificial barrier that can be drawn at night. Luggage can be stored underneath the lower bunks or on the floor. The carriage is manned by an attendant who will distribute linen. Dependent upon the service, a variety of snacks and drinks or full dinner service can be ordered at additional cost. Food aboard the Shatabdi Express train is exceptionally good, though on many other train services it is probably best to buy snacks, fresh fruit or meals prior to the start of your journey. In addition, there are WC facilities (European and also ‘squat-style’) at each end of the carriage. Cleanliness varies, so be prepared and take your own anti-bacterial hand wipes and toilet paper.
If travelling on a daytime train, you will travel in an air-conditioned seated carriage (or 2nd class air-conditioned cabin), except to elevated destinations where due to local weather patterns air-conditioning is not necessary.